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I’ve consignment store shopped, and I’ll never look back. It started out as a way to stretch the budget for my quick-growing offspring who frequent mud puddles, creek beds, and basically anywhere the dog goes. I’ve always been a yard sale junkie; rainy days and moving sales make for the best deals, but I really started noticing the abundance of second-hand resources available for a reduce & reuse kind of family. Check out these 5 handy tips before buying for your brood!
Once Upon A Child: A kid’s resale franchise that has clothes, shoes, baby gear, costumes, toys, and even outdoor play equipment. The inventory is always changing because it’s so popular, and it’s probably my favorite! The company that owns OUAC also owns Plato’s Closet, Style Encore, Play It Again Sports, and Music Go Round.
Local Consignment Stores: I live in a big small town, so there are a few reputable stores with quality items. The inventory doesn’t change as often, but you can often find better deals, especially at the end of a season.
ThredUp: This is a great online thrift store option. I actually have a separate post (with pictures!) about it here.
Consignment Sales: I don’t know about every state, but in Kentucky there are several huge sales throughout the year. Moms & Tots in Lexington, Lots 4 Tots in Shelbyville, Tot Teen & Wardrobe in Owensboro, Duck Duck Goose in Bowling Green, and KY Kid’s Consignment which has multiple locations. If you search “consignment” on facebook, I guarantee that some sort of sale will pop up for your area. Be sure to take big tote bags so you don’t have to carry a bunch of hangers on your fingers!
Facebook Groups: There are really reputable Buy/Sell/Trade groups where mostly moms list their items or purge their kids’ closets. Think of it as an online yard sale. Once someone posts a picture of what they’re getting rid of, you just comment “want” or “sold”, then arrange with them for pickup. As in any organized society, there are rules that are normally posted to the group’s main page. (Sometimes people will even post when they see super slashed clearance at retail stores. I’ve gotten brand-new-from-the-store kid’s clothes for less than $1!) That’s contributing to the parenthood right there.
***INSIDER TIP***: Go to your favorite consignment store (or group!) on the Monday after a local “big” consignment sale. A lot of the items that weren’t sold are taken here after, and some kind souls will let you look in their stuff before they even step foot in the store!
Maybe you don’t like crowded sales or having to look through racks, but it.is.so.worth.it! Once Upon A Child is very organized, usually at least half off regular retail prices, and I often take home new-with-the-store-tags-still-on items. When your kids outgrow their clothes next week? You can resell them! The clutter in your house will decrease, and your wallet will thank you. So my secret is out — you don’t have to commit to green consumerism, but no one will believe what you didn’t pay for the on-trend steals that you’re bound to discover!
With spirit & sass,