Tuesday, January 29, 2013
SPRING CONSIGNMENT DAY
Today was Spring consignment day for me. I spent last week going through all of the kids drawers and closets, making them try on a gazillion things to see what still fit and what didn't. I ended up with a bin full of clothes, dresses, and shoes, from my little angel, because she grows like the Jolly Green Giant. She's 2 years old and only 4 pounds away from catching up to her 4 year old brother. But she's tall too, not just thick. And then I had another bin full of a combination between my 4 year old and 9 year old boys clothes. I love consigning and consignment shopping. I like to think I dress my kiddos pretty cute, stylish, and nice. Without buying most of their things used though, I would never be able to afford to dress them as nicely as I do. I know what some of you are thinking..."I would never dress my child in used clothes, in someone else's clothes." That's definitely a first time mother thought, if you are thinking that. But once you realize what amazing deals you can get for name brand clothes that were only worn for a few months, because kids grow so quickly, you will be hooked. Having more than one child is definitely what pushed me towards my love affair with consigning. I also thoroughly enjoy handing clothes down to friends and having friends hand clothes down to me. That's the best!
The key to consignment shopping is finding a store that is first and foremost, neat and clean. You also want to do a general check of what they are carrying. Their items should look nearly new, clean, free of stains, and be high quality items. Clothes from Wal-Mart, for instance, are a no-no at the consignment shop I use. This is because their items are generally pretty cheap, and cheaply made, so there would be no profit for you or the store to consign these items. Where do you find these consignment stores? They are everywhere. I had no idea how many, until I started paying attention. I don't even have enough time to visit all of the ones in my town, so I pretty much just stick with the one. There are perks to consigning too, besides getting money for your clothes, or getting new (used) clothes in exchange for the clothes that were sold. You typically get to be one of the first shoppers at the beginning of each season sale, plus a percentage off, not too mention when you shop at consignment stores, you're supporting small, local businesses.
I'm interested to see how many of my readers do consign. So, do you? How many of you never have, but think you might want to try it now?