...or at least the $6 Stride Rite saddle shoes.
Last year, I blogged about one of my favorite local consignment sales for children's clothes. Y'all know I don't like to mention where I live here on the blog, so I'll refer to the sale yet again as the "WW sale." I thought I'd share a few thoughts on shopping this year and a couple of photos of my finds.
When it comes to an annual consignment sale (of any kind, really), the "early bird" really does get the worm. Otherwise, the other birds have picked through everything and you are left with old, stained, or overpriced grubs...or something like that.
My friend L and I arrived early enough to wait in line outside the local "Exposition Center," and upon entrance, we were greeted with racks and clothes and tables of baby gear as far as the eye could see:
My best advice?
Bring something to carry your bargains in, whether it's a shopping bag, wagon, or double stroller with a laundry basket inside...don't judge me.
Be sure to inspect items you pull off the rack.
I'm guilty of snatching up a cute cotton romper, only to discover on my way to check-out that it has some tiny stains that the seller tried to disguise by putting a little sweater over it.
Know beforehand what you are willing to spend.
When I shop consignment, I expect to find a good deal. Unless it's the last day of the sale (when many items are marked at 50% off), you won't find anything at the WW sale marked less than $4. I try to hunt for pieces marked between $4 and $6.
I also expect consignors to know their audience. I saw several women laugh, shake their heads, and put a lovely little Lilly Pulitzer sundress back on the rack.
$26 may be a good price when comparing to a brand new LP dress for $60-$100, but generally the shoppers you'll find at a consignment sale are looking for rock bottom prices. The same goes for over-priced Gymboree outfits. If I wanted to spend $15 on a pair of cotton shorts and a matching top, I'd spend it as a "down payment" on something brand new from the store.
If you're willing to spend a little time "digging," you'll be sure to find some good thrifty treasures to bring home with you. I did!
If you're a local, and would like more information about the next WW sale (in April!), please email me and I'd be happy to send you the website and sale details.
Linking to Rhoda's super fun Thrifty Treasures party!
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