I have said it before, babies need a lot of stuff! And frankly, it doesn’t stop as they get bigger. The stuff just keeps coming…
Besides the obvious, sales and deals, one of my favorite ways to save money on baby/kids’ stuff is by consignment shopping. And my favorite way to consignment shop is at a consignment event. I’ve posted about consignment events in the past, but if you aren’t familiar with this concept here’s the scoop. The events take place in a large venue (like a church multipurpose room), and moms come from far and wide to sell their baby/kids’s outgrown clothes, toys, gear and more (even maternity wear). If you’ve never been to an event like this, you would be amazed at how much stuff appears for sale. The sale only lasts a couple of days, then the items are either returned to the moms or donated to charity. It’s quick, exciting and a great place to score deals.
Now, we aren’t talking garage sale prices, but we aren’t talking garage sale quality either. We are talking about moms selling stuff that moms would buy. Think about it, babies/kids fly through clothes so fast that everyone has pieces of adorable clothing that was only worn once or twice before it was outgrown. You’ll even find items that are new with tags! Most prices are roughly 1/2 of retail for big items less for clothing (because there is just so much of it).
Trust me – once you see the quality of what you can get, you will always want to shop consignment first! (I know I do!)
My favorite local Orlando sale is Boutique for a Week. And if I have gotten you excited about shopping, you are in luck. The next Boutique for a Week sale is coming up September 20-23, 2011. Of course, the key to consignment event shopping is to get their early. The Boutique for a Week sale opens to the public September 21, but expecting moms can pre-register to shop early on September 20 – hint hint expecting moms, do this!
I have participated in several Boutique for a Week events both as a shopper and consignor, and I’ll be back as both again for this event. Here are some pics from previous events.
For this event the ladies of Boutique for a Week have added a new feature, a Betsy Shoppe where moms will be selling their handmade items. (Since I love crafty stuff, I am excited about this new feature!)
If you have never attended Boutique for a Week, I challenge you to set aside time to check it out as a shopper. Once you see how great it is, you will be itching to sell your outgrown stuff at the next event. (BTW – they make it so easy to sell your stuff. I love checking my daily progress and seeing those dollar signs increasing!)
Got questions about Boutique for a Week, ask me 🙂
Giveaway – Are you excited yet? How would you like a pre-sale pass that gets you in even before the expecting moms on September 19? That’s what I thought. Normally, these passes are reserved for those who volunteer to assist with the sale, but I get to give one lucky reader a special pass! Yay!
Alright – who’s ready to go shopping?!!?
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This giveaway has ended, the winner was Amber Pici.
This post is brought to you by Boutique for a Week, however, all thoughts and options are my own.