I’ve been hearing about the Just Between Friends Consignment Sales Events since Aiden was born and I’ve been wanting to go for a year now. I’ve heard that they have great stuff for moms and babies from maternity all the way through kid years.
I finally made it to one on Thursday morning. They are Wednesday-Sundays a couple times a year. I knew I needed to get there early in order to score some of the bigger items that were possibly available. I was looking for outdoors toys for Aiden for the summer. I was thinking of either playhouses or outdoor climber because they are so expensive new.
While we didn’t find any of these items per say, we did find him a Little Tykes kitchen in great condition that will go on our patio, a few toys and some clothes. There is always craigslist to look more for outdoor toys.
If you’re a volunteer or a first-time pregnant woman, you are able to go on Wednesday to the pre-sale, so when we got there, things were a little bit picked over already.
How to Successfully Shop at a Consignment Sales Event
1. Think Ahead. For me, these types of events aren’t a regular occurrence, so I bought Aiden clothes that he won’t wear until next fall, but there were some good deals there. We bought him a Nike sweatsuit with the tags still on it for $13.00. I also found him a Nuggets Carmelo Anthony jersey for like $6.00. I don’t think I could have beaten those prices. You better bet if there were any Freshly Picked baby mocassins, I would have swiped those up no matter what size they were. Unfortunately, the baby shoe selection looked a little bit used.
2. Go Early. Like I said, I think we missed out on the bigger ticket items, like the outdoor play equipment by not being able to be there Wednesday. We got there almost at opening on Thursday (when the general public was invited) and they still had lots of stuff, but you could tell things were missing.
3. Look up prices of new items. I knew that the Little Tykes outdoor stuff was expensive running in the hundreds of dollars depending on what you bought, so I was ready to look at the “used” prices. On smaller items, such as clothes, toys, books, etc., sometimes it’s not exactly worth it to buy used, but sometimes it is. There was a wide range of stuff there and some of it definitely looked shabby. Like I said earlier, I couldn’t have gotten this Nike sweatsuit for $13.00 at a store, so I grabbed this.
Just Between Friends has events all over the country. They are worth looking into for sure. They have lots of great resource books, which I wasn’t expecting. I bought “The Happiest Toddler on the Block” hard cover for $3.00 too. Whatever gear you’re looking for in these years of your life, you can probably find it there.
Have you ever been to a large consignment sale event?
Do you buy used kids items?
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