Friday, March 10, 2006
Kid Consignment Sale Secrets
I’m new to the consignment sale circuit. My neighbor convinced me to join the great spring rush.
Unfortunately, I don’t think I’m cut out for the competition! After years of thrifting, these sales seem like “secondhand lite,” or a more socially acceptable—if politely cutthroat--method of buying used.
For someone looking to equip a nursery and first wardrobe, consignment is preferable to new. I don’t think I’ve ever seen so much gear outside Babies ‘R Us. There was also a wealth of hardly worn smocked dresses at one-fourth the boutique price. Otherwise, the quality was comparable to the better items from Salvation Army.
I found the greatest variable for the inveterate bargain hunter is in the pricing. Each consignor prices her own items; consequently, there are items marked far higher and far lower than usual.
I did pluck a few good buys: two new boxes of Medela nursing pads (50 cents each) and the two Target maternity skirts pictured above (marked $1, then discounted by half). They’re not designer Mimi, but I’m hoping they’ll be cool and breezy this spring. There’s no way I’m squeezing my bottom half into a pair of shorts while pregnant!
What are your thoughts on finding the best deals at consignment sales? Any tricks? Best buys?