Fall Consignment Sales are here! Make the most of your shopping trip with these Consignment Sale Tips, Tricks & Hacks!
This is a sponsored post in partnership with JBF Lower Bucks. All opinions are my own.
Fall is a tricky time of year when it comes to shopping for kids clothes. If you’re like most people I know, you probably take the kids back to school shopping right before school goes back. That’s great but you’re still probably buying shorts and tee shirts since the weather is still pretty warm (if not down right HOT) when the kids first go back. Within a few weeks the temperatures start to drop and it’s time to bring out the jeans, sweatshirts and jackets. If you didn’t get any of that when you first shopped, don’t worry it’s consignment sale time! Consignment sales like JBF Lower Bucks hold their big sales in the Spring and Fall so now is the perfect time to pick up all the cooler weather essentials your kids will need this year! Finding the best deals takes a little preparation. Here are some of my consignment sale tips, tricks & hacks to help you find the best deals at the JBF Lower Bucks sale.
MAKE A PLAN
Before you ever leave your house make a game plan. Seriously. A consignment sale is not the place to walk around and window shop. Sure you can do that but at a sale where the best deals go quickly, you want to be prepared. I always mark the upcoming sales on my calendar and about 2 -3 weeks before, I take inventory of what the kids need and write it all down. This applies to everything, not just clothes. If I know my older son needs some new reading materials, books go on my list. If you know your child will need something in a few months, look for it at the sale.
Getting ready to potty train? Add a portable potty and some easy potty training outfits to your list. At the last sale, I knew I would be potty training my daughter soon and I did just that. I found a brand new potty and some simple dresses for $2 & $3 a piece. They made the perfect clothes for potty training her. A dress was easier to navigate than pants, especially when she was first learning to use the potty. Time was of the essence and I didn’t have to worry about the clothes if she had an accident.
Whatever is on your list, group the items together and figure out where you want to start. If clothes top your list, plan to hit that area first. If baby gear is what you need, start there. This was you can focus on each area one at a time without running all over the sale.
BRING A FRIEND
Bring someone with you to shop. Your BFF, another mom who needs some deals for her kids, your own mom and split up! Talk with each other before you start shopping about what you’re hoping to score and what sizes you need. Two of you can cover more ground and scout out the best deals in less time while helping each other out at the same time.
While the JBF Lower Bucks sale has reusable shopping bags for shoppers to use, I like to bring my own, One that’s comfortable to shop with and something I can easily throw my finds in. I’ve even seen people bring in hampers that they pull around. Bring whatever you need to hold all your amazing finds.
Another tip a friend told me a few sales ago, bring a pocket sized tape measure with you. Not all size 4s are the same. Sometimes clothes shrink in the wash or they’re just a different size depending on the brand. Measure your kids current clothes (pants, shirts) then you’ll have something to compare to. As long as they are the same size or even a little bigger, you’ll know your good.
SET A BUDGET
This is probably the most important tip of all! One of the best parts of shopping consignment sales is how much money you can save especially on clothes and things the kids will outgrow in just one season. But if you go in and spent a ton of money on things you don’t really need, than it kind of defeats of the purpose. So set a budget before you go this way you’ll be less tempted to buy another doll house you might now need. Also, set a budget for what you’re willing to spend per item. Sometimes you’ll come across some things that are priced way too high and you might want to skip them. I know before I go in that I won’t pay more than $3 a shirt or $5/$6 a dress. It makes it easy to say no when I come across something that is priced a little too high.
Now that you’ve got some tips to help you make the most of the sale, let’s talk about the details.
Where: The Sportsplex in Feasterville 1331 O’Reilly Drive, Feasterville.
Sale Dates: October 12 – 14 (Presale Day October 11)
SALE TIP: Want to be one of the very first people to shop? Sign up to volunteer at the JBF Lower Bucks sale! Volunteers get first dips on shopping. Learn more about volunteering HERE.