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Tips for shopping our sale

Make lists...

Take inventory of what you need and make a list–Figure out what clothes and shoes you need for each child. Make a list for each child and list each item you are looking for and the appropriate size. Think, Do they need school clothes, jeans, jackets, church outfits, winter pajamas? Be sure to also note quantity, and what you’re willing to spend so that you stay on budget.

After making a clothes/shoes list, make a wish list. You never know what you are going to find at a sale, and it helps to have a list of toys, books, dvd’s, games, baby/toddler essentials that you need/want because they could very likely be at the sale. When you are shopping, make sure to browse all areas because you will inevitably find a super cool toy, adorable pair of shoes, or a like-new series of books that you didn’t even know you were looking for!

Making lists help keep you on budget and from buying double! Take inventory of what you already have and make a separate list with those items. This may sound silly, but sales can be overwhelming and you may find yourself getting excited about the deals and mistakenly by clothing that your kids already have. ( I personally have done this on more than one occasion and I’m hoping to help you avoid making the same mistake!)

Get you sizes right...

There is nothing more frustrating than coming home with an adorable outfit or pair of shoes only to find that it doesn't fit! Measure the inseam of each of your children’s pants or shorts, or even the length of skirts for girls. When you go to the sale take the tape measure with you and measure the pants/shorts/skirts to make sure they will be long enough to fit. (I have bought pants that were WAY too short even though they were my kids size .) It is amazing the difference in length in the same size.

Another tip is to make a note of what BRANDS fit you child best. If you know that your is “true to size” in one brand, but needs a size smaller in another it will save time from measuring EVERY item of clothing you look at.

The same goes for shoes. Sizes may vary slightly from brand to brand so I recommend that you trace each child’s foot on paper then cut it out and use it as a guide for buying shoes. You can line the paper up on the bottom of each shoe to give you an idea if you are in the ballpark.

Know your prices...

All of our consignors set their own prices. We do have pricing guidelines for them to follow, but the price of the items is ultimately up to them. Do your homework to know what a good price on an item is. Check out eBay, craigslist, Amazon.com etc.. This will help you figure out what the average price is and then you can figure out if the price the consignor is asking is good or not.

Know your budget...