Where did September go? It was a very busy month for us, combined with Isaac in the pits of some intense teething (seriously, 5 teeth in just one week- my eyebags tripled in size), I didn’t reach a lot of goals. BUT, I was able to participate in the Just Between Friends consignment sale I was so excited about!
Consignment sales are seriously the way to go if you are blessed to have one in your area. It really is worth looking into. I am extremely grateful for ours and I wanted to support our sale more this fall because it doesn’t help just me, but it helps lots of other moms too.
I should note that this post is not sponsored by JBF, I’m just an excited mom (although, JBF, I’m your girl hinthint 😉 😉 😉 ).
I didn’t have a whole lot to sell myself since my son is our first child and we are saving things for potential future babies. I did let go of a kitchen trash bag full of things that I didn’t think we’d use again though. Most of it sold! The rest I donated. This sale will actually donate the unsold items for you, if you opt for it.
Since this particular sale is massive, it takes a lot of hands to set it up, run it, and break it down. I volunteered for a breakdown shift and oh-MY! That was such a fun experience. After separating the donate items, you have to break down and organize the unsold items by consignor number for pick-up. I have a little obsession for organizing and that shift suited me perfectly. Time went by so fast and we kept moving the whole time. It was fun working with the ladies I teamed up with too. I loved doing the breakdown and will do it again!
I also signed up for a paid register shift for store credit. This helped me a lot and I am very grateful for that opportunity. Now I have some extra money to spend at the spring sale. Everyone I encountered at the registers was very pleasant! I even bumped into people I know and it gave a real sense of community. It was also neat to get an idea of what sorts of things were selling.
Since I volunteered, I got a special presale pass which let me shop 12 hours before the doors opened to the public. This gives you a better chance to find the best deals. Unfortunately, Isaac was sick to his stomach the whole night before so I wasn’t able to shop the presale until late the following evening.
A couple days later, I also had a pass to shop the 50% markdowns early. Sadly I wasn’t able to fully take advantage of that either since Isaac had a meltdown and we had to leave. It was one of those moments where I had to just roll with the punches and learn to set aside my disappointment. It’s just part of being a parent. My baby comes first and sometimes I need to sacrifice my plans.
Regardless, I still found some great deals! I spent a total of $76.24 for 28 items which rounds it to about $2.75/item. Not bad! Especially considering some of the clothing items were new with tags still. We got,
- 1 Pair of shoes
- 2 Halo sleep sacks
- 3 PJ sets
- 3 Sweaters
- 9 Tops
- 1 Romper
- 8 Pants
- 1 Gallon bag of Duplo Legos
My favorite finds were the Halo sleep sacks that retail for $20 each, but I paid $4 each. I love using sleep sacks and they will be particularly handy this winter. They are not a one-size fits all though and I cannot justify buying multiples when they cost so much new, but four bucks is doable!
On 50% off day, I found a gallon bag full of Lego Duplos for $3. I’m a bit of a Lego brand fanatic since they last so much longer than the competition, and because of that they tend to hold their value a lot better. Three bucks for extra blocks is a SCORE!
The clothing is in a couple sizes to hold us through the rest of fall and winter. Most are adorable high quality pieces from places like OshKosh which usually run on the pricier end. Even on clearance, I would be hard pressed to find prices that even come close at the retail stores, let alone in-season items!
The only thing I couldn’t find much of were good basic whites and socks (I’ll admit that I am pretty picky when it comes to those). So I had to purchase some white onsies and socks new, but now he is completely set until Spring.
All in all, I am so happy with this sale and might have had a bit too much fun shopping. ;D Looking forward next Spring!!!