Kids’ Consignment Sale Season is Heating Up: Here’s How to Make the Most of It

Kids' Consignment Sale Season is Heating Up: Here's How to Make the Most of It

Enjoy this guest post by Consignment Mommies founder Chrissy Freeman.

Whew! It sure is starting to get hot out there and I’m not just talking about the weather. The children’s consignment sale season is heating up as well. Consignment sale organizers all over the country are gearing up for summer all-season sales and back-to-school events.

What’s a consignment sale, you say? A children’s consignment sale is a short three to five day resale shopping event where you can score an entire season of clothing, 50 to 90 percent off retail prices, for your kiddos in one fell swoop. These events also provide opportunities for you to make money—$200 to $300 on average—by selling your kids’ outgrown clothing and unused toys. Yes, these sales are perfect for busy, time-crunched mamas on a budget!

Want to join in the consignment sale fun? There are sale events scheduled throughout the nation every weekend for the rest of the year. Find the sales in your area and follow these simple tips to get the most out of your shopping and consigning experiences.

Swap Savvy Shopping

#1: Make a list

This isn’t a sprint; it’s a marathon shopping adventure. Be prepared! Take inventory of your little ones’ clothes, shoes and toys and make a list of your needs.

#2: Take a tote

Don’t forget to bring a tote (or two). Ikea bags, wagons, even laundry baskets will work. Your arms and back will thank you as you quickly collect piles of great finds.

#3: Shoes and seams

Need an easy way to remember the size of your child’s foot or length of his leg? Trace his shoe on a piece of cardstock and cut it out. Use a piece of yarn to measure his pants from waist to hem. Cut the string and affix it to the shoe cutout. Use this craft project at the sale to easily size shoes and be sure the pants you’ve picked are long enough.

#4: Look high, look low

Children’s clothing sizes vary as much as the weather. Don’t forget to look in the sizes just above and below your child’s actual size – you’ll probably find a great gem that the other mamas skipped over.

#5: Volunteer

Want access to the cream of the consignment crop before anyone else? Become a consignment sale volunteer and shop before the public.

Calculated Consigning

#1: A sale to sell

Do a little research to see which area consignment sales offer the best split to the seller and draw the most traffic. ConsignmentMommies.com has ratings and reviews to help you size up sales in your area.

#2: Make a big pile

Clean out your kids’ closets and toy chests. Seek out the clothes and shoes they’ve outgrown and the toys that have lost their interest.

#3: It’s all about presentation

Your items may not be new, but they should still look their best. Launder and iron all of the clothes you’ll consign. Toys should be cleaned and include all parts.

#4: The price is right

A good strategy is to price your items approximately one-third of what you paid at retail. Boutique items are typically priced 30 to 35 percent below retail.

Here’s a handy pricing guide:

Children's Consignent Sale Pricing Guide

#5: Time to tag

Gather notecards, safety pins, clear packing tape and a pen. Follow the sale’s tagging guidelines to price, tag and prepare the items you will consign.

Happy consigning!

Consignment Mommies is the nation’s leading children’s consignment resource. The website lists nearly 2,000 children’s consignment sales events with 25,000 ratings and reviews provided by consignment shoppers and sellers. Visit ConsignmentMommies.com and become a Facebook fan.

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Extra 25% Off Fisher-Price and Mattel Toys at Amazon Tuesday Only

Screen Shot 2016-05-27 at 5.40.06 PMAmazon has some nice coupons today for an extra 25% off select Fisher-Price and Mattel toys:

  • Take an extra 25% off eleven Fisher-Price toys today only with coupon code SAVEONFUN.
  • Plus, take 25% off 29 Mattel toys with coupon code SUMMERFUN. Includes select Barbie and more.

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BC Predicts: June 2016 Baby Bargain Forecast [Semiannual Sales & More!]

Screen Shot 2016-05-30 at 10.59.38 PMHere are some of the bargains I expect to see this June including LOTS of clearance and semi-annual sales.

  • Yard sales continue, peaking in many areas when the temp hits about 80 degrees.
  • Last-minute Father’s Day Deals: Expect some great in-store sales on all those typical “man gifts” (ties, sports equipment, etc). Look for great photo gift deals, too. Target ran a BOGO 50% off sale on mens’ clothes around the first of the month, for example, and Shutterfly released a high-value coupon at the end of week one.
  • Semiannual sales, friends and family sales, and clearance sales start around the end of week one and last for one to two weeks each. Look for them at the following retailers (dates subject to change)
    • Gymboree (week 1)
    • Crazy8 (week 1)
    • DisneyStore.com (week 1)
    • The Children’s Place (week 2)
    • Stride Rite (week 2)
    • Crocs.com (week 2/3)
    • Tea Collection (week 3)
    • Pediped (week 4)
  • Watch for deals on balance bikes and other ride ons at flash-sale sites like Zulily
  • Watch for deals on Fisher-Price toys at Fisher-Price store around the beginning of the month.
  • Kohl’s held a Friends and Family sale at the end of week one last year as well.
  • Gap’s Kid and Baby sale should kick off some time during the first week of June. Expect up to 40% off.
  • JCPenney ran its Friend & Family sale during the second week of the month with 25% off.
  • Look for 20% to 50% off in Target‘s kids apparel department throughout the month, with the best bargains toward the end of June.
  • Mattel ran a big sale around mid month last year with up to 50% off Barbie, Hot Wheels and more.
  • I was excited to see a flash sale from Stride Rite at mid-month last year. Select styles were $19.99.
  • 4th of July Sales will start during the final week of the month. Look for them at Gap, Gymboree, Carters, Pottery Barn Kids Snapfish and many other stores.
  • Believe it or not, we’ll see some great deals on school uniforms starting around the end of the month. Last year Target had BOGO 60% off.
  • Clearance on outdoor and pool toys begins in earnest as retailers itch to make room for the back-to-school stuff. Look for 50% off and more, with the best deals showing up as we near July.

Freebie events:

  • Krispy Kreme historically gives away a free donut on National Donut Day! This year it’s on Friday, June 3. Dunkin’ Donuts is in on the free donut action this year, too!
  • Dads get in free on Fathers Day at many zoos nationwide. Check your local zoo’s website to see if yours is included.
  • Take part in the Great American Backyard Campout on June 25. It’s sponsored by the National Wildlife Federation.

Heads Up: Look for fall apparel to arrive in stores after July 4 (ugh. I know). That means summer clearance in earnest with discounts above 50%.

Note: BC Predicts information is based on previous years’ sales. Stores and brands don’t always repeat their sales, but they very often do.

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Extra 25% off Summer Apparel & Swim for the Family at Kohls until 1 pm ET

Screen Shot 2016-05-31 at 7.54.15 AMTake an extra 25% off select summer apparel and swimwear for the whole family until 1 pm ET today only at Kohls.com.

The deal includes shorts, tees, dresses and more–over 1,000 items for kids alone.

Use coupon code ZOOM at checkout.

After 1 pm, the code is worth 15% off (expires at midnight).

Shipping is free when you spend $75 or more.

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Up to 50% Off during Disney Twice Upon a Year Sale plus FREE SHIPPING Today

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Hundreds of items are up to 50% off during Disney Store’s Twice Upon a Year Sale online, on NOW.

The deal includes select clothing, toys, dress-up clothes, beach towels, decor items, and more.

Shipping is free on your order today only, too! Use coupon code FREESHIP at checkout.

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EWG’s New Guide to Safer Sunscreens focuses on Babies and Kids

Environmental Working Group recently released its highly regarded guide to safer sunscreens– just in time for Memorial Day and the unofficial start of summer!

Sadly, out of the 750 sunscreens EWG evaluated for for safety and effectiveness, 72% “offer inferior protection or contain worrisome ingredients like oxybenzone, a hormone disruptor, or retinyl palmitate, which may harm skin.”

EWG's New Guide to Safer Sunscreens focuses on Babies and Kids

I love that this year EWG took a closer look at sunscreens for babies and kids:

“Given their increased vulnerability to the sun’s harmful rays, we were dismayed to find so many products marketed for babies and kids that still don’t meet our standards for safety and efficacy,” says Nneka Leiba, EWG deputy director of research.

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The end result? A list of the best-scoring sunscreens for kids as well as a  list of shame that includes products from brands like Coppertone and Neutrogena.

EWG’s list of 49 top sunscreens for kids–34 lotions and 15 sticks–includes

  • Badger Kids Sunscreen Cream, SPF 30
  • California Baby Super Sensitive Sunscreen, SPF 30+
  • Thinksport for Kids Sunscreen, SPF 50+
  • All Terrain KidSport Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30

You can see the full list here.

EWG also emphasizes that your first lines of defense against sun damage should be protective clothing, shade, and sunglasses.

Related: Save 20% on Select Safer Sunscreens at Diapers.com [Babo Botanicals, Thinkbaby, More]. Use coupon code SUNNY16.

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Top Diaper Deals of the Week [Amazon Deals - 5/29]

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Note: Unless otherwise noted, prices listed include the Amazon Mom/Prime discount. Amazon Mom with Prime usually gets you 20% off diapers when you use Subscribe and Save. If you’re not a Prime member, you can sign up for a free trial here.

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  • ★ Huggies Little Movers Diapers, Size 3, 174 Count: .17 ea. after $3 coupon (.23 ea. without Amazon Family/S&S). For the Amazon Family price, that’s the equivalent of paying $4.78 for a jumbo after coupon. A Stockupportunity!  
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  • Pampers Swaddlers Sensitive Diapers Size 3, 128 ct: .25 ea. (.27 ea. without Amazon Family/S&S). For the Amazon Family price, that’s the equivalent of paying $7 for a jumbo.
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