Rachel from Third Stop on the Right emailed in the following tip:
When I found out I was pregnant with my first baby, I wanted to buy all new clothes and equipment… until I saw the prices. That is when my cousin told me about children and baby consignment sales. I had never heard of these sales before, but now they have saved me hundreds of dollars.In my area there are at least four different consignment sales that take place twice a year. Some popular national sales include:
In addition to these websites, you may also want to check out Craigslist, Facebook, or even keep your eyes out for signs along the road.Many of these sales offer the opportunity to shop before the rest of the general public if you are a first time parent or if you have consigned at the sale.
I recommend going as early as you can if you are looking for equipment or any large items as these go fast.
Then, wait until the last day of the sale — when they usually mark everything down by 50% — to buy any clothes or accessories. This is when I can get the really good deals.
In additional to saving me money, these sales have also made me money. I have registered to be a consigner in several of the sales and have sold some of the baby equipment that I no longer need as well as some of my son’s clothes that he has outgrown.
With consignment sales you are able to set your own prices and you make a percentage of what you sell (usually between 50% and 70%). This percentage is much higher than what is usually offered in consignment stores.
If you are on a tight budget (and who isn’t?) consignment sales are an excellent way to get quality baby clothes and equipment for a fraction of the price.
Rachel is a stay-at-home mom who blogs at Third Stop on the Right, a blog dedicated to saving money , living frugally, and using your resources wisely.