If you’re headed to a kids’ consignment sale, bring a snack.
No, not for the kids, silly. For you. Because you are going to walk in and spend way more time than you think exploring a treasure trove of finds to get you through the next season, next growth spurt, next baby, next milestone, etc.
And you’re gonna get hungry. And you aren’t going to want to leave all the good deals behind. You’ll be all like …
Kendra and Barb, the mother-daughter duo behind Just Between Friends’ Lehigh Valley sale, recently hosted a virtual shopper 101 party on Facebook to get and share shopping tips. And Kendra wanted me to share these tips for new shoppers.
They also graciously let me in for a sneak peek at the sale, and man oh man, is it a good one. It is clean, organized and spacious.
Kendra also let it slip that a certain princess and a caped superhero might be making a visit during the sale. But more on that later.
First, 5 tips pro shoppers want you to remember before hitting a kids’ consignment sale:
- “Bring a snack so you can take your time browsing and not get hungry! (A prego mama would say that!)” – I like where this shopper’s head is at. Even non-preggos are going to get hungry. I tend to lose track of time in one of these sales, and need a snack to keep me going.
- “Don’t wear a heavy coat and bring a light purse!” Or “Bring a small backpack and not a purse it’s easier to carry!:) and a snack;)” – Definitely. The less you have to carry, the better. You want your arms free to scoop up all the brand new Melissa & Doug items.
- “Make a list of items you want to find to keep yourself on track to look for them first” – So true. These sales can get overwhelming, and it’s hard thinking about what your kid might need in the sizes and months ahead. Plan ahead and prioritize. Also, trace your kids’ foot on a piece of paper and fold it in your pocket so you’ll be able to find the right size shoe.
- “A lot of items have multiple available – like play tables for example. Make sure you check the prices and how it works because one consignor could mark theirs for $15 and one for $10 & the only difference is what they want for it but the quality could be the same!!!” – I’ve fallen into this trap before. If you find something you like, check around the area to make sure there isn’t a duplicate at a cheaper price.
- “Go to the large items first, they go the fastest. Take the items to the hold area.” – Clearly, not her first rodeo. Excellent tip.
These sales are a great time to stock up on gear or accessories your kids will need for the coming season. Spring sales are where you might find pool or outdoor toys, beach umbrellas, etc. In the fall, look for snow pants, boots, sleds and other gear that your kid will probably only wear a handful of times (and chances are the first person did, too.) For instance, I bought snow pants for my 4-year-old that she wore exactly twice this year. Why spend the money to buy something brand new that’s worn so little?
More on the sale and a few characters who might stop by:
Just Between Friends of Allentown/Bethlehem sale will be held Wednesday, March 29, 2017 – Saturday, April 1
Where: Lou Ramos Center, 1344 N Sherman Street, Allentown.
When: Public shopping hours will be Thursday 9 a.m. – 8 p.m , Friday 9 a.m – 5 p.m., Saturday (half-price day) 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Find more on who can start shopping during Wednesday’s presale on the website: allentownbethlehem.jbfsale.com/homeView.jsp
Special events: Saturday is Lulapalooza with 10 LuLaRoe vendors on site. A Storybook Party characters will also be on hand to visit with little ones. Belle and Batman will arrive at 10 a.m. and Mickey and Minnie will be there at noon, Kendra says.
Admission: $3 at the door, but you can get in FREE if you reserve a spot ahead of time HERE.
More: Strollers welcome (but the smaller, the better); kids welcome and do not need a ticket; Cash/debit/Visa/Mastercard/Discover accepted.
There are two other Lehigh Valley kids’ consignment sales coming up. Get all the details here.