March 31, 2017

A Veteran Mom’s Guide to Baby Consignment Sales

I love shopping. There’s something about the thrill of the hunt that is the best form of entertainment for me. But nothing beats my love of scoring a good deal.
I started going to baby consignment sales when I was about 5 months pregnant with my oldest. I was able to get tickets to the New Mom pres-sale event, and we waited in line for about 30 minutes just to get in the doors. I was completely overwhelmed with the amount of stuff available and what a mad house it was! I had no game plan and just wandered aimlessly for hours. I found some great deals, but it was exhausting.
Since that first sale, I’ve experienced more than 20 baby consignment sales in the Seattle-area. Some are large-scale and held in huge spaces and others are small sales at co-op preschools. But I’ve been able to navigate each one quickly and effectively.
Top 10 Tips for Baby Consignment Sales

1. Make a List. The most important thing is to write down what items you are looking for. It’s easy to get distracted and you’ll want to focus your efforts on items you actually need.

2. Leave toddlers at home, if possible. They will slow you down and plead for all the toys.

3. Wear your baby in a carrier so you are more mobile.

4. Get there early. Bargain-hunters always arrive before the sale opens so be prepared to wait outside.

5. Bring a large bag. I like to bring my reusable IKEA bag because I mainly shop for toys and it can hold a lot. Some sales will lend bags during the sale but not for you to take home.

6. Start with Big Items. It’s been my experience that items like jumparoos, bouncers, swings, etc are some of the first items to go. The ones in great condition go instantly. If you are in the market for any of those, make that your first stop.

7. Take advantage of the Item Hold area. Usually, there’s a place for you to store large items that you want to buy but don’t want to drag all over the sale. Then, you can pick them up after you’ve paid for them.

8. If you need clothes, you will most likely be there a while as it’s a popular stop.

9. Don’t hoard expensive clothing brands just to immediately resell them online. This is more of a personal plea.

10. Cell reception is sometimes wonky at sales, so in your car, look up some of your purchases to see what kind of deals you’ve scored!
Most importantly, enjoy yourself! The sales aren’t for the faint-of-heart, but they can be an adrenaline rush for those who like good quality items for a fraction of the cost.

Marcie Cheung
Marcie in Mommyland