Tag Archives: Consignment

5 Ways to get the BEST DEALS at Consignment Sales {Giveaway}

It’s my favorite time of year again; Consignment Sale time! I just love when it’s time to shop until I drop and I don’t even have to spend that much money! Just Between Friends Fort Worth is less than a month away!

jbf-fortworth

If you are unfamiliar with Just Between Friends Fort Worth – here is a little background. JBF Fort Worth is the largest children’s consignment sale in Texas – filling 75,000 square feet of shopping space at Fort Worth’s Will Rogers Memorial Center – Amon G. Carter Exhibit Hall. The sale this year runs February 26 – March 9th, with the first public shopping day on March 1st (plus a handful of pre-sales!).

From time to time I get asked how to find the best deals at these sales and if they really are that great. My answer is yes, it really is quite great and here are my 5 Ways to Get the BEST DEALS at a Consignment Sale!

5 Ways to get the Best Deals at Children's Consignment Deals

Shop Early!

The biggest advice or tip that I would give someone is to volunteer, consign, barter or all of the above to shop early! Just Between Friends is run on volunteers and in return for your time, they will give you presale passes. The more time you volunteer (in 4 hour shifts) the earlier you get to shop. They offer presales for 4, 8, 12, 16 hours as well as first time parents. I personally find volunteering to be fun. It’s not like work, at all, for me at least! I always love checking out all the awesome deals that everyone else is finding! It’s like you are vicariously shopping through everyone else. And bonus – if you volunteer and are consigning items, you get a higher percentage of your sales!

Make a GOOD List!

Before you head out to the consignment sale – take inventory of what you have in your child’s closet and playroom. What do they really need and what do they want? Are you buying for a holiday such as Birthday or Christmas? Write down all the sizes your child(ren) are wearing and will be wearing between now and the next consignment sale. When you are formulating your list of what you hope to find – include some retail prices for reference. For example, if you are looking for a Barbie, you know they cost about $12 at target, so $3-$4 is a great deal!

Know the Brands

Know the brands you are looking for and know how much they normally retail for. This is especially important if you are planning on buying a lot of clothes like I do (I buy almost all of her clothes for the coming season at this sale). A shirt from Target for $4 is not as good of a deal as a Mud Pie shirt or Gap shirt for $4. I tend to go through all the racks and pull everything I like – then I go back through it all at the end and put back what really isn’t a good deal or is not as cute as something I found later on. This is also why you will need a lot of time.

Plan Your Time

Leave your self a lot of time and by that I mean A LOT of time! For me, even with a list and knowing the whole shopping process from the past 3 years, I still spend about 4-5 hours at the sale. By the time you go in, look through all the toys, gear, shoes, games, and then the endless racks of clothing – THEN sort through everything you have picked out and pay – it takes time. I don’t feel like I’m there for that long when its all said and done – but having to rush through it all or having someone waiting around for you – will make it more difficult to find the best deals. I also really look forward to shopping for that long, without Lennox with me! Perfect mommy time! If you are shopping during the pre-sales, no children are allowed so its somewhat peaceful!

Attend the Half Price Sale!

Lastly, if you are able to attend the 1/2 Price Sale where most items are reduced 50% – you can find some awesome deals, especially on clothing! I have found some amazing deals on special occasion dresses at the 1/2 Price Sale. You usually have to volunteer for certain shifts or be a mid-sale consignor at Just Between Friends – but it is worth it in my opinion. One word of warning – you will have to sift through a lot of not that great of deals (that is why it’s left over!) to find some hidden gems! One example of a great deal I found is this beautiful special occasion dress for $5 in PERFECT occasion! Lennox wore it to a wedding!

So those are my tips, you can find a bunch of other great tips about shopping, consigning and all the awesome deals I have found here on my blog too!

Great Deals I found at JBF Fort Worth // Top 3 Shopping Tips // How to prep clothes for JBF Fort Worth // How to Consign on a Budget

GIVEAWAY

Luckily for all my local readers – I have a great giveaway for you! JBF Fort Worth has been kind enough to give me a $15 Gift Certificate to the Spring 2014 JBF Fort Worth Sale, for one of you to win! Just use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter and win! The giveaway will end on Sunday February 16th at 11:59PM CST. The winner will need to pick up the gift certificate at the sale during their time of shopping! Good Luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Note: This is a sponsored post. I was compensated for this post in return for my honest opinion. All opinions are 100% my own.

Awesome Deals from Just Between Friends

Friday night was one of my favorite nights of the season – it was Just Between Friends shopping night! I love going to Just Between Friends Fort Worth. I am able to buy pretty much anything I want (a shopping spree if you will) and even though, it’s all for Lennox – I love shopping for her and finding a good deal! This fall sale did not disappoint. I spent more this time than I have in the past, but I got a lot more items. I got more clothes actually than toys this time – but I found some great clothes and I find that the larger the size you need, the more expensive it does get. I’m really happy though with my finds!

justbetweenfriends-fort-worth-fall-2013I apologize ahead of time for all the photos – I wanted to take a picture of everything I got, so it’s a little picture heavy but so many great deals at Just Between Friends! Here is a sneak peek of how it looked at the end of the drop-off time before the sale started. SO MUCH STUFF!
just-between-friends-fort-worth-fall-2013On to the deals! My number one (and two) deal this time around were actually some of the cheapest things I purchased, without even knowing what they were exactly.

I purchased a lot of shoes, but these two pairs were very different and cute. The Lelli Kelly shoes were 97% off! NINETY SEVEN! They originally $60 and I paid $2! And then the Morgan & Milo orange shoes were $4 and originally $50 – that’s 92% off!

boutique-shoesHere are all the other shoes I got too. Check out those converse and the pink cowgirl boots!

shoesI was able to find a few things for Lennox’s big girl room too! The vanity in this picture will be from Grandma & Papa (my parents) for Lennox. It was a great deal too – Usually $150, I paid $30! I also found that cute lamp to go on her new dresser and a princess sign for the wall or over her door.

big-girl-roomToys. I got some of the items on our Christmas list for Lennox and some toys for her Great Grandma to give to her (she asked!). In this picture is 5 puzzles, LeapFrog ABC thing, Crayola Color Wonder Musical Pad, Stamp Set, 2 bags of Barbies, Melissa & Doug sticker pad and 2 coloring pads. Also – 2 sets of gloves with matching hats for the winter!

toysOther than toys and “equipment” the rest was clothes… lots of clothes! First, Halloween is around the corner and although we have to make Lennox’s costume (more on that later), it was a good time to pick up some more dress up clothes – Tinkerbell and Ariel for under $10 total!

dressupI found 2 Christmas dresses (under $10 total). I love the polka dot one – I think that will be the one she wears in our family Christmas photo!

christmas-dressesWe can’t get into the fall/winter season without some new pajamas and footie pajamas at that. I just love pajamas! I got 7 pajamas (4 footies, 1 two-piece and 2 nightgowns). All for $3 each and in GREAT condition! By the way, 4T footie pajamas look SO big!

pajamasThen we got to the jackets. You really never know what a winter is going to be like here in Texas so the key is having lots of different weight jackets! I love the brown plaid one and the Gymboree jean jacket w/ belt for $5!

jacketsJeans – we all need jeans! The front ones w/ the flowers on them have the cutest little butt! There is a big purple flower that is hiding in the pocket.

jeansI found a few full outfits for $3 / $4 each as well as some tops w/ skirts. All are very different from what she has now – glad I didn’t stick with the normal stuff!

tops-outfitsDresses – dresses are an essential in Lennox’s closet. In a way they are so much easier to throw on and I know they will fit for quite some time because you can always add leggings under them. So I found 6 casual dresses.

dressesI love all of these cardigans and sweaters – The middle two especially! Very different and more “big kid” than baby looking now! Oh and the left two, still have the tags on! Perfect!

cardigansUniforms are something I’m always looking for too. If Lennox has to wear navy every single day, then I try to mix it up a little bit. My favorite is the Ralph Lauren Polo dress on the right. How cute is that sweater dress. I think it’s going to look so cute w/ some winter tights under it. Now it just has to get cold because it’s still 110 degrees here!

uniformsSo those are my awesome deals. I know, I got — A LOT! but now Lennox has all her clothes for the fall and winter and she had NONE since she has grown so much. I did also get 5 or 6 other plain shirts/sweaters/jeans for Lennox’s Mimi to work with. She will decorate them for the holidays! I also got Lennox a ZhuZhu pet town – all the pieces plus some hamsters i a big Rubbermaid box for $12 – what a deal! She will love it for her Zhu Zhu pets our neighbor got. That and all the other toys will be set aside for Christmas.

So have you been to a Just Between Friends sale? What is the best deal you have ever found? And how much do you think my total bill was?

How to Consign on Budget

I have heard from some people that they are discouraged about doing a children’s consignment sale, such as Just Between Friends Fort Worth, because they feel like it’s too much work, it costs a lot of money to prepare everything and just too time consuming all together. They turn to dropping their clothing off a consignment shop, donating or having a yard sale. I would have to disagree! It costs me very little to get ready for a sale and I make so much money than I would, any of those others ways!

How to prepare for a children's consignment sale on a budget

You may remember some of my other posts, where I talk about tips for prepping for a consignment sale, tips for shopping at a consignment sale, and all the great consignment finds I have purchased and money I have made, but this one is about preparing for a childrens consignment sale on a budget. I’m cheap at times, I like a good deal – I’ll admit it. I’ll also admit that I love the Dollar Tree for certain items! After thinking about it, I realized that almost all of my supplies came from the Dollar Tree – which doesn’t end up costing much money at all.

So what do you need and how much does it cost? Here is my list of items I always gather when getting ready for the semi-annual Just Between Friends Fort Worth sale!

Preparing for a Consignment Sale: What You Need

  • Children’s Hangers
  • Tape
  • Safety Pins
  • Plastic Zip-lock Bags (2 Sizes – Gallon & Quart)
  • Card Stock
  • Replacement Batteries
  • Zip Ties
  • Optional: Tagging Gun

Really, there isn’t too much you need!

Hangers

Although, many consignment sales may recommend wire hangers, they are hard to come by and are not as budget friendly. Now that my daughter’s clothing is bigger and fits on hangers better, I use the plastic tube hangers – I can find them for 10 Hangers for a $1 at Walmart and 6 hangers for $1 at the Dollar Tree.

Total price per sale? $.10 per hanger

Tagging

I print out my tags on card stock. Sometimes you can find this at the dollar store – if not, then look on Amazon – they are inexpensive as well. I purchased a package of 250 sheets during my first sale for about $9, and still have plenty left – so that equals about $2 each sale!

I started by using safety pins to attach my tags but I now use a tagging gun. I purchased one on eBay for about $5 with 1000 barbs included. It makes tagging go by A LOT FASTER than pinning! Note: Make sure to check with your consignment sale, as they may have very specific rules as to where to place the tag and where to use the tagging gun.

Total price per sale? $3!

Packaging Toys & Small Items

I use gallon zip-lock bags ($1) and quart size zip-lock bags ($1) for toys that have multiple pieces, sets of books, socks, baby shoes, bows, bibs, etc. I tape the top of the bags so that they can’t be easily opened or come open in the pile of goodies. I also either tape the tag to the outside, or insert it into the bag so it can be scanned through the bag. Easy packaging and clean-looking!

Total price per sale? $2 for 30 bags + tape

Shoes

I use zip ties to keep my shoes together. I find at the sales that many shoes get separated and then they don’t sell. I would hate that to happen to my shoes, so I zip tie them together either by the laces or if they have the loop in the back. This keeps them together. It also allows you to pin the price tag onto the loop of the zip tie. The dollar store usually always has neon zip ties! I have one package I have used for 3 sale so far.

Total price per sale? less than $1

Batteries

When selling toys, they always seem to sell better if the buyer can test it out. So if you have a toy that uses batteries and the batteries are dead or not in there, make sure you add in some batteries so they can test it out. Dollar store batteries don’t always last a long time, but they are cheap and will work for the sale! You can buy a few multi-battery packages for only $1 each.

Total price per sale? less than $.50 per battery

So there you have it, hit up the Dollar Tree or any other (true) dollar store where everything is $1 or less. You can find almost all the supplies you need and have it cost you very little! Saving money is what consignment sales are all about!

Do you have any great money-saving tips for a consignment sale?