I told my husband to put his “game face” on when he shopped with me at a kid’s consignment sale last year.
“Don’t let those moms push you around,” I added.
How much harm can a bunch of moms do to a grown man?
A lot when it comes to getting the best deal.
At this sale and others like it, the best deals go fast – really fast.
Particularly hot items? Boy’s pants and jeans.
Do you want wind pants? You might want to put your boxing gloves on. Just kidding. But for $4 or $5? Maybe…
At the Take 2 pre-sale for consignors last Tuesday, I was shoulder-to-shoulder with moms, dads and grandmas as I pushed hangers from one side to the next on clothing racks. I often switched places with someone so I wouldn’t lose my spot.
Did I sweat? Yes. Did my arms hurt afterward? You bet.
But I have gotten smarter over the years.
Since these types of sales don’t provide carts (or very few), most shoppers bring a laundry basket. This time, I carried a tub since it seemed bigger, but I still ran out of room. I saw one shopper pulling a tub by a string on a handmade wooden cart. I saw another mom pulling a portable clothes rack behind her. I wondered how she maneuvered through the aisles with that thing.
At the fall and winter sale, there were shoes, toys, books, baby items even Halloween costumes and winter coats. I had to stop shopping once I made my way through the shoes since I was totally out of room.
Try fitting your two kids’ entire fall/winter wardrobes into one tub. It’s definitely a challenge.
All told, I bought 12 shirts, three sweaters, four pairs of pants/jeans, four pajama sets, one hoodie, one jacket and one pair of shoes for my son. My main focus for him was pants/jeans since he only has two decent pairs left after last year.
I bought 15 shirts, three sweaters, eight pairs of pants/jeans/leggings, one skirt, one dress, four pajama sets, one pair of shoes and one pair of boots for my daughter. My main focus for her was anything and everything since she has gone up a size since last year.
My total bill: $263.52.
My best steals were an Arizona sweater ($3), Lands’ End corduroy pants ($3) and an Old Navy vest with a hoodie attached for $6. The cheapest item was a Carter’s gray and black boy’s thermal for $2, while my big “splurge” was a Gymboree owl shirt, matching jean skirt and footless striped tights for $12.
Will I shop this sale again in the spring? Definitely.
Maybe I’ll bring an even bigger tub next time.
The Take 2 sale runs from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day through Sept. 14. (Note: On the final sale day everything is half-price.) It is located at the northwest entrance of Crossroads Mall. Visit take2.com.
Other upcoming consignment sales include:
Twice as Nice Kids Consignment, twiceasniceomaha.com
Reruns R Fun Omaha, rerunsrfun.org
The Clothesline, theclothesline.net
Kidz Shoppe Semi-Annual Kidz Sale, kidzshoppeomaha.com
Omaha Parents of Multiples Club Clothing & Equipment Sale, omahaparentsofmultiples.org.
Amy LaMar, an assistant editor for the World-Herald Custom Publications department, wrote this guest blog for momaha.com She is also mom to Zoey, 8, and Elliot, 6.
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