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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Triad Consignment Sales Are Here!


By Rachel H and Guest Blogger Chrissy Freeman

We quickly learned last year that moms in the Triad are ALL ABOUT some consignment sales! There are so many from which to choose, and they kick off this weekend! We enlisted the help of Consigning Chrissy for this blog! Chrissy has a fabulous website called consignmentmommies.com where she provides readers with everything they need to know about area consignment sales. Below, Chrissy has written a terrific blog for us on "12 Steps to Becoming A Consignment Diva" and also has Triad area sales listed along with links for info. Please share your sale at the end of the blog if it is not already listed and be sure to contact Chrissy at me@chrissyfreeman.com so she can add your sale to her oh-so-smarty website!

12 Steps to Becoming A Consignment Diva
By Chrissy Freeman

I’ll admit, I can sometimes be “picky” about things. So when I got pregnant and my mom stocked her own personal nursery with consignment sale finds, I was skeptical. And then, I went to my first sale. And my second. And my third. I was quickly addicted. Not only was the selection exponentially better than what I was finding at Target, Carters and Baby Gap, but it was a great green approach, the toy & clothing quality was surprising and of course, the prices were great.

Over the seasons, I’ve learned from other “Consigning Mommies” and thought I’d share some tips on channeling your inner Consignment Diva.

For Consignors:

#1: Clean Out Your Closets & Start Labeling! The benefits are two-fold. First, you’ll get some extra closet space. Second, you’ll get the added benefits of early shopping at most sales. And that means you’ll get your hands on the best items before the crowds!

#2: Presentation is Everything: Break out the iron and press all of your clothes and some toys, if necessary. It'll hide a bit of the pilling as well :)

#3: The Price is Right: Most people agree that the best pricing strategy is about 1/3 of what you paid retail for an item.

#4: Add Notes on Sizing: If something fits like a 12 month item, but is labeled 18 months, make a note and make sure it is placed in the 12 month area. Items often get left hanging because they look too big / small in their sections.

#5: Read Your Consigning Instructions Twice: Every sale is a bit different so don't miss the opportunity to sell because you didn't follow directions!


For Shoppers:

#6: Consider Volunteering: If you can’t part with your clothes and toys just yet, volunteer with your favorite sale. You’ll get in early and get the best finds!

#7: Man Your Troops: Let’s face it, shopping in packs is much more fun! You might need a second opinion on whether that $2 green dress is really cute or just really cheap! Plus, with so many sales in the area, you’ll never make it to all of them… but your friends just might! Spread the word on items you are looking for and help a friend in return.

#8: Pre-Game: While the hubs is gearing up for March madness, get to those closets and start your pre-game attack by taking inventory. I always have a list of basics I need and then “perfect match” items that I need to complete an outfit. Whether you have a formal list or just do a mental scan, you should always have an idea on what is in your current inventory!

#9: Bring a Tote: There’s nothing more back breaking then carrying armloads of clothes and toys around. Bring a rolling suitcase, rolling tote or a laundry basket with a belt tied around it so you can pile up your selections.

#10: Look High, Look Low: As we all know, children’s sizing can be all over the place! Look in the sizes immediately above and below your child’s size so you don’t miss something spectacular. I always have “perfect fit” pieces (a cotton top & bottom with perfect length) in my bag to compare against pieces with questionable sizing. You may also want to shop for next season. There may be a STELLAR deal on a beautiful boutique dress for the perfect price!

#11: Gather Like Crazy, Then Filter: When shopping, I first grab everything that catches my eye. Then, I find a corner and filter my selections. This is where having a buddy is helpful. My mom always brings me back to reality… “do I really need ANOTHER pair of khaki pants?” Once you’ve filtered, return your pieces and do another quick sweep to catch what other moms have returned.

#12: Map Out the Sales: There’s a ton of sales in the area, so make sure to map out your plan of attack and compare notes with your friends. Below is a list of sales in the area, but you can also search by zip and view ratings & reviews at ConsignmentMommies.com.




Triad Area Consignment Sales

Feb 12-14
Wee Runs Consignment Sale – High Point

Feb 19- 21
Wee Runs Consignment Sale – High Point

Feb 25-27
Children's Boutique Resale - Winston-Salem
*Also read our blog on the CBR here.
Fellowship Day School @ Fellowship Presbyterian Church – Greensboro
KidShare at the Dixie Classic Fairgrounds – Winston-Salem

Mar 4-6
Christ United Methodist Church – Greensboro
Cornerstone Christian Church - MOPS – Mocksville
First Presbyterian Church - Greensboro
Friendly Ave Baptist Church – Greensboro
Lewisville United Methodist Church
Mt. Tabor United Methodist Church – Winston-Salem
St. Paul's Catholic Church Sale – Greensboro
Summerfield United Methodist Church

March 12-14
Christ Community Church Consignment Sale – Greensboro
Clemmons West Children's Clothing and Toy Sale
Covenant Church UMC – High Point
Fairview Moravian Church – Winston-Salem
First Christian Academy & Preschool – Kernersville
Glennview Baptist Church – Winston-Salem
Grace Presbyterian Church - Kernersville
Greensboro Mothers of Multiples Spring/Summer Children's Consignment Sale
Shady Grove Wesleyan Church – Colfax
Trinity Church of Greensboro

March 15-21
Ardmore United Methodist Church Preschool – Winston-Salem
Bethlehem Angels Preschool
Kid2Kid Burlington
Main Street United Methodist Church – Kernersville
Parkway Presbyterian Church - Twin City Mothers of Multiples

April 15-17
Northwest Baptist Church
West Market Street UMC & Early Childhood Center Home & Closet Sale – Greensboro

Don't forget to register to win $25 gift cards (plus $25 gift cards for each of your three girlfriends) to shop at Beverly Hills on Main and Harry Smidgepodge in Jamestown! Click here to get all the scoop, and to register. The winner will be randomly picked on Friday, Feb. 11 and announced Feb. 14. Good luck, Smarties!

18 comments:

Kristen said...

Hurrah! I was patiently awaiting your list of consignment sales. Now to choose which ones I want to go to! Terrific tips too Chrissy ... Thanks!

Meg said...

I know Messiah Moravian in Winston also has a good sale, but I am not sure of the dates this year.

Anonymous said...

Wee-Runs in High Point is awesome! Tons of stuff for your little one!

ConsigningChrissy said...

Thanks for the feature Triad Smarty Pants!!!

Happy 2 Be Me said...

thanks for the post! I know I will have to catch at least 2 sales if not more. I'm a first time mom and figured out early you don't always have to buy new.

Angela Hunt said...

We are having a huge Adoption Fundraiser Rummage Sale this weekend in the gym at New Hope Presbyterian Church off Harper Rd. in Clemmons. It will be Saturday, Feb. 13th from 8am-2pm. Lots of toys, baby items, kids' clothing, adult clothing, furniture, books, etc. and all of the money raised goes toward our adoption from Ethiopia! Check out the blog for more info:
http://hunts4adoption.blogspot.com/

littlemama said...

I love, love, love consignment sales and have clothed three children for the last nine years with quality clothes from consignment sales. I rarely buy anything from a retailer for them! Being a consignor and volunteer helps as well in terms of early shopping, but also I make money to replace what I spend. My husband LOVES that! My two favorite sales...Covenant Kids in High Point and a newer sale to the area, very clean and organized, Trinity Church in Greensboro.

Anonymous said...

Messiah Moravian Preschool (on Peace Haven Road) has a great sale as well. The dates are February 26 & 27.

Lori said...

New Philadelphia Moravian Preschool Consignment Sale
4440 Country Club Road, Winston-Salem

Sale Dates:
Friday, March 12th from 9:00 AM-7:00 PM
Saturday, March 13th from 9:00 AM-12 Noon

Anonymous said...

Mt. Pisgah United Methodist Church Weekday School is having their Spring Consignment Sale on Friday, March 5th (9am-7pm) & Sat. March 6th (8am-1pm).
2600 Pisgah Church Road, Greensboro, NC 27455. This is the big white church across the street from Lowes Home Improvement on Battleground.
They are also accepting consignors. Email them at justforkids@mtpisgahgreensboro.org or call 336-288-3335 ext. 228
This is always one of my favorite consignments sales. Great prices!

Bethany said...

does anyone who consigned at weeruns have a friend pass to get in early they aren't going to use??

Anonymous said...

I heard that the Children's Boutique Resale is still taking consignors and they might need more volunteers. You earn more money when you volunteer, but you don't have to work to consign. They have boutique vendors too! I got some awesome stuff last fall!

Anonymous said...

I understand the gather/filter approach - but really it's not fair for other people who have to wait around for your discards and then go through every rack again after you've put stuff back - please be considerate and only take the things off the rack that you think you'll really buy - or use the philosophy of "I'll leave it there and if it's there when I come back then it's meant to be." Thank you.

Angela Perdue said...

Great sale at: Hillsdale UMC
5018 US Hwy 158
Advance, NC
998-4020

March 26th 9-12 and 5-7
March 27th 9-12, everything is 1/2 price on Saturday

Anonymous said...

Hannah's Closet Children's Clothing and Equipment Sale, FUMC - Mocksville is an EXCELLENT sale! It takes place in the basement of their FLC at 310 N Main St, Mocksville.

Sale dates are Friday, 3/12 6p-9p and Saturday, 3/13 8a-12p. ALL items are 1/2 price on Saturday.

For more information about consigning, contact Suzanne Barnhardt at barnhardt@yadtel.net. If you would like to volunteer for the sale, contact Elizabeth Rosenbaum at ecrosenbaum@hotmail.com.

Beth Welsh said...

My friend Dorothy and I do a Lilly Pulitzer and Smocked Clothing Exchange in March.. We have done it for the past 2 years after taking it over from our friends whose kids "grew up." We have had a blast doing it and have had great clothes for woman, girls, and boys. Our sale will take place sometime the week of March 15 and we will accept clothes the week of March 8. More details to follow with specifics. And Triad Smarty Pants will post it as well..

Anonymous said...

Main Street United Methodist Church will be having their consignment sale March 19th and 20th. This is a huge sale that has been around for years! I love shopping this sale and always find tons of great things! You can also voulnteer for a shift and shop early. Good info on their website www.mainstreetumcpreschool.org.

Negi said...

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