Thursday, March 31, 2016

Tips for Post Consignment Sale Shopping

Thrifty Thursday 
You may think that once you've shopped a consignment sale, you've done everything you can to save money.  However, I've found a few more ways to maximize your savings.  

1. Find out where they donate left over items:  If you notice, many consignment sales donate clothes that are left over after their sale.  After having been at the Moncure sale in line at closing time several times, I've seen on average about 30 lawn and leaf size bags filled to go out for donations.

I was lucky enough to be standing in line waiting to checkout the second time I went to the Moncure sale and overheard another shopper asking where the items that didn't sell were donated.  Much to my surprise, the volunteer told the other shopper they were donated to the Goodwill behind the school.  Huzzah.  I knew I could check there the following week for more deals.  The Goodwill stores in my area sell baby items except dresses for .99 cents each.  If they have a noodle in the color of the week, they are half off.  Even if they are regularly priced, when you bring a donation, you get a coupon for 20% off all regularly priced items.  So, shopping at Goodwill, the most I would spend on a new item for my little one is .80 cents.  Often an even better bargain than a consignment sale.

Due to the volume of donations they receive after a consignment sale, all the merchandise doesn't go out the first week.  So, you can often pick up deals for several weeks after the sale.

This is my Goodwill haul the week after the last Moncure sale.  I got 3 shirts, 2 pair of pants, 1 onesie, and a pair of pajamas for less than $5.  Yay!

2. Save your hangers: If you plan on consigning in the future which you probably should, many sales require you to place clothing items on your own hangers.  Sadly, kid size hangers aren't much cheaper than adult hangers.  If you save the ones you get at sales and stores when buying new if they will allow you, that will provide a good start to your collection.  

3. Save your safety pins: While safety pins aren't expensive per se, every little bit of savings helps.  For most people who will be consigning at a sale, you will need to invest in hangers, safety pins, clear packing tape, ink, paper, and gallon size ziploc baggies.  Little savings though can help.  I keep all my safety pins in a quart food storage container where little hands won't get to them.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Weecycled Fredericksburg Haul

Where I live, Weecycled is the biggest consignment sale.  It was my introduction to consignment sales when my daughter was just days old.

 I had been shopping for clothes for my little one at thrift and consignment stores throughout my pregnancy to be prepared.  However, after reading other mamas advice and being told my daughter would probably be close to 8 lbs when she arrived, I avoided purchasing hardly any newborn clothes.  I think i had 2 onesies, 3 sleepers, and a hat.  Imagine my surprise when I delivered a 6 lb 6 oz little one who quickly went down to 5 lbs 10 oz.  Even her newborn clothes looked big on her.

I mean look at those leg holes.  That was before she lost several more ounces the morning after she was born at the hospital.  We needed to get some more newborn clothes quickly.  Since I had been out of work on medical leave due to complications during my third trimester, our budget for new clothes for her was severely limited.  Luckily, DB's parents had been shopping at Weecycled's Stafford sale for a few years for his niece.  Thankfully, they picked up a some more sleepers for her the day after we got home from the hospital at the Weecycled sale that we were lucky enough to have the weekend after her birth.  I wasn't quite up to shopping or even walking yet.  Somehow, I got up the energy to hit the sale with DB 2 days later for their half off sale.  

That was the beginning of what now is a seasonal obsession.  So far this season, I've been to 4 consignment sales including one more I will post about after this.  I still have 4 more consignment sales I plan to shop.  

Weecycled Wardrobe's Fredericksburg sale is huge.  As my consignment sale style has evolved, I've learned that I don't prefer these large for profit consignment sales.  Additionally, unlike any other consignment sales I frequent, Weecycled has a minimum consignors can charge of $4.  This means even on half off days, the minimum you will spend per item is $2.  So, you are best served by purchasing bundled items.  

This is an Infantino Sling Rider that is recalled.  I have mixed feelings about this particular purchase.  I am seriously saddened that a for profit consignment sale specializing in children's goods would sell an item that not only was recalled but was also associated with the death of at least 3 infants.  It is illegal to sell recalled items.  I would feel awful if I saw this item and passed it by knowing that some other parent might buy it to use for their little one.  

The upside of me purchasing this,though, isn't just getting it off the market to prevent it from possibly injuring another child.   Owners of the recalled sling, can reach out to Infantino following the directions here to return the necessary portion of the sling to receive a different product in return.  Currently, they are offering a high chair cover or one of their mei tais.  The mei tai, of course, would be my recommendation as it is a well loved carrier in the babywearing community. 

 Their mei tais usually retail for around $35.  I picked up the Sling Rider for $2.  

This is an example of buying a bundle of items to get a better deal.  For $2, I picked up two 2 shirts and a skirt that will be perfect for Fourth of July, Memorial Day, or even Flag Day.

I am a huge football fan especially of the Dallas Cowboys.  Unfortunately, NFL licensed apparel is way too expensive for my taste brand new usually $20 or more for a single onesie.  DB's parents are huge Redskins fans, sadly.  So, I am always on the lookout for some Cowboys clothes to balance out all the Skins onesies we've been given.  So, I was thrilled to pick up this 12 month onesie and 18 month dress for just $2.

This bundle of wooden puzzles includes 4 puzzles one of which is the Melissa and Doug Dress up Teddy Bear Puzzle with 45 interchangeable pieces to change the both their expressions and moods.  Awesome buy at just $2 considering these puzzles run anywhere from $7.99 to $14.99 each new.

This bundle was two pair of 18 month jeans for $2 one of which had an adjustable waist which are more difficult to find but needed for my little one's skinny waist.

Melissa and Doug Alphabet puzzle $2.  Of course, I love wooden puzzles; but I especially love that the peekaboo for O is an octopus.  I am always on the lookout for items featuring octopuses since they are her father's favorite.

Osh Kosh and Hanna Anderson tops for $2 for the bundle.

Ralph Lauren dress for $2.50.

Collection of Bear Board Books including I Love You Through and Through, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, and We're going on a Bear Hunt for $2.

Two Spring outfits for $3.

My First Words Book from the Your Baby Can Read Series for $2.50.

Brown size 5 shoes for $2.  

Monday, March 28, 2016

Vegetable Ragout with Greens and Bulgur

Meatless Monday 

This recipe was born out of my desire to use up last bits of produce, but it turned out so well, that it will definitely be added to our rotation of dinner entrees.  I had 1 red brick sweet potato and half a bag of mixed greens(turnip greens, collard greens, and kale) and felt like doing something different but hearty as we seemed to be having the last blast of winter.

1-8.8 ounce package of quick cook bulgur

2 cups of greens

1 quart of tomato sauce(I used some I had canned last summer that already had onions, garlic, and basil.  If you use store bought, I would recommend adding onions while cooking the greens.)

approx 3-4 lbs root veggies I used enough to fill a half sheet pan or the equivalent of 2 potatoes, 1 white sweet potato, 2 carrots, 1 red brick sweet potato, 1/2 a rutabaga.  parsnips, turnips, celery root, etc would also work well.

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 cup of water

1 tablespoon minced garlic

salt and pepper to taste

1 tsp paprika

olive oil

1 tsp garlic and herb seasoning

1. Cut all the veggies into 1-2 inch cubes.

2, Roast the veggies in the oven at 425 degrees for 20-25 minutes.

3, Add oil to a pot, and saute the greens with the garlic.

4. Add the tomato sauce, spices, lemon juice, water, and bulgur to the pot.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce to a simmer for ten minutes.

5. Add your root veggies once they are done roasting.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Moms of Multiples Consignment Sale Haul

Two weekends ago, I attended our local moms of multiples consignment sale.  Moms of multiple consignment sales are pretty common nationwide.  This was my first time attending one of their sales.  Despite the sale being the smallest I've attended,  I was able to snag a few great deals.

This sale also happened to be one of the sales where it pays to get all the info about the sale in advance as they did charge a small fee for using a credit card.  So, to maximize savings, I grabbed cash to bring with me.

The Melissa and Doug wooden toys have been huge hits all having been played with every single days since I picked them up.  The first Elmo didn't work, but I wasn't terribly upset for only $1.  I wasn't sure when I saw it if it just needed its batteries replaced when I saw it at the sale.  She still tries to haul it around the house, and this way I don't have to worry about her breaking it in the process.

Left swimsuit $1.50 and Right $1

Melissa and Doug Rainbow Gear Caterpillar $1

Sesame Street Traveling Potty Seat $3

Melissa and Doug Wooden Sound Puzzle $1

Baby Doll Feeding Accessories $1.50

Robeez shoes $2.50 and Burgundy Shoes .50 cents

Toddler Hooded Beach Towel $1.50

 Elmo $1
18 month leggings $.50

Hokey Pokey Elmo $1

 Melissa and Doug Noah's Ark $3

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Ball $.50

Free 8x10 print at Walgreens through 3/28

If you're like me, you've probably been taking lots of pictures of your little one recently between St. Patrick's Day and all of the Easter festivities.  Walgreen has a special deal to help out mamas like us.  Head over to For just today and tomorrow, you can order an 8x10 picture for free with online checkout.  If you pick store pickup, you can get it completely free.   Pretty sure, I'm going to crop this one and use it for my free print.  Hurry,  This offer expires tomorrow.