Sep 28, 2012

Buying All of the Things: Consignment Style

Along with these two new wonderful additions that will be joining our family in 2013 (we hope!) come a lot of things! It's amazing just how much stuff such tiny little people will need. In this series, I am going to walk you through our decisions as we are making them. We will talk cars, cribs, DSLR cameras, strollers, and other registry items.


This post is going to be a little bit different than most of the posts in this series because I'm not going to talk about any specific things we are considering or decisions we are making! Instead, I'm asking for your advice and feedback.
 
Tomorrow we will be attending a consignment sale here in town hosted by the North Dallas Mothers of Twins Club called the Twice as Nice Sale.
 
 
This is a large consignment sale where all of the items have been entered by mothers of twins or super twins. So most of the strollers are double strollers. Most of the cribs have a matching crib. Many of the clothes will have a coordinating sibling outfit. The nursery decor will have two sets of bedding.
 
We are going to the sale with an open mind about what we will find and even what we are looking for. I have been told by other Mom's that anything 30% of more off of retail is a good price for a consignment sale, but since I can get new items at Buy Buy Baby for 20% off that seems expensive to me. I doubt I will buy anything unless it is at least 50% off. With this in mind, I have obviously done a lot of registry research already (and even pre-written a few posts on registry items to post next week) and will write a post about our registries and where we chose to register.
 
At the sale we are hoping to find two big things: a double stroller and bedding to go with our nursery decor. So since I'm looking for bedding, I must have a color scheme and theme in mind for two boys right? Right! I do. Stay tuned for a nursery board for twins boys coming later! (I have lots of images but making a mood board is hard work!)
 
What I am looking for right now: leave a blog comment or send me a tweet (@LexyJill) with your best consignment deal.
 

What did you buy consignment that really knocked your socks off?

 
 
 
 

8 comments:

  1. I have found Craig's list to be more beneficial than consignment. Although, this consignment thing for twins sounds like a cool idea. The consignment stores in my area tend to be hit or miss, and I am not that impressed by the prices. I like Craig's list because you can see exactly what you are getting before you go, and often you can bargain down well below asking price. On another note, I can chip in my two cents on a double stroller. We have the Graco Quattro Duo and love it. It will accommodate 2 infant carriers, and I much prefer front to back seating vs. side by side. Much easier to navigate in tight spaces. There may be better ones out there for twin babies, we have been really satisfied with ours! Congrats on the baby boys! Are you going to announce names?

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    1. Thanks! I've been searching Craigslist and struggling to find bedding for two (although I've found some amazing deals if I only needed one bed skirt/sheet set/bumper (for cuteness not infant use) but since I need two...)

      We are leaning towards sharing initials but not names (assuming we ever find a name (let alone two plus middle names!) that we agree on.

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  2. Oh, also. If you don't find any bedding on consignment you might see if having bedding made is a cheaper option than expensive lines like PBK. I know a girl in Dallas who just started her own custom bedding sewing business. She has done a great job with the things I have seen. Not sure what her prices are, but since she is just starting up, I would imagine she would be lower than most. Here is a link to her personal blog with a post about one of her bedding projects. She is a christian and just a really neat person:
    http://babyvog.blogspot.com/2012/07/sew-katy-update-and-nurseryguest-room.html

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    1. Thanks! I'll def contact her because we struck out on bedding at the sale. I have a few fabrics I like though! My MIL is a really good seamstress but I'm not sure she is willing to take on making two bumpers and such.

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  3. Good luck with your consignment sale! I went to the one in my area with very high hopes. As soon as the sale started everyone darted towards the strollers and car seats. The best item was Chicco Key Fit 30 (2011). We should have grabbed them, but were hesitant because at the time I was only 8 weeks and we did not know what brand we wanted or what was a good price. The sale was pretty large, but we didn't find anything else that peaked our interest.

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    1. This sale was NO WHERE near as big as advertised, but we got a few good deals (the baby monitors we had chosen - well actually we had it narrowed to two so finding these cheap made up our minds!, a cheap cheap exersaucer, a pair of adorable infant dinosaur shoes, and a diaper bag- that I might not really love but it was really inexpensive so I can still hope for the OiOi one on my registry!)

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  4. I bought almost everything from a consignment sale for A. Diaper bag, stroller, play yard, bouncer, boppy, play mat, swing, clothes, toys, etc.

    Think about getting different swings/bouncers if you're getting more than one of each. This could give you more of a variety for the babies to look at. As a nanny, the babies seemed to like the variety. (I had two infants <six weeks apart, twice)

    Keep an eye out on outfits that are the same, sellers price things differently, you may find some cheaper.

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    1. I wish this sale had been big enough to find almost everything! Oh well I'll have to keep searching!

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