Consignment Season Is Here Again!

Just as much as I look forward to the changing colors of leaves in Fall, I also look forward to the many weekends of consignment sales the season brings.

In the ultimate form of recycling, I like to consign what no longer fits my kids and also shop for bargains on name brand clothes for their new, larger sizes. Additionally I get to get rid of any toys they’ve outgrown (or whose noises I can no longer stand) and yes, sometimes indulge in “new” toys and gadgets for them as well. The kids often get in the act, as I announce that it’s “consignment sale time” and we go through things and decide what can “go to the babies” or what gets to remain for another season.

What I am most proud of is that my kids are learning the value of saving money where you can and spending wisely — that not everything has to be brand new. A used board game with all of its pieces is just as playable as a brand new one — and the money saved can be put in a savings account or used for something else fun!

Three of my favorite sales are coming up:

CFC MOPS Christian Fellowship Church Mothers of Preschoolers Sale
http://www.cfellowshipc.org/pages/page.asp?page_id=10076
When: Saturday October 2
8-11 regular sale
11:30 -1 half price sale
3 – 3:45 Dollar Dash (most items $1, large items 75%  off)
A limited number of early shopping passes are available for sale — see site for details.

Where: Sanders Corner Elementary
43100 Ashburn Farm Parkway
Ashburn, VA 20147

Charitable statement: The sale is a semi-annual fundraiser for CFC MOPS. Proceeds fund resources for MOPS moms, meeting costs, the MOPPETS children’s program, leadership training, and costs of running the sale.  Funds also support CFC MOPS designated charities and allow MOPS moms to participate in a fall and spring service project. We hope to benefit the community by selling inexpensive, good quality children’s items; to benefit consignors by providing a convenient way to consign their items; and to reach mother’s of preschoolers with information about MOPS. For more information on MOPS International, please visit their website at www.MOPS.org.   

Forms of payment accepted: Cash or check with ID, bring more than one check as there are separate check out rooms for different types of items

Consignors receive: 50% if they consign only, 70% if they also volunteer.

I like this sale because: This is a large sale and you can find a variety of items. Volume is the name of the game here — there are racks and racks of clothes, piles of books, toys you never knew existed… I have shopped this sale a few times and consigned for the first time last fall and did quite well as a consignor.

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Catholic Consignments Sale
When: Saturday, October 9
8 – 11:30 am Public Sale
noon – 1:30 pm Half-Price Sale
3:30 – 4:30 pm** Dollar Dash

Where: Legacy Elementary School (new location for the fall ’10 sale only)
22995 Minerva Drive
Ashburn, VA 20148

Charitable statement: Over the past 2 sales, Catholic Consignments has raised over $30,000 to help St. Theresa’s Divine Mercy Outreach. All of these funds help our neighbors, identified by social services, right in our community. Examples of ways the funds are used include beds & furniture for 23 families, utilities for 25 families, and rent for 27 families.

I like this sale because:  Every sale has a different “vibe” to it.  The shoppers at this one tend to be seriously bargain-minded, meaning competition is intense at the racks, but it makes for a fun day.  There tends to be a fantastic book selection at these sales and often a great selection of dressy clothes for both boys and girls of all sizes, as well as corresponding dressy shoes.  Toys can be hit or miss, but there is always gobs and gobs of baby gear!

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My Child’s Closet
http://www.mychildscloset.com/
When: Newly expanded to TWO days:
Friday October 22
9 am – 8pm
Saturday October 23
7 am – noon regular sale
1 pm – 4 pm half price sale

Where: Community Church 
19790 Ashburn Road
Ashburn, VA 20147

Forms of payment accepted: Cash or check with ID, bring more than one check as there are separate check out rooms for different types of items

Consignors receive: 60% if they consign only, 65% if they also volunteer.
I like this sale because: It is well organized, and tends to have a lot of high quality items. I find a lot of name brand, beautiful clothing at this sale. The owners of this sale are a joy to work with! I enjoy this sale as a seller, a volunteer and a shopper.   Note that the sale has new owners this year.

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Disclosure: I am a volunteer, consignor and seller at all of these sales.