I am not that kind of shopper. I do not go to department store sales. I do not hit the malls the day after Thanksgiving. I prefer to order things on the internet. I do not like searching, or crowds.
Then I had a baby and lost my income. This was a perfect storm of events that have turned me into a crazed consignment sale shopper.
I hadn’t even heard of consignment sales before I got pregnant. I was in a baby store, looking at adorable but ridiculously expensive baby clothes when a woman sidled up to me and said “Don’t buy them here…you should go to a consignment sale…” Then she whispered a website address at me (www.thebargainwatcher.com) and was gone. It was all very “Mission Impossible.”
I went to my first one that weekend and I was HOOKED! It was amazing – everything I was looking for, and at a tiny fraction of the price it would be new. I started buying everything for Finn at those sales and I haven’t looked back since.
At first it was so easy – I needed everything and I wasn’t picky. So no matter what time I got to the sale I found tons of stuff to buy. As Finn has gotten older, though, I have become more and more particular about what I was looking for. This year I was dying for a tall car garage with ramps. We had seen it at a friend’s house and Finn had played with it for hours. I went to sale after sale. I started showing up earlier, even waiting in line for them to open. I was setting my alarm for Saturday morning – the one day my husband watched Finn so I could sleep in. I was suspiciously eyeing the other women – they were all after my garage!
I’ll admit, I was in the throes of an obsession. But I finally found the garage (for eight dollars!) and it was totally worth it. I now understand all those other shoppers and the thrill of the hunt.
I am that mom that responds to every compliment about what my son is wearing with “Thanks! The whole outfit only cost $1.50!” Of course, when I sat down to sort out his winter clothes I realized that he had about 20 pairs of pants. It’s just so hard to resist buying them at a dollar a pair.
So, I recommend consignment sales to every mom – great deals at great prices!