I poked under the children's bed and in their closet to find all the cold-weather clothes. They tried most of them on. Now I have three groups: outgrown things nice enough to consign, mostly worn-out things for the thrift store, and a list of needed items.
|They made mustaches, with no idea that these are trendy right now!|
My local kids' consignment store is picky about what they take. They want namebrands, barely worn, in perfectly clean condition. The first time I tried to consign my stroller, they told me it was too dirty; boy, I scrubbed that thing and consequently, they took it and paid me $45.
Genevieve has two pairs of outgrown patent leather shoes. They had little scuff marks all over them. A little googling led me to try wiping the shoes with nail polish remover. Success! With minimal effort, the shoes are now bright and shiny. In the box they go with scrubbed-up snow boots and outgrown clothes, all threads and fuzzies carefully trimmed off.
My plan is to consign the outgrown ones and put the money towards replacement items from the consignment store. Conveniently, this store pays cash up front with no appointment necessary, so I always scrounge around for a few nice items to consign when I go shopping there.
What the consignment store doesn't take, I will drop at the thrift store or see how I feel about selling it on ebay.
This process is one of the ways I choose to spend my homemaking time. Some people simply go to a store and buy the first suitable item, making time for other aspects of homemaking they care more about. I, however, like to scheme on the best price, the best return on my old-clothes-investment, and the most efficient car trip. And I love the chilly weather outside that makes me feel like a squirrel, busily storing things away ahead of the snow.