In case you’ve forgotten, the Encores and More Consignment Sale begins this Friday. You can get all the details at their site. Preparing for Encores is a big deal in my house (and has been for 13 years now). I thought you might like some tips on getting ready for this event. If you aren’t from Franklin, Encores is a massive consignment sale held for one week, twice a year. They specialize in children’s clothing, toys, etc… but they also have adult clothes and home decor items. These tips will also be helpful come garage saling season, so keep them handy.
(Note: I’ll be at the sale with a Frugal in Franklin table. Be sure to stop by and introduce yourself!)
Before the sale:
- Clean out all of the clothes for the upcoming season (right now that means summer). Weed out all those things that were never worn or don’t fit anymore. Also, check toys, maternity clothes, children’s furniture and anything else you might want to clear out.
- Prepare your items to sell (it’s too late for this sale), but keep it in mind for next time. Or, decide who you might be able to share the items with. If you are going to hand them down to a friend, do it in advance of the sale so that she doesn’t buy unnecessary items.
- Make a checklist for each child for whom you will be shopping. You can do this on a 3×5 card or create a spreadsheet that you can re-use. It depends on your personality. If it’s a really hectic day, scrawl it on the palm of your hand. Be sure to include the following for each child: clothing sizes, shoe sizes, and measurements (maybe waist, inseam, and arm length). Then create a list of needs for that child. My list would look something like this:
- 5-7 outfits for play
- 1-2 church outfits
- windbreaker or sweater
- 1 pair of decent pajamas
- dress sandals
- casual sandals
This is an entire season of clothes for one of my kids. I would pare down the list, based on what we had already obtained from other sources. Don’t forget to consider other needs you may have. Ask yourself about:
- Birthday gifts
- Shower gifts
- Sporting Equipment
- Yard toys
- Bigger car seats, strollers, beds, or potty chairs
Lastly, think about items you may want to pick up for yourself or your home. Would a breadmaker help you cut your grocery budget? Would a table lamp help you cut back on overhead lighting? Do you need any clothes for the summer?
On the day of the sale, be sure of the following:
- Make sure you have eaten, are well hydrated, and have had a bathroom break before you go. If you are expecting, this goes double for you. The lines can be long!
- Dress comfortably-especially your shoes. Also be sure to dress for the weather. In the summer it’s hot and in the winter it’s cold. Dress accordingly.
- Bring a bag or basket for your finds. I think it’s helpful to have sold sign to put on top of your stuff if you need to put it down in a corner for just a second.
- Your list!
- A tape measure.
- Take big kids (over 10) who will be picky about what you buy. Leave little kids at home. Children under 10 are not allowed, and you won’t want them with you anyway.
- Patience and great attitude.
Have a great time, and feel free to come back here to tell us about your great deals!