It's amazing how quickly kids grow, isn't it? One minute, the clothes fit. Then you blink, and you're on the hunt for a whole new wardrobe. Same with toys. And playpens. And high chairs. And...oh! Another child is born!
Now multiply the cost of everything by two or three or more, and it's total devastation to a parent's bank account!
Fortunately, we have a solution for parents here in Hendricks County, Indiana. Allow me to introduce you to the Here We Grow Again Consignment Sale and provide you with the top 10 things to know about this incredibly valuable shopping opportunity.
1. Just the Facts
For those who are already familiar with the Here We Grow Again Consignment Sale, here are this year's details:
- Held at the Hendricks County 4-H Fairgrounds & Conference Complex, 1900 E. Main St., Danville, Indiana
- Wednesday, March 15, 2023, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- Thursday, March 16, 2023, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- Friday, March 17, 2023, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- Saturday, March 18, 2023, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Free admission
For those who would like some more information, continue reading!
2. How the Sale Works
Parents (consignors) from all over Central Indiana bring in gently-used kids' clothes, maternity clothes, furniture, toys, baby gear, books and more to sell. Those items are then tagged and sold over the course of four days at huge discounts!
Here We Grow Again is Hendricks County's original consignment sale, and it's the largest sale in the Indianapolis area.
How large is it, exactly? More than 126,000 items will be for sale, spread out over two huge rooms within the facility!
Do you have a baby on the way? Kids outgrowing things faster than you can buy stuff? Maybe you're looking for gifts for your grandchildren. Maybe you're going through some challenging financial times. Maybe you just don't want to pay full retail price for things.
This is your shopping mecca.
3. Make a List and Have a Plan
What do 126,000 items look like? In a word: overwhelming. The sale is very well-organized, even as items are sold throughout the event, but nevertheless, 126,000 of anything is overwhelming.
It can be mind-blowing how much stuff is there, and if you get to the consignment sale without a list or a plan, you could wind up with bags full of items that are nice to have but not the items that you truly need.
There's nothing at all wrong with casually shopping for items, but if you're on a tight budget for any reason, making a list and sticking to your plan are essential.
What's most important to you? A stroller? Put that at the top of your list. And you need a high chair? Put that next on your list. And so on and so forth.
Make sure you go in knowing how much you want to spend. You can write down prices as you find items that you need, use the calculator function on your phone, and make sure you don't go over your budget.
Make a list, have a plan and win the day.
4. Leave the Kids at Home
Again, 126,000 items are for sale at the Here We Grow Again Consignment Sale. That's a whole lot of "Mom, can I have this?" and "Dad, I want this!"
There are also a lot of shoppers at this sale. Lots and lots of shoppers. So strollers are hard to navigate, and more mobile children getting away from you while you look at items results in that dreaded feeling of panic in such a large crowd. Nobody wants that.
Finally, it takes a long time to browse 126,000 items. Most kids (and many husbands, I might add) don't have the kind of patience required for that, so it's best to leave them at home before they spoil your enjoyable day of shopping.
5. New Moms in 2023
Are you going to be a new mom?
Here We Grow Again wants to help you get a jump start on shopping their consignment sale by offering New Moms in 2023 tickets!
These tickets will get you into the sale a day before the public, on Tuesday, March 14!
These tickets go crazy fast, so HWGA recommends clicking here and entering your contact information.
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6. Are You a Hero?
Here We Grow Again wants to honor members of the military, police officers, firefighters, EMTs, nurses, hospital staff, teachers, therapists and other heroes.
If you fit in one of those categories, you can get early access a day before the consignment sale opens to the public!
If you're a hero, click here for your free ticket to shop on Tuesday, March 15 from 5 to 8 p.m.!
Hurry, though, because there are a limited number of hero passes!
7. Buy a Golden Ticket
For just under $30, anyone can purchase a Golden Ticket and shop a day early -- on Tuesday, March 14 from 3 to 4:30 p.m.
The ticket itself is $25, and by the time you add on sales tax and a convenience fee, it comes out to $28.89 a person.
Is it worth it for more than 4 hours of shopping time amongst all the good stuff before the consignment sale opens to the public?
You betcha! These sell out quickly, too.
Click here to purchase your Golden Ticket!
8. HWGA Blue Bag Presale
Is a Golden Ticket not in the cards for you for whatever reason? But you still want a little bit of a jump start on the general public?
Then the HWGA Blue Bag Presale is for you.
For a mere $7.49 (a $5 ticket plus fees), you can purchase a pass to the presale event that will allow you inside an hour before the general public!
Yep, you get to start shopping on Wednesday, March 15 at 9 a.m!
Click here to purchase your HWGA Blue Bag Presale ticket!
9. Discount Days
So far, we've focused on getting you access to the Here We Grow Again Consignment Sale before everyone else so that you have the best selection of items to choose from.
Well, how about a way to purchase things cheaper than everyone who gets there early?
Friday, March 17 is 25% Off Day! You get already insanely good prices on items, and you knock another 25 percent off specially-marked items! The really good news is almost everything is specially-marked.
Then go back on Saturday, March 18 for 50% Off Day! Same premise as on Friday, but now you're getting 50 percent off specially-marked items. And again, almost everything is specially marked.
10. Help Other Moms
It takes a lot of people to host this large of a consignment sale. The team that helps put on the event are the heart of the sale. It's a community event and lots of folks help every season. It becomes an HWGA family reunion when they get together!
You can help make this a special event for local moms by signing up to set up, tear down, help customer or keep things tidy during the sale. All you have to do is:
- Make an account on the HWGA website
- Sign up on the portal
- Use the passcode HWGA23 to sign up for shifts
Becoming a team member does come with perks! You can earn Grow Bucks when you sign up for shifts that can then be used to purchase items at the sale!