We all know kids come with a steep price tag. Fortunately, those price tags are lower at our local Here We Grow Again Consignment Sale at the Hendricks County 4-H Fairgrounds & Conference Complex, 1900 E. Main St., Danville, Indiana.
I have personally shopped at this sale six times and found fantastic deals every time. The next sale will run March 10-14.
Parents from all over Indy tag and drop off their gently used kids clothes, toys, baby gear, books and more to sell. Then shoppers get to find the best deals among the more than 100,000 items.
Yes, 100 thousand!
It is the biggest sale in the Indianapolis area. That means, anything you could possibly need for your little one is there, at a fraction of the cost.
As you can imagine, it is a very popular event so here are some tips to maximize your time and effort:
1. Make a Needs List
Trust me, there will be plenty of wants when you get there. I have a closet full of dresses for my girls from these sales. But don't forget what you need also.
2. Have a Plan
If your top priority is a stroller, furniture or big toys, head to the room to the left first. Yes, this sale is so big it has two rooms. It is very organized though.
Even after huge crowds come through, volunteers are organizing the space nicely.
Be patient and make sure to allow yourself plenty of time. This won't be a quick in and out as the lines just to check out can get long.
3. Know the Brands You Love
By becoming familiar with the prices of your favorite brands, you'll be able to know whether you are getting a good deal on an item.
4. Plan for the Future
Buy clothes for your kids' next size. Kids grow fast!
For mine, I grab clothes at the sale and save for their next growth spurt; then I don't have to go to the store and pay full price. If they don't happen to grow into the size this season, you have them for next year.
5. Remain Focused
The first couple of sale days you will not want to bring kids or strollers. Baby wearing is allowed, and there is a breastfeeding room if needed.
But seriously, focus is needed those first couple of days.
6. Managing Larger Items
Bring a large bag or even a laundry basket to use for desired items.
If your hands get full, you can set your laundry basket on the floor while you sift through clothes or there is a hold table in the corner of the Expo Hall, just look for the sign or ask a volunteer.
7. Give Yourself Plenty of Time
This sale is huge, so don't plan to shop on a lunch break. But as I said before, shopping without your children, if possible, can really help keep you on task.
8. Shop Early
If you can get your hands on a presale pass, you will get to look through the inventory before the general public.
How do you get a presale pass? It isn't easy.
Presale passes are given to teachers, military families, volunteers and consignors. If you can't land a presale pass, I would still recommend going on the first day it opens to the public if possible.
9. Go Back for Discounts
There is a benefit to shopping on the last two days of the sale as Friday is 25% off day and Saturday most items are 50% off.
Look for the star on the tag to signify it qualifies. From experience, most items do.
10. Make It a Girls Day Out
I had friends at the last sale come from outside the county to shop and then go to dinner. Even if you live in the county, you could do this.
You saved your family some money, you deserve to treat yourself.