Since having my son I've accumulated more items of baby stuff than I'd ever imagine existed. Since we are only having one child, we do not need to hang on to anything, except for the few hand knitted items and really cute and sentimental clothing. I've passed on some stuff, but have run out of kids to give things to since his cousins are in a different size than him. With the amassing piles of clothing and baby goods burying us alive, I found a way to pass on most of the stuff and make a few bucks: the consignment sale.
It cracks me up to see baby gift registries these days, since I now realize that 80% of the baby stuff is unnecessary. I have sold off his swing, bassinet, jumperoo, bouncey seat, bumbo seat, boots, shoes, swimsuits, coats, etc. at a twice yearly consignment sale near me. It is happening this week again and I've volunteered to work at it too this time so I got to shop first at the volunteer sale night. I managed to find a few clothing items that made up a cute outfit and a pair of fleece pjs that even still had the tags on it. I also found some books and baggies of little things: cars, animals and santa figures for his little people set. The baggies of toys were only a buck each! This little blue vest with digger trucks on it might be my favorite find this year. My son loves diggers at the moment, so it fits in with his theme. When I put it with the GAP sweater and jeans I bought I thought it actually looked good together.
It does surprise me at what people (other consignors) think is "sale-able condition." Many of the shirts and pants in my son's size were really wash-worn and to me, not worth selling or buying. To top the condition, prices, which are set by the consignor, were off the chart. A faded, pilling long sleeve Tee shirt for $5 just because it has an iron on of Thomas the train? I also discovered that I set my prices for my items on the low end...that may work out for me if it all sells! The stuff that doesn't sell I usually take to our local goodwill store as a donation.
I'm looking forward to volunteering tonight at the sale! If you are local, check it out!