While I am not as frugal as I would always like to be, I do love a good deal. I will always buy from the sale rack if possible. I love garage sale shopping (I think that has to do with being an ex-Winnipeger). When possible I will always buy clothes second-hand, especially for my kids.
My kids wear their clothes hard. The pieces they wear regularly get dirty, stained and ripped. I like to think of the clothes as lived in. In fact, I like to think that my kids move into their clothes and squat there until they are evicted.
All this to say I am reluctant to pay full price for clothes. Luckily, I discovered My Kids Funky Closet three years ago and I have been supplying their closet from there ever since.
My Kids Funky Closet is a twice a year consignment sale at the Glebe Community Centre. The next sale is Sunday, April 25th. The doors open at 10 am and it is worth getting there on time because the place quickly fills up. They have clothes for all ages, but the largest selection is usually for kids two and under. They also sell toys, books, shoes, outerwear, high chairs and strollers. Basically anything you could possibility think a baby or kid would need.
One thing I like about this sale is that the items are priced by the sellers. What this means is that you can often get great deals as people look to sell off clothes for a few dollars apiece. It also means that somethings can be over priced, but I have always walked away with at least a bag full of goodies.
Last fall I decided to consign some clothes for the first time, mostly the clothes that the kids never wore or somehow ended up only fitting off-season. It took some work to price and tag everything but in the end I was happy. I managed to sell more than I bought. I would consider that a success!
I will be there again on the 25th looking for t-shirts and dresses for my almost 4-year-old. When I am done I will go for coffee with friends on Bank Street and we will compare our purchases. It sounds like the perfect Sunday to me.
Brie is the mom of a 3.5 year daughter “the girl” and eighteen month old son “the boy”. You can read her blog at Capital Mom.