I mentioned in my review of my first Financial Peace University class that I was consigning items to TheDivvyUp, a local children’s consignment sale in Logan, Utah. There are still a couple of days left to shop, and you can score great deals!
Bridgerland WEST campus (BATC)
1400 N 1000 W
They’ll be open Friday 9-7 and Saturday 8-2 (a lot of the items will be marked 1/2 price this day!).
They still have THOUSANDS and THOUSANDS of items of clothing, shoes, toys, baby swings, feeding supplies, bedding, maternity, and Halloween costumes. Don’t miss this opportunity for AMAZING deals on gently used children’s items.
In my FPU review post, I also set a budget for myself at the sale. In the past, I’ve easily spent $200 or more, and while that would be okay if my children actually were in need of the clothing, we didn’t have THAT big of a need. So I made a list of some items I was looking for, set a budget of $50, and hit the sale. I hoped to find dress shoes for my kids, dress clothes for my boy, and perhaps a couple dresses for my girls. Apparently we’re in need of shaping up our church wardrobe. So I struck out on dress shoes completely. It’s not that there weren’t cute shoes there, just none in the size of my kids. I did find a cute pair of $2 warm boots for my toddler, though, and she loves them!
I gave in to my urge to go through the junior clothing and see if I could find some items for myself. I found a sweater tunic, striped ruched top, and striped vest that I just LOVE! All for only $8.50, less than $3/item! I checked off my son’s dress clothes and got him 2 button down shirts, a pair of grey corduroy pants, and a darling polo. I only found one skirt for my girls (they wear the same size and can share), but also found a jacket, 2 cute shirts, a pair of jogger pants, and 2 cover-ups to wear over their dance leotards. In all, I ended up with 15 items and paid $47.97 with tax! I made sure to pay in cash, as I’m trying to get the feeling of only having so much tangible money to work with on a budget, instead of using a debit card (do you know you tend to spend 12-18% more when you use a card instead of cash?).
Before you go to the sale, I suggest you follow these tips:
- Leave the kids at home. There are a lot of toys there that they’ll just NEED and, frankly, you don’t need the fit they’ll throw when you say no. Plus, if you do find a toy they’d enjoy, you can get it and save it as a gift for Christmas or a birthday since they won’t see it. I’ve seen so many unnerved mama’s with their crying babies and temper tantrum throwing toddlers, and in fact I’ve been there myself. If you can, find a friend or family member to watch them so you can go alone. However, kids are welcome at the sale, so you can bring them if you have no other option.
- Be prepared with at least 1-2 hours so you’re not rushed. It takes a lot of time to sort through the racks, especially for the clothing of ages 0-4t. It isn’t quite like going to a store where everything is displayed neatly. The sale does require people to prepare items a certain way to make it easier, but there are thousands of items to sort through.
- Bring a stroller or wagon. This isn’t for the kids to ride in, but for you to put your finds in. They do have big blue IKEA totes you can use while you’re searching the racks, and that’s find if you’re just looking for a few things. But if you’re attempting to get a lot of items for multiple kids, or big items like decor, diaper bags, or bedding, you’ll want something with wheels to carry it.
- Set a budget and make a list before you go. As I mentioned, I’ve easily spent way more than I intended before the sale. If you know what you’re looking for, you’ll be less tempted to buy items you don’t need.
Oh, and if you’re interested to know how much I’ve made as a consignor, I’ve made over $200 in the first 3 days of the sale (I’ll update this at the end of the sale)!
If you go to the sale, I’d love to hear about your finds!