Back-to-School Shopping: Scoring Great Deals at Consignment Sale Events

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It’s time to start thinking about buying those new school clothes and shoes! So where do you find your best deals? Store sales racks? Online? Garage sales? How about consignment sales?

Consignment stores are not a new idea. There are tiny shops in every town selling wares on consignment, but that is not what this post is about. Children’s and maternity consignment EVENTS are different than the typical brick-and-mortar consignment stores. By taking place just a few times a year over a week/end in large, warehouse-like spaces, these sales are packed with racks, shelves and floors of clothes, shoes, toys and gear for families!

If you’re looking for serious bargains, gone are the days of shopping out-of-season sales at stores and hoping they will still fit your growing children a year later. No need to load up the family and drive around neighborhoods for hours just to find limited and overpriced items at traditional consignment stores or garage sales. Now, you can hit up just one or more local consignment events only twice a year and find everything you need for your kids’ next season.

images courtesy of Pass It On, SuperKids and JBF consignment sales
images courtesy of Pass It On, SuperKids and JBF consignment sales

With hundreds or sometimes thousands of families consigning their stuff, these sale events have rows of racks in each clothing size you’re looking for, and often ten of each item on your list to choose from! By taking a few minutes to compare, you can pick the lower priced or best condition of the clothing and shoe brands you like, or the types of toys and gear you need.

Worried about quality? Most of these consignment events have strict screening processes in place for their consignors’ stuff, allowing only the best condition, stain-free and quality items for you to buy.

Another perk to these consignment events is you can sell your own gently-used stuff with them! With a little time spent on prepping your items and for a small consignor fee, you can choose your own price, tag and drop off your stuff to be included in the racks and shelves at the next sale. Consignors also usually get to shop earlier than the public, making those good deals even better!

Ready to shop and/or consign? Get more info about the upcoming children’s and maternity consignment events around the Portland Metro area right here:

Ever After Resale {HILLSBORO} September 20-21

A smaller consignment event that accepts only a limited amount of upscale brands.

SuperKids Resale {PORTLAND & VANCOUVER} September 26-29 & November 14-17

A large consignment event with four sales between two locations each year, in the fall and spring.

Baby’s Bottom Dollar Sale {SALEM} October 2-6

A large consignment event in the fall with five shopping days at their Salem location, and one upscale brand sale in the spring.

Twice Around the Block {MILWAUKIE} October 7-10

The only local sale that doesn’t charge the consignor fee upfront and has the earnings check ready the day after the sale (others are between 2-4 weeks wait time).

Just Between Friends {VANCOUVER & PORTLAND} Still TBD

This huge, nationwide franchised consignment event charges a small entrance and parking fees and is located at the Clark County Fairgrounds in Vancouver and The Portland Expo Center.

Merry Go Round Children’s Resale {VANCOUVER} Still TBD

With a focus on quality children’s items, this sale strives to offer a large selection of name brand items in great quality and unique style.

ThriftMouse Children’s Consignment Sale {HILLSBORO} Still TBD

A smaller consignment sale usually located at the Washington County Fairgrounds.

Pass It On {HILLSBORO} Still TBD

Portland’s oldest and largest locally-owned sale puts on two events each year: winter/holiday in November and spring/summer in March.

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Which of these sales do you like best and why? Know of a local, upcoming children’s and maternity consignment event I’ve missed? Please leave a comment below with your favorite and what you like about them or give a shout out to other local sale events!

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  1. I just consigned with Pass It On at their Back to School sale. Great experience. I made $950 selling my items and also bought clothes and shoes for my kids. Now I’m rounding up toys to take to the winter/holiday sale. Gotta make space for the toys I know I’ll buy at Pass It On to save for Christmas.

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