Today was my twin club’s big consignment sale. I went super early in the morning, as always. And I got everything on my list except one thing. I was so happy! And I didn’t even over spend. Even more happy! What did I get?
1 pair of shorts pjs (Hanna Andersson)
1 pair of long sleeved, long pant pjs
1 pair of short sleeved, long pant pjs
(My friend Lolli gave all of her kids’ old clothes to me and she had one of each of these…I got another one to round things out.)
1 plaid button up shirt with sweater vest
(I had 1 plaid button up shirt with a sweater vest from another person in my church, now I have 2.)
4 pairs of shorts
2 dresses for Butterfly
about 8 books
2 new movies
water shoes for the boys
sunglasses for Butterfly
sandals for Pirate, Professor can wear Pirate’s from last year
light jackets (matching!) for the boys and one (not matching!) for Butterfly
4 shirts, all matching. (Just for you Mom.)
a hand held microscope for Butterfly’s Easter basket
a bag of trains and planes (small, metal matchbox kind) for the boys Easter baskets
2 potty chairs…here we go!
a swim cover up thing for Butterfly (now that I am thinking about it, I have NO idea why I didn’t get one for the boys too!)
And the best thing I bought this sale?
A night gown for Butterfly. For $4! It’s a bit bit for her but she’ll get LOTs of use out of it.
Another great day at the sale!
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This morning, my friend Lala and I set out before the sun came up. We headed off to the fall twin consignment sale! This year, I wasn’t in the market for lots of clothes. Thanks to many generous donations of friends, we have ALL the clothes we need for this winter.
Well, everything but coats and shoes. So that’s what I went looking for. And I hit the jackpot! I got 3 heavy coats (I already had one from a friend) and 2 rain coats. Score!
Next up were shoes. I got the boys each a pair of sneakers that were brand new. Both of them! Also, I got them Sunday shoes that looked like they were hardly used. And I got Butterfly a pair of purple mary janes, black mary janes (for church), knee high black boots (for fun). Whew, that was an ordeal. I was hoping to find some snow boots for the boys but I didn’t find any.
Then I headed over to the books to see what I could find. There were several titles that I saw from last night that I wanted. I only got one I wanted. I still bought other titles as well, and some dvds for Christmas.
Then I bought an airplane, an airport, some flashcards, and some little people. These are for Christmas too. Oh, also a few trains for the boys.
I went to the clothes section to see if there was anything super cute that I just had to buy. Nope. I was actually pretty disappointed in the selection of size 3T clothes for boys. Not much there! And nothing matchy matchy for twins. I knew that would go away as they got older, but I thought I had another year at least! Oh well.
All in all, I spent about $150 for all of it. Awesome!
Then I helped friends look for their things. I love looking through the sale just to browse. I always find something to buy! (This time it was the trains for the boys…but I couldn’t pass them up!)
Looking forward to the spring sale!
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This weekend was that time of the year! Twice a year my twin moms group puts on a huge consignment sale. This morning was the spring sale. I didn’t get my act together soon enough to sell anything, but I’m always ready to buy something! So here’s the breakdown:
1 dress for Butterfly (which she stuck her tongue out over and refuses to look at)
6 boy shirts (really, I don’t need more shirts but these are so cute! Baby Batman and Cookie Monster were involved)
8 boy shorts
3 pairs of boy shoes (yes, three. 2 pairs of water socks [Professor has worn them to nap he loves them so much] and a pair of sandals. I couldn’t find another pair of the same sandals so I’ll have to actually buy those first hand)
1 pair of Butterfly sandals. Too small. Sad.
6 books (I am such a sucker for books)
1 set of lacing cards for Butterfly’s Sunday bag
All in all, I spent around $80. Awesome!
My friend Lala slept in the car while I shopped during the member time. Then we stood in line forever and chatted. We got her daughter some very cute clothes and a really sweet little white Easter hat.
I also saw a few people from my church so I walked around with them while Lala checked out. She is having her first baby and bought out the sale! A stroller, an exersaucer, a diaper bag, a boppy pillow, some clothes, a car seat, and a swing. I hope she’s all set for her new baby in the summer. We had a great time chatting (Lala too) after.
Last night I spent most of my evening sorting out shoes and having a great time. I always love going to this sale because it makes me feel so happy after. Everyone is very helpful and friendly. And I always love meeting new moms. One twin mom and I sat and chatted last night for about 20 minutes. Her girls are only a few weeks younger than my boys so we’re going to get together and have a play date.
For all you local moms, this is an awesome sale! It’s the best way to get gently used baby stuff. Half of the clothes I saw today were new with tags on them. The average price for a shirt at this consignment sale is about $2. I have bought all my clothes at this sale since the time that Butterfly was a few months old. Sad you missed this one? Don’t worry! There will be another one in September. I’ll remind you.
Because seriously, this room is stuffed to the gills with kid stuff. Any kind of toy, clothe, shoe, stroller, gear, anything!
And it’s super fun to shop at too!
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Today was one of my favorite days in membership of my twin club. It was our semi-annual sale! I love going to this sale and getting all the things I need for the next 6 months. I think half, if not three fourths, of Butterfly’s wardrobe comes from this sale in years past. The boys are following suit with most of their clothes coming from here (and very generous friends…thanks guys!). In the spring I volunteered and had a great time. This time, I volunteered for longer and really enjoyed myself!
So last night I was in charge of helping with the toys; getting them all set up in age groups (infant, toddler, preschool, games and puzzles, and outdoor toys) and putting them all together. Holy cow is this a lot of work. We had 5 of us on the stage in the school cafeteria where it is held running madly holding toys. I admit, there was a lot of silliness between us. We took our time to play with the interesting toys and mocked things like an electronic xylaphone. Seriously, regular xylaphones aren’t enough?!
By the end of the night, the tables were groaning with the weight of toys. The wire racks they had built to hold the toys were starting to bow and we were hoping that toys would not fall in the night. I made a stack of those activity tables for baby’s at least 7 tables high. We had a huge box of baby strollers, one of guitars (yes, they all needed their own box), and so many other things. The reason for me working toys was so that I could scope out what I wanted to buy today.
While all the other mom’s stood around and talked (that’s how I made several friends last year), we worked. I sweated so much but had a good time and I think made a few other friends this year. I was able to scoped out the rest of the sale and think of a few things to buy beyond toys. They even had clothes Butterfly’s size this year! (She is wearing a size 7, can you believe it?!)
So, want to know what I got?
Fisher Price House
Kettler Trike (for their second birthday)
magnetic dress up dolls for Butterfly
Little People garage
The house was SO big and hard to carry. The trike, which was an impulse buy, was awkward to push and the garage did me in. I spent 7 minutes in there, bought those things, took them to my car, and went right back in.
2 winter coats
2 pants for Butterfly
2 sweaters for Butterfly
one koala bear leash thing
Little People Circus
a construction sight
a fire house (all little people stuff)
I finally left because I couldn’t hold anything else. All of this cost me about $180 (with the above round), which is amazing I think.
My friend Lala came with me and slept in the car while I was shopping. She and I waited in line for the general public to be let in and did a lot of shopping in the girls’ clothes for her daughter Mimi. We met a very nice couple who was having their first baby and pretty scared. I don’t think I was that scared to have Butterfly. We talked to her about what to get and I directed her the best places to go once in the sale. We saw them standing in line later and they looked a little happier with a crib and a stroller bought.
Anyway, Lala bought about 12 things for her daughter. There was much debating on if we were getting the right color of purple for her and then bringing her total down to her budget.
I also bought another outfit and another book in this round.
One other thing I got was a double stroller for my good friend Anie. She really wanted one, and by the time I was over in the stroller section at 7:30am, most of the good strollers were gone. So I made the decision for them (again, really sorry Anie!) and bought them one of the last good looking ones. I figured if she didn’t like it, I could use it for a few months and sell it at the sale in the spring. Good thing she seemed to like it. But if she doesn’t, then she could sell it at the spring sale too! (Well, I’d sell it and give her the money.)
It was a great day at the sale! I’m beat though and off to bed.
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The sale this morning was great! I think I got some really good deals. I think I also got more than I should, since I went over my budget. Still, there is no way I could have gotten all of this for $140!
4 pairs of soft soled shoes, size 12-18 months
Noah’s Ark with animals
Little People Zoo with animals
Little People van with a random person
2 travel beds, one for the babies and one for Butterfly
10 one piece outfits
9 pairs of shorts
2 crib lights
3 pairs of pjs…oops
I was in and out in about half an hour. I got some really cute thing one and thing two shirts. And a few of the outfits I got still had the tags on them! I those I bought for $2 each. Very nice.
I just barely got the pictures in from this year’s sale. Check them out HERE. (I’m in a few of them…see if you can pick me out by the boy clothes on the right in my big green coat.) They said over 660 people from the public shopped, and over $47,000 dollars in gross sales. It’s the biggest sale they’ve had yet! The amount of stuff available is really amazing. I had a good time shopping and volunteering. I will definitely be doing it again in the fall!
Hey, I may even go out on a limb and sell a few things this time.
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This morning we were able to get to a St. Patrick’s Day party with my play group at our friend’s new house. It was beautiful and made me want to move to some place bigger. She has an amazing play room and bathtub…funny how those two things stick out in my mind.
We were the last to get there and the first to leave. This fact did not escape Butterfly’s notice and she was royally put out. She has so much fun playing with those girls. We’ve known each other since the kids were around 8 weeks old so they have really grown up together.
Tonight I volunteered at the MCPOM sale helping everyone set everything up. I was in the boy clothes section and met a few other twin mommies, both with boys very close in age to mine! There are a TON of good deals at this sale. I am excited to be there early. Things I have my eye on: a travel bed for someone on The Ultimate Road Trip 2009, shoes for the boys, swim diapers, several Little People sets, and of course, clothes. The clothes I will go through during the sale but I had to scope out the toys before hand.
I got a cute red shirt that says, “Got Multiples?” on it. Next year I’m seriously considering being on the committee that organizes the sale. Why? Because you get to shop FRIDAY night. Might be worth all the time to do it!
I had to laugh when I pulled into the parking lot because it looked like a car dealership. And the only thing they were selling was VANS. Rows and rows of VANS. I took our little beater car (named Beau) and it seemed very out of place.
I’m off to bed now so I can be sure and be up by 6am. I’ve got to feed the boys before I go, and I want to leave the house by 6:30am so I can be sure to be there on time to shop at 7am. Wish me luck!
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Back from the huge consignment sale. I got some super deals. All of this stuff only cost me 100 dollars! 2 heavy duty coats for the boys, one brown, one blue. 9 pairs of pants (oops, I meant to get 10…), 12 long sleeved long pant jumper outfits. Some with feet. 3 actual outfits. 3 long sleeved onsie shirts. 3 pairs of mittens (oops, I meant to put a pair back and never did). 3 winter hats (what is with me and odd number of things?!) but these winter hats are for next year. 2 of these hats have mittens that match them. 2 pairs of 6-9 month old soft shoes (score!!).
For Butterfly I got some nice things too although I didn’t think I would. Happy accident. 2 pairs of pants. 2 shirts and a pair of holiday red polar bear pjs. These pants and shirts are for the resource center where we paint and do crafty things. This way, I won’t care if they get stained. (Looking closer at the shirt, one already has paint on it. Perfect for what I need. And it was only a dollar!)
I went a little crazy in the toy section this time. Normally I don’t. But I went there first because there was not a huge crush of people and got some cool things. A book for Butterfly’s church bag. (My little pony look and find.) A birthday present for Butterfly’s BFF Vinny. (Leap pad book thing. He’s turning 5 and this will help him get into reading. It was a steal at 4 dollars!) Christmas presents include a play kitchen for Butterfly (I wasn’t going to do it but it was 3 dollars and it’s small and we should have some room in her room for it. Hopefully!), play food and dishes for the kitchen (2 dollars). See and stack blocks for the boys (2 dollars). And a Care Bear movie for Butterfly’s stocking (4 dollars).
I got almost everything on my list. I didn’t get any costumes (they were eh and people were swarming them so I didn’t get a great look). I didn’t get a new high chair which I may regret. (There was one that matched our old one for 40 dollars with all the toys and stuff. Kicking myself about that one a little!)
At the sale, the girl racks were all nicely spaced out. And the boy racks were so jammed together I had to lean into the clothes with my butt hanging out in the main isle to get to them. I’m sure there were some great deals that I missed in the back. I think they may need to move to a bigger venue next year because this one was to the gills JAMMED with baby stuff. I love going to this sale though because I get all of their clothes for a really good price. I can then afford to buy other things a little nicer. Like shoes and Sunday clothes and more toys for Christmas. I will probably volunteer at the next sale and sell some of the infant clothes that they boys never wore or only wore once. And a few odds and ends, a few toys and the like.
Now with these buys, all the clothes our friends have given us and the clothes I’ve bought Butterfly on sale, I think we are set for winter. Well, except shoes for Butterfly (ordered today), tights, socks for the boys, and a few other odds and ends. We are set for fall! So bring on the cold weather!
Oh, before I forget. There were 2 of these huge sales today. One by my moms of multiples group, and one by just moms in the area. I went to both back to back and let me tell you, the multiples one is MUCH nicer. Small space aside. The clothes are in better shape, they offer more, and it’s cheaper than the other one. So all you local gals, gear up for the end of March when they have it again. You better believe I will be there.
PS- Edited to add…here’s a look at the sale the night before. Tons of stuff!
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It’s that time of year again. The time where I wonder if Butterfly’s shorts can get any shorter. And I realize that all she has that fits her are sandals and it’s cold today! And do we have a jacket for her? Where? Does it still fit? This year I’ve added new thoughts to my clothes list. Mainly, all I have for these boys are summer clothes! I have no winter clothes! I have no socks that fit them! Arg!
Then I am saved. Saved because tomorrow is my moms of multiples mom’s group semi annual consignment sale. (Say that 5 times fast.) I am stoked because last sale I was still pregnant and was able to buy a bunch of big stuff for the boys for about 80 dollars. That I apparently didn’t blog about like I thought I did. But I did just go back and read all about the boys pregnancy. I talked about it a lot, huh?
Anyway, tomorrow morning bright and early I will be at the sale, enjoying the spoils of other people’s twins. Now, if only I could find some kind of pirate thing for BOTH boys there…