Winter Coats and Boots
When kids are young, these specialty items get very little wear and can look almost new the next season. I’ve found heavy winter coats, snow pants, and boots at 25-50% off their original prices. Look for good brands like Lands End and Columbia, and you should be able to pass them down to younger children or resell at a future sale.
You can’t beat the prices at consignment sales for Halloween costumes, and the selection is great if you’re looking for doubles or coordinating costumes for your twins or triplets. These are another item that are barely worn, but keep in mind that for preschoolers, it might be worth picking up a few extra costumes to stock a dress-up station at home. My girls kept these bunny costumes longer than they fit!
Holiday Tees & Formalwear
There’s no reason to spend top dollar on fancy dresses and suits that only come out for the winter holidays or are worn for a few hours for family portraits. Like the winter wear, you’ll find practically-new tops, dresses, ties and pants for boys in amazing condition since they’re only worn sparingly. I also like finding Halloween and Holiday tees for a few dollars compared to $8-15 new in the stores. Since they can only be worn for a few weeks around the holiday, I prefer not to pay full-price!
Large-Scale Baby Gear
No matter the season–fall or spring–consignment sales are the best place to find an assortment of low-priced baby gear like Exersaucers, high chairs, Pack & Plays, swings, strollers and more. At the beginning of the sale, you’ll find many of these in various conditions at every price range (some new sellers often overprice these items trying to recoup their expense). By shopping early, you can score the lower-priced gear in excellent condition. There is very little that you can’t buy used–a huge way to save money as a parent of multiples–but be sure to purchase your car seats new to be sure they meet current standards. You may also want to carry your smartphone with you to the sale to look up products on the CPSC Recall list.