Thursday, October 8, 2015

Biggest Bang for Children Consignment

Consignment shops or consignment sales sell secondhand goods
for owners, with some sort of fee kickback for the sell. Most consigned goods
are normally priced a little higher than thrift stores but most always lower
than the original purchase price. Both sellers and buyers can win through
consignment markets. As a seller you can get rid of closet clutter for a
reasonable profit and as a buyer you are getting quality clothes for a
discounted price. A lot of consignment stores do specialize in name brand or
luxury  clothing, jewelry and
accessories, making it more appealing for both the seller and buyer. The seller
doesn’t have to give away a high end item and for someone who cannot afford a
luxury item new, buying consignment puts an item in an a realistic price range.

My recent experience with consignment was not in a store but
through a community sale benefitting a non-profit called The Eastern Prince
William Mothers of Multiples Club. The Club is organized to be of aid to
mothers of multiples with networking and support, and also fund towards
education, research and charitable purposes. The prices were comparable to local thrift stores and I felt good actually seeing the women who
were selling their items and knowing that it was helping local mothers.

This was also possibly the MOST organized I’ve ever seen a
secondhand sale. Everything was categorized, fully labeled, in bags, prices,
etc. It was amazing! And I lucked out because it was a rainy morning, that the
sell was not that busy yet and I didn’t feel like I had to fight for things. I
had the girl 18-24 month aisle all to myself and took my time picking what I
wanted out. Of course with full arms in about 20 minutes, I had to still
reexamine my picks with Willie at the checkout, but we still walked out with a
huge bag full of clothes for $50!! 18 items for $50 to be exact which averages
out to about $2.70 per item (1 jacket, 3 sweaters, 4 onesies, 3 pants, 2 skirt/dress, 3 pajamas, 1 pair of shoes, and one fitted crib sheet).

How to get your biggest bang for your buck?

  1. Look for jackets. The pink medium weight Oshkosh jacket was a great find at $8.
  2. Look for items still with tags or in original packaging (like the fitted crib sheet I found) = AMAZING 
  3. Look for full outfits. I got 5 full outfits for around $30!
  4. Pajamas. We love these easy zip up PJs and for $2-3/each, they were a deal from buying brand new at about $10 each. Buying secondhand  saved us over $21 for 3 pairs.
  5. Look for shoes. These adorable (brand new condition) Carter’s white toddler shoes were $4, which are normally $15 (70% savings!)

Some things to look out for:

  • Stains…yuck.
  • Socks are extremely hard to find in good condition. The bottoms just gross me out entirely.
  • Rips, tears, pulled fabric, missing buttons, and any imperfection that would make you unhappy with your purchase.

Support the recycling of clothes! Your baby grows way too
fast to splurge on new and it’s a great way to be GREEN!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Baby beach trip under $30

We are so excited to be heading to the Outer Banks for the
Fourth of July. This trip has meant so much to us over the years that it is fitting
that this will be our baby girl’s first trip to the beach. So this is a BIG
DEAL. We are a little nervous of all the things to pack, how to keep her cool,
safe, fed and most of all entertained for the long days we like to have at the
beach.

This weekend we were on a mission to take care of the entertainment
concern of the trip. Well…mission accomplished. We were able to beach prep for
under $30 at our local thrift store. You can spend $30 on two toys alone at the
conventional markets, so we were ecstatic with our finds. This way if they are
lost or ruined at the beach, we don’t have to worry about money wasted. I’m telling future parents now…this is one area you can save HUGE! Just
clean the toys off really well with children safe wipes or soap and you
have a practically new toy for your child. We also got a bath tub to make her a
safe sand/water play zone and an extra protective swim i play t-shirt (normally $15 alone) all included in
our $30 budget. Can’t wait!!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Our little girl’s nursery

Today I am 37 weeks pregnant. Ahh!! Time has absolutely
flown by!!! What an amazing journey it has been. I feel truly blessed to have
had such an amazing pregnancy that has allowed me to enjoy every moment and
kick along the way. I am definitely going to miss her in my tummy but excited
for our little bundle of joy to arrive.

After our two amazing baby showers hosted and attended by
 our incredible friends and family…We are finally complete with the
nursery and just waiting on the little girl to make her debut. Thank
you everyone again for the outpour of support and gifts. Willie and I are so
grateful to have you in our lives.

Here is the story behind my family inspired nursery:

We saved a TON on furniture!!

·        Our first item was my crib…YES my crib. My
remarkable mother of course was wishful thinking when she saved my crib,
highchair and all my favorite children’s books. Thanks mom!

·        Then we inherited the beautiful shabby chic kids
furniture set given to us from Willie’s family after his grandmothers passing.
She was an amazing lady and we are so lucky to have these beautiful furniture
pieces in our baby’s room that she can enjoy for many years. The dresser will
serve as the changing table and I found a perfect customized cover on Etsy that
has our last name initial on it (since we still haven’t decided on a baby
name…YES I know I’m running out of time, but it’s hard decision!).

·        Our only purchase was the glider and of course,
I found a bargain…Buy Buy Baby had a glider and ottoman floor model set that
was originally $800. We got it for $340 with the floor model discount and
additional 20% coupon! Go me! The beautiful pink Afghan blanket was knitted by Willie’s Aunt. So sweet!

 Décor:

·        First there was the debate on paint…From the
previous owner it was a dull sage green that I just found down right
boring…Willie on the other hand was determined that it was staying. Well after
2 months of debating…I finally got my way and it is now a rich pinkish grey and
I couldn’t be happier. Thanks mom for the full day of painting help J It definitely gave the
room a facelift and created the perfect backdrop for all the decorations to come!

·        The beautiful gold mirror and shelf is from
Willie’s grandmother. I topped it off with a photo frame I made that had our
ultrasound photos in it for my first mother’s day J

·        The amazing pallet artwork was created by
Willie’s cousin’s wife. It was the PERFECT accent above the crib and it was so
sweet of her to put the time and effort to making us a one of a kind piece of
art.

·        My best friend Kellie made the adorable
headband/bow holder that will definitely get tons of use with our little diva!!
What a great idea! I think she has more clothes and accessories then me already
HAHA!

·        The little dream catcher hanging from the
ceiling fan was a find from our recent California trip where we attended a reggae
festival (which was amazing!). Willie has a great deal of Cherokee in him, so I
thought it was very fitting J

·        The hutch holds must of the memories, with my
childhood books, book ends made by my grandfather and other knickknacks from grandparents. Then atop are my favorite
wooden animals. I still remember these being lined up against the window
overlooking the gorgeous pool in my grandparents’ home. For our little one
these are extremely special as they would have been hand carved by her
great-great grandfather and painted by her great grandmother. “Herman” was my
pet box turtle growing up so my grandmother thought the wooden turtle should
have a name J

The finishing touch will be photos above the changing table.
My great friend Heather, who is a professional photographer, gave us the gift
of newborn photos for our shower. I’m saving this spot to display these amazing
and super thoughtful photos she is taking VERY soon!!

Hope the nursery has inspired you to always keep family
items or anything that might mean something special to you one day (even if you
house is packed to the max like ours HAHA). I’m all about sentimental items
because they really do make your house a home and unique from anyone else!
Silly cats!! What I’m I going to do with her!