Two weekends ago I randomly found out about a kids' resale event that was being held at my mom's church called KidStuff Resale, run by Moms of McHenry County. I checked out the Facebook page for the event and it seemed like it might be worthwhile, so I asked Anthony if he wanted to check it out. He's been talking about getting some more toys for Little Man, and we were in desperate need of 9+ month clothes, so we decided it might be worth it.
For us, it ended up ticking all the boxes. We were able to get gently used (and some brand new!) clothes, shoes, and toys. We spent a fraction of what we would have buying these things new at Target or Walmart, and we were able to pick up a lot of things. I'll highlight some of the great finds below.
We're Used to Used.
Now, as things go, our kid has a ton of hand-me-downs. Half of his clothes have been secondhand since the minute he came home. A friend of Anthony's sister dropped off huge garbage bags of both girls' and boys' clothes when I was still pregnant, and we went through it all to keep what we wanted, then donated the rest. As Little Man has gotten bigger I've pulled the boxes out and swapped out the clothes that no longer fit him for these "new" outfits. Some of it isn't seasonally appropriate, but most of it has been stuff we can use.
Don't get me wrong, this kid has plenty of stuff that's brand-spanking new. I had a two of the most gifted baby showers ever (my aunt told me she's never seen so many gifts as at the shower my mom threw), so everything from car seats to pack-and-plays to exersaucers and walkers were out-of-the-box-have-to-be-assembled new. Which has been awesome. But we're practical as well, and finding out about this resale was perfect timing as we're looking towards 9+ month everything.
With that said, we've gotten oodles of toys from friends. I had a friend from work give us a stand up piano. Another friend gave us a huge haul that included toys to enhance motor skills, stacking blocks, carseat toys, etc...in addition to the high chair that I was actually picking up from her, and the changing table I repainted when I was pregnant.
I say this so everyone knows we're no strangers to secondhand stuff. And for kids it makes sense. They grow so quickly (physically and mentally) that it's a constant trick of parenting to keep them clothed and entertained. *Cue the next 18 years of my life, at least.* We've gone from needing toys that simply make sound or light up, to toys that "teach" something, whether it's a color or an animal to some kind of coordination.
Unintentional upside: Every toy for the child is a toy for the cat, too. No joke!
For some people, resales aren't their thing, and that's cool. If you don't like to go to Goodwill or consignment shops, you probably are not going to like a sale like this. There are some new outfits with tags attached. We bought some of them. But be aware that they're about the same price that you'd pay on clearance for them.
A friend of mine also commented on my Insta post and said she'd never had much luck at this particular sale for her kids. I can totally understand that, since it seems most of what's available is seasonal. If we hadn't been looking for cooler/cold weather outfits (see bullet list below) this might not have been as beneficial for us.
We went in with a plan.
Anthony and I weren't looking to spend money all willy-nilly. There are specific things we've been saying Little Man needs, and it was our intention to purchase those things. We were looking for the following:
- Stand up/walker toy(s)
- An all-in-one sports toy (Anthony has been dying to get him a baseball/basketball/football one)
- 9 and 12 month sweatshirts
- 9-18 month onesies, short-sleeves
- Pants, especially black and grey
- 9-18 month tshirts (mostly short sleeved)
- Shoes (now - 18ish months)
- My mom also asked us to look for an umbrella stroller to keep at her house.
What We Brought Home
Not pictured: The cute spaceship umbrella stroller we found for my mom, and a few outfits she purchased.
Here were the clothes and shoes we picked up:
Here were the clothes and shoes we picked up:
|Lots of shirts and pants, and some other tidbits. Those boots you see in the back were a steal...brand new and only $6! They'll fit this winter too!|
|This stand and walk music thing: $10|
|The exact 3-in-1 sports thing that Anthony wanted to get from Target (it came with balls that the cat immediately started playing with...so those are somewhere...): $5|
|This weird little ball that rolls around by itself (and doubles as a cat toy): $2|
Here are some of the true clothing "steals" we found:
|THREE pairs of pants for $1. ONE DOLLAR!!|
|$5 for 5 tags-on Carter's onesies!|
|$1 for these three shirts...fyi a new pack is like $10-12|
|Anthony is all about cute sports gear. This one was $1.|
|I could not resist these pjs: $5|
|This was the most expensive outfit...$8 for a brand new Carter's onesie!|
|A mustache onesie! Kiddo is wearing this one as we speak ;) $3|
|This cute little bomber jacket: $5|
|Adorable sweats with teddies on them...again I couldn't resist. $1|
I have to admit, I kind of assumed going in that this thing would be fairly unorganized, so I was pleasantly surprised when we got there. Aside from some of the clothes being in the wrong age/size section, things were very well organized.
Entry Fee: The event cost $1 to enter (so a whopping $2 for us).
Bring a bag: You must provide your own bag or basket to carry items in. I just took a large reusable shopping bag.
Tender accepted: Cash, debit, major credit cards, checks (with ID).
Sections: Strollers, large toys, small toys, crafts, books, back to school, shoes, clothing.
Large Item Holding: This was handy, as we grabbed a few larger items. Each large item had a sticker on it with a number, and that number and sticker color corresponded to a wristband that they gave you when the item was placed in holding. You then picked it up on your way to checkout.
Checkout: Checkout was smooth sailing for us. There were 8 "registers" (laptops equipped with hand scanners), each with 2 volunteers. One volunteer took thing off the hanger/bagged them up for you, the other scanned each item and ensured the price on the register matched the tag. It was an efficient process and only took about 5 minutes for us.
Discount Hour: The last hour of the sale was a discount hour. They have everyone checkout or exit, all hold items are put back on the floor, and any item with "Discount" on the tag is half price. We did not stay for this - but it sounds like the line outside was VERY long prior to the discount hour, so I'm assuming it was slightly more chaotic.
Overall, we felt the event was worth it for our needs. There seemed to be a greater selection of infant clothes, which isn't surprising since an infant will only wear an outfit a handful of times before they outgrow it.
For bigger items - namely toys and winter clothes - this was very helpful for us. We spent a fraction of what we would have on these items had we bought them new. We will definitely be going back!