Kids outgrow clothes so quickly that consignment sales are a great option to save money. (If you only pay $2 for a t-shirt, you don't really care when it meets the business end of a marker.)
Save on baby, kid and maternity clothing, as well as gear, toys and furniture, and/or unload the clothing and gear that your kid has outgrown. (Click on the links below for each sale to see consignment rules.)
Even if resale isn’t your game, the low prices make these sales worthwhile, especially for babies who can grow out of clothes in a month. But know that some moms take this very seriously. Plenty of diehards line-up early to get first pick. (There's not a lot of smiling at these events. It's all business. Know that before you go.) If you’re just in the market for clothes and toys, being an early bird isn’t that necessary because there is usually plenty to go around. But if you’re looking for a high chair, stroller, or the ever-coveted double stroller? Show up early because those items go first.
Bring a laundry basket to hold your goodies, the collapsible kind is best for your own convenience.
Bring cash. It’s the easiest and fastest way to pay, and the best way to stick to your budget.
Bring a cardboard cutout or foot measurements of your kid’s feet to check which resale shoes will fit.
Come with a list, because these sales can be overwhelming. Know what you need and in what sizes.
Bring your kid, if you can avoid it, unless it’s an infant in a sling. Kids aren’t allowed to play with toys at these sales and that’s hard to explain, let alone to enforce, while you’re shopping. Plus, it goes much faster without them.
Bring strollers, they usually aren’t allowed at the sales.
When: Thursday, Aug. 7 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Aug. 8 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Half price sale starts at 3 p.m.) and Saturday, Aug. 9 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Half price day).
Where: Hallmark Sports Club (10850 W. Laraway Rd., Frankfort)
Purchases: Cash and credit accepted.
Children’s Clothing & Toy Resale by Mothers & More of McHenry County
When: Saturday, August 9 from 8 a.m. to noon.
Where: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church (1023 S. McHenry Ave., Crystal Lake)
Admission: $1 or a food pantry item
Purchases: Cash only.
Other details: No strollers permitted; bring a laundry basket or shopping tote.
Lots for Tots Consignments
When: Friday, Aug. 14 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday Aug. 15 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the half-price sale on Sunday, Aug. 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Libertyville Sports Complex (1950 N. Hwy. 45, Libertyville)
Purchases: Cash, Visa, Mastercard and Discover accepted
Will County Mothers of Twins Club
When: Saturday, Aug. 23 from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Doors close at 11 and reopen at 11:30 a.m. for half price sale on pink tag items)
Where: Romeoville Recreation Center (900 W. Romeo Rd., Romeoville)
Admission: $1 cash
Other details: Bring a laundry basket; no strollers or wagons permitted.
Babies, Tots n More
When: Friday, Aug. 29 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 30 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Most items half off on Saturday)
Where: Lil’ Kickers (2640 W. Bradley Pl., Chicago)
Other details: Large tote bags provided (no outside bags permitted).
Step by Step PTA resale
When: Saturday, Sept. 13 from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.; half-price sale starts at 11:30 a.m. and runs until 2 p.m.
Where: DuPage County Fairgrounds (2015 Manchester Rd., Wheaton)
Bugaboo Children’s Consignment Sale
When: Friday Sept. 19 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday Sept. 20 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the half price sale.
Where: Kendall County Fairgrounds (Route 71 and E. Highpoint Rd, Yorkville)
Purchases: Cash and check accepted.
Other details: No large bags allowed; strollers checked on the way in. Cloth bags, rolling carts, and laundry baskets permitted for shopping.
Twice as Nice Mothers of Multiples
When: Saturday, Sept. 20 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Half price sale starts at noon)
Where: Park Ridge Presbyterian Church (1300 W. Crescent Ave., Park Ridge)
Other details: Bring box or laundry basket to shop; no strollers allowed.
Tri-Cities Mothers of Twins and Triplets Club
When: Saturday, Sept. 20 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. (The half price sale runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
Where: Mooseheart Field House (Rt. 31 and Mooseheart Rd., between North Aurora and Batavia)
Purchases: Cash or check only.
Other details: No laundry baskets or backpacks permitted, but wagons, strollers and large tote bags are allowed.
The Lake County Mother of Twins Sale
When: Saturday, Sept. 20 from 8 a.m. to noon.
Where: Round Lake Beach Cultural and Civic Center (2007 Civic Center Way., Round Lake Beach)
Rhea Lana's of West Chicagoland
When: Sunday, Sept. 21 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday, Sept. 22 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 23 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 24 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, Sept. 26 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 27 from 9 a.m. to noon (Half price sale)
Where: 1163 E. Ogden Ave., Naperville
Purchases: Cash or credit
Babies 2 Kidz
When: Friday, Sept. 25 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 27 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Most items half off on Sunday)
Where: Kane County Fairgrounds (525 S. Randall Rd., St. Charles)
Purchases: Cash and credit cards
Posh Tots Upscale Resale
When: Friday, Sept. 26 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 27 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday Sept. 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Location TBD
Park Ridge Newcomers Club Spring Kids Sale
When: Saturday, Sept. 27 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: St. Andrews Lutheran Church (260 N. Northwest Hwy., Park Ridge)
Admission: $2 cash
Purchases: Cash or credit card; minimum $50 purchase for credit cards. Sales tax charged on all purchases.
Other details: Bring a laundry basket to shop; no strollers or carts allowed.
Moms of Multiples
When: Saturday, Sept. 27 from 9 a.m. to noon.
Where: Unitarian Church of Evanston (1330 Ridge Ave., Evanston)
Purchases: Cash only
Other details: One laundry basket allowed; no strollers permitted
Highlands Clothing Exchange (for infant and preschool children)
When: Wednesday, Oct. 15, Thursday, Oct. 16, (Many items are half off)
Where: Grace United Methodist Church (300 E. Gartner Rd., Naperville)
Purchases: Cash and check only.
Millburn Kids Resale
When: Friday, Oct. 17 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m and Saturday, Oct. 18 from 8 p.m. to noon.
Where: Millburn West Middle School (640 Freedom Way, Lindenhurst)
Other details: No strollers
Church of the Nazarene: Children’s Clothing and Toy Resale
When: Saturday, Oct 18 from 9 a.m. to noon.
Where: Church Gym (12725 Bell Rd., Lemont)
Other details: One laundry basket allowed; no children or strollers permitted.
Here Whee Go Again North
When: Thursday, Nov. 20 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday Nov. 21 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday Nov. 22 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday Nov. 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Rt 12 and Rt 22., Lake Zurich
Admission: $5 for Thursday, otherwise free
Purchases: Cash or credit for purchases over $30
Dates Still TBD
Growing Cents of Style
When: Dates TBD
Where: 22N102 Pepper Rd., Lake Barrington
Purchases: Cash and Visa/Mastercard accepted
Other details: Bring your own bag.
Miraculous Multiples Mothers of Twins Club
Where: Huntley Park District (12015 Mill Street, Huntley)
Purchases: Cash or check accepted
Other details: Bring a laundry basket; no strollers permitted.
Where: Grundy County Fairgrounds (8890 Route 47, Morris)
Purchases: Cash, credit, and check.
Rebecca Little, a native Chicagoan, loves discovering new ways to keep her two very active boys entertained lest they resort to spackling heirloom furniture or flushing toy trains down the toilet - not that those are real examples. Follow her at PinwheelChicago.com.
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