Fall consignment sale season up and running so get
those laundry baskets ready.
Consignment sales are a great way to save on
everything from kid clothes and toys to baby gear and
Even if resale isn't usually your game, low prices
make these sales worthwhile. Know before you go that some moms take
this very seriously and plenty of diehards line-up early to get
first pick. If you're just in the market for clothes and toys,
being an early bird isn't that necessary because there's 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,
collapsible kind is best for your own
-Bring cash. It's the easiest and fastest way to
pay. It's also the best way to stick to your budget.
- Bring a cardboard cutout or foot measurements of
your kid's feet to make sure resale shoes will fit before you
-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 are not
Below is a roundup of upcoming fall sales. Happy
Children's Consignment Sale
When: Friday, Sept. 27, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.,
Saturday, Sept. 28, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the half price
Where: Kendall County Fairgrounds (Route 71 and
East Highpoint Road, Yorkville)
Purchases: Cash, check and credit
Other details: No large bags allowed; strollers
checked on the way in. Cloth bags, rolling carts, and laundry
baskets permitted for shopping.
Park Ridge Newcomers Club Spring Kids Sale
When: Saturday, Sept. 28 from 9:30 a.m. to 1
Where: St. Andrews Lutheran Church (260 N.
Northwest Hwy., Park Ridge)
Admission: $2 cash (free from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30
Purchases: Cash or credit card; minimum $50
purchase for credit cards. Sales tax charged on all
Other details: Bring a laundry basket to shop; no
strollers or carts allowed.
Growing Cents of
When: Saturday, Sept. 28, from 9 a.m.
to 4 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 29, from 10 a.m. to 2
Where: Location TBD - check website for
Purchases: Cash and credit accepted
Other details: Bring your own bag.
Tots n More
When: Saturday, Sept.. 28 from 8:30
a.m to 11:30 a.m., reopen from noon to 2 p.m. when most items will
be half off.
Where: 9848 S. Winchester St., Chicago
Other details: Large tote bags provided (no outside
The Lake County Mother of Twins
When: Saturday, Oct. 5, from 8 a.m. to
Where: Round Lake Beach Cultural and Civic Center
(2007 Civic Center Way, Round Lake Beach)
Purchases: Cash and credit cards
Other details: No strollers allowed.
When: Saturday, Oct. 12, from 9 a.m. to
Where: Unitarian Church of Evanston (1330 Ridge
Purchases: Cash only
Other details: One laundry basket allowed; no
Here Whee Go
When: Thursday, Oct. 17, from 6 p.m.
to 9 p.m., Friday, Oct. 18 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.,
Saturday, Oct. 19, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday Oct.
20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (half price
Where: North Lake Commons Center (291 S. Rand Road,
Admission: $5 for Thursday, otherwise
Purchases: Cash or credit for purchases over
Winnetka Community House
Fall Rummage Sale
When: Saturday, Oct. 26, from 8 a.m.
to 2 p.m.
Where: Winnetka Community House (620 Lincoln Ave.,
Other details: New and gently used kids and adult
clothing, housewares, toys, books and more.
When: Thursday, Nov. 14, from 6 p.m.
to 9 p.m., Friday, Nov. 15, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.,
Saturday, Nov. 16, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday,
Nov. 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (half price
Where: Crossroads Shopping Center (229 Skokie
Valley Road, Highland Park)
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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