First Baby Consignment Shopping Experience: A Success Story

It’s dipping into the 30’s for the second time tonight, so my husband Daniel built our first fire for this season in our wood burning stove. We were so excited to sit next to the fire with our cat, Abby. So I just had to capture the moment.

the battery in my external flash was dead, so pardon the over-exposure, poor quality. My editing skills are rusty.

I have been itching to do baby-related shopping; but for one reason or another, have put it off this whole time. My husband and I are both so hesitant when it comes to making purchases for our lil’ peanut (that’s what we call … it). I’m not sure why the hesitance. At any rate, this past weekend we decided to take one of my friends from work who is expecting her second child up on her offer to meet us at a consignment sale on Saturday morning. The sale took place in a middle school gym on the east side of town. The group who hosted and sponsored goes by MOPS or “Mothers of Preschoolers”. You might have heard of it. MOPS is a national not-for-profit organization divided into localized groups throughout the country consisting of, well, mothers of preschoolers (and younger). It’s a way for women of all backgrounds who have little ones to get together, have play dates, and be around other women they can identify with. Great concept.

What happens is every fall and spring season, local MOPS groups put together a sale comprised of items they no longer need or use, or never used to begin with. There are requirements in order for these items to be put up for sale. They may only be new or gently used, clean, not broken – in good overall condition. A school or church donates a large room for all the items to be set up and organized by category. The workers are all there on a volunteer basis. You pay a dollar at the door, which goes directly to MOPS, and then get to make your way at your own pace through the different areas they have set up including:

  • baby gear (car seats, strollers, high chairs, play mats, pack n’ plays, bouncers, swings, rocking chairs, etc.)
  • books, CDs and DVDs
  • shoes
  • TONS of clothing divided by age group and size, and including maternity
  • An infant section (positioners, bedding, blankets galore, bottles, food processors, food storage, socks, bibs, boppy pillows, infant carriers, breast pumps, diaper bags, stroller accessories, etc.) Can you tell this is where I spent a lot of my time?
  • And of course, toys sectioned by age (including a legit miniature Wilson golf set justlike my husband’s that he was so tempted to buy)

There are consignment shops or businesses, where you can get a good deal on children’s items, but they are still trying to make a profit off of their sales. These particular sales are not formatted to make a profit; but to help MOPS members clean our their basements and garages, raise money for their organization and mothers in need, and allow the public to buy items for a true bargain while supporting a good cause. It’s a win for all. And it’s a great resource if you know someone who cannot afford to buy things full-price or for business bargain prices.

Now, as future parents there are certain items my husband and I do not feel comfortable purchasing even gently used, but on Saturday we were able to find some great items we payed next to nothing for.

1. We were thrilled to purchase our first piece of nursery furniture: a rocking chair! The one we bought is identical to the picture, down to the lovely blue velvet cushions. It’s made of real oak, and is basically brand new. As soon as I sat in it I said “this is the one”. You see, I’m petite. Very rarely do I find a rocker, recliner – any furniture piece meant to be sat in – that I am comfortable in. We were unable to find a retail price online for this chair, but my husband says a quality piece of furniture like this probably goes for about $300. We bought ours for $40. $40! We didn’t even mind stuffing our used, honey tinted oak, petite-friendly rocker into my small 4-door car. I took the back seat gladly. Needless, to say, it will need some major overhaul including sanding, painting, and new cushions. We don’t mind any of these activities! Customizing is our thing. When the rocker is fully renovated I will post a before and after entry detailing the fun we had with it.

2. A random assortment of things we were planning to register for, but bought on consignment because they were just too good to pass by.

  • A Playtex Freezer-To-Go – $1
  • An Eddie Bauer stroller/pumpkin seat mosquito net -$1 (brand new)
  • One Step Ahead (12 ct)  baby food containers – $6 (brand new)
  • Green Sprouts (8 ct) Baby Food containers (that just happen to fit perfectly in the Freezer-To-Go) – $3

Success! Find your local MOPS group!

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