Successful consignment shopping takes a game plan

Successful consignment shopping takes a game plan

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Many deals found at consignment sales in East Tennessee can save you as much as 90 percent off everyday items for your family. Many deals found at consignment sales in East Tennessee can save you as much as 90 percent off everyday items for your family.
Knoxville mom Melissa Cox (right) shows Good Morning Tennessee anchor Tearsa Smith how to come out a consignment winner. Knoxville mom Melissa Cox (right) shows Good Morning Tennessee anchor Tearsa Smith how to come out a consignment winner.

By TEARSA SMITH
6 News Anchor/Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Hitting up consignment sales is the new hot thing for many parents.

For some, however, the thought of tackling a warehouse full of baby and kids items, plus fighting through lines and crowds, can be too much.

With the help of Knoxville mom Melissa Cox, who writes a money saving blog called Frugalissa Finds, we decided to show you how to come out a consignment winner.

Many deals found at consignment sales in East Tennessee can save you as much as 90 percent off everyday items for your family.

Cox says the key is to have a plan what will help you get everything on your list.

First, she says, take inventory of what you need before you leave the house. Prioritize your list.

Then shop early in the day when items have just been put out for sale. This will help you get the items in the best condition and at the cheapest price.

Consigners put their items for sale at a price they think is best. Those prices can be very different for the same item.

"I am always shopping the first available time. So I basically get the best pick of everything," Cox said. "These Mega Blocks are four dollars. These are six and then there is a Mega Blocks for seven. Well, I am going to grab the four dollar one."

Keep in mind consignment shopping isn't like what you are used to.

"Always bring a big bag or a cart," Cox said, "because obviously I can't carry everything with my hands or arms. You are going to see people with laundry baskets, rolling carts. Laundry baskets being pulled with a belt."

When shopping for her kids' shoes, Cox uses a neat trick because her children never come with her to these types of sales.

"I always trace my children's feet because obviously they are not with me," she said. "Every shoe size is different, different brands."

Cox advises you to do the same. Leave the kids at home so you can focus. They won't get tired and cause you to end your shopping early.

Because returns are not allowed in consignment shopping, you have your purchase right the first time.

"I have started measuring the inseam of their pants that fit them at home and then I know when I am coming here they need to be the right length," Cox said.

Take a family member or friend with you and tag team. The checkout lines can be very long, but with a partner standing in line or spreading out to find the items you want you can reduce your time.

Many consignment sales have a half-off day on the last day of the event. You can use that time to pick up at half the price anything you were on the fence about.

For more on local savings and deals, check out Frugalissa Finds.

For information on how to find local consignment sales, visit Consignment Mommies.

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