Twice a year where I live there is a sale called “Bellies, Babies & Beyond.” It’s not exactly a consignment sale – at least it’s not like the mega-sales everyone else seems to have access to. This is more like a flea market with a bunch of different kid-themed-booths packed into the gym of a high school. Like a bunch of mini yard sales all in the same location – everyone selling their own stuff, marked with their own pricing. You can haggle if you’re so inclined. It’s a fund raiser for a local school. The folks selling their stuff have to pay a fee, and there is a $2 admission at the door. It only runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and it’s usually packed. Anyway, as a bargain lover I always look forward to it, and was there shortly after they opened the doors, two kids in tow (while my husband was at work). Here’s what we (my son, mostly) found:
Toys! Handy Manny’s toolbox was $3. Mac with trailer was $1. Bob the Builder toy $1. Dinosaur Little People (5 piece) set $1.50. Robot from Toy Story $1. Princess Fiona $0.25. A character from Kung Fu Panda was free. These were all things my son picked out. The tool box and Mac he will probably get to keep. The Bob the Builder toy, dinosaurs, and robot will probably eventually go into some toy lots that I am building up (but he’ll have fun playing with them in the meantime).
Footy pajamas, 4T, $1 each. I buy almost all of my kids clothes from yard sales, but for some reason PJs are the one thing I don’t always find enough of. My son really seems to like the one pair of footy pajamas he has right now, so I was happy to find these.
A skunk costume! Size 6-9 months, $3. I was keeping an eye out, trying to find something for the baby. This one won me over – on the back side it says “little stinker” which I thought was really cute (it’s hard to see in the picture). Plus, I don’t see a lot of (any?) skunk costumes, which might make it easier to re-sell next year.
$20 $18. I looked at this a couple times as I was walking around (I usually make at least a couple laps through the gym – it’s so much to take in, it’s easy to miss things.) We already have an Exersaucer for the little one, and $18 isn’t super cheap, but when I would look at it I saw money hanging off of it. It has lots of Switch A Roos, and nice ones. (I bought an Exersaucer for $5 at a yard sale this summer and pieced it out and made a decent profit.) I actually like this one so much I may get rid of the one we already have, and hold on to this one until my son outgrows it. It was priced at $20, but after I handed the seller a $20, she said she’d give me a discount and handed a couple dollars back. Who am I to argue that? And then, being even nicer, she abandoned her booth and carried it out to my car for me! (She could tell it would be a bit of a challenge for me because I had a bag of goodies over one arm, a baby strapped to my chest, and a three-year-old to keep track of.) That’s customer service!
After the big sale we stopped at one church rummage sale that we had passed on our drive over. I bought a Blues Clues wheeled suitcase (50 cents), some Winnie the Pooh dollhouse furniture (50 cents), Sorry (75 cents), Chip and Dale train car (ten cents and kept my son entertained the entire time we were there – great investment!) I will try to resell the suitcase and Pooh furniture.