I love an opportunity to get a deal, especially on “necessities” like clothes. I love quality and cute clothes for Isaac, but it is really hard to pay full price for kids clothes knowing how quickly he goes through them. So each fall and spring I head out to a few sales put on by local twin and multiples groups in our city. Back in the spring I detailed my process (here and here). In short, I always have a list and plan and budget. I like to spend under $100 for both sales combined, though I may increase that a bit as I start buying for the baby too.
This year I hoped to find some baby “gear” so I went to both sales as they opened.
Sale #1 was the Twin Sale put on by EHMOTC held a the Nagel Middle School in Anderson. I walked around pretty quickly, picked up some items then found a spot to take a closer look at each item. I look for stains, think of outfits, and decide if the the item is worth the cost.
Here is what I ended up with after the first sale:
- 3T Gap zip-up sweatshirt jacket
- 3T lined plaid jacket (really warm!)
- 3T Addidas track outfit
- 3T long-sleeved shirt
- 2T rust corduroy button up – Thanksgiving shirt!
- 3-6 mo. BabyGap sleeper (Similar to favorite of mine for Isaac as a baby. Super soft!)
- 0-3 mo. “All I Need is Love” long-sleeved onesie
- 3-6 mo. tie-die sleeper (looks never worn)
- Duck towel (I had been looking for this last spring before pool season)
- Car organizer for Isaac’s books and a few toys we leave in the car ($8.00 is a little pricey for a sale, but I had planned to buy something just like this! It was brand new.)
- Crib sheet in Navy
Total for Sale #1: $31.00 for 11 items.
Sale #2 was the following week across town at the Princeton Middle School put on by the Tristate Multiples Club. I was in line while it was still dark as I was hoping to find a bassinet/crib/pack ‘n play. Something for baby to sleep in until he is sleeping through the night. I did find some cute things, but didn’t manage to find gear. Boo.
- 3T Gap zip-up jacket. (I guess I really liked this item, I did not realize I jut bought one in a different color the week before!)
- 2T and 3T dressy button up (1 for Christmas outfit!)
- 3T PJs
- 4T PJs
- 4T polo (brand new!)
- 3-6 mo. Aden and Anais sleep sac
- 2 pair pants – 3 mos, 6 mos,
- 2 onesies – 3-6 mos
- 4 sleepers – 0-3 and 3-6 mos. (all long-sleeved for baby born in Feb)
- Rain boots – size 8. Isaac loves trying on my rain boots, I knew he would love to wear these around the house even if it doesn’t rain all that much.
- Fleece hat and gloves for Isaac
- 3 pairs of shoes for baby/toddler
- 3T winter coat for Isaac (a little big, but leaves room for winter clothes underneath)
I could not turn down this Thomas the Train carrying case for all my little man’s best buddies. I do not see us really carrying this out of the house, but for $3.50 I thought it was worth Isaac’s joy.
Total for Sale #2: $52.00 for 22 items.
So, I was disappointed that I did not find one piece of gear at either of the sales, but still very happy with everything that I got!
Grand total: $83 for 33 items.
Well under budget this season! Success.