Mark your calendars for these 13 kids consignment sales

The Encores Childrens Consignment sales are some of the biggest sales of the season.(Photo: Submitted Photo)

With three fast-growing grandbabies, I am more interested than ever in shopping at children‘s consignment sales, where you can pick up almost-new clothes, toys and equipment for babies, toddlers and children up to about age 12 at a fraction of the original costs.

I‘m talking about sleepers for $2 to $5 instead of $10 or $12; Easter outfits for $10 to $25 instead of $50 and $100; equipment like deluxe Pack ‘n Plays for $20 to $30 instead of $80 or more; and strollers for $10 to $150 instead of $30 to $300.

And no sales tax because these are not permanent retailers.

Yes, these pop-up sales that last a couple of days at various locations are worth putting on our spring calendars. Individual sellers price their own items so prices can be all over the place (which makes the shopping even more fun to me).

And a couple of the sales have adult clothing and household goods too, which makes me even happier as a shopper.

Here are the sale dates and websites for 13 tried-and-true spring/summer consignment sales that specialize in children‘s merchandise.

If you are a shopper, just show up, but know that the best merchandise at the best prices goes fast.

If you want to be a consignor, your best bet it to go to the sale websites for information ASAP, as consignment spots fill up fast too. Either way, there is a lot to like about these semiannual sales.

Encores and More‘s large 700-consignor Encores South children‘s sale is set for Feb. 11-18 in the former Piggly Wiggly store at 1022 Columbia Pike in Franklin. They also will have an adult clothing and household goods consignment sale Feb. 21-25 in the same location. www.encoresconsignment. (Encores also has a sale in Hendersonville and one in Murfreesboro. See details below.)

The Kidz Klozet sale runs Feb. 22-25 in the UAW Banquet Hall, 125 Stephen P. Yokich Parkway in Spring Hill, behind Food Lion. www.thekidzklozet.

Once Around the Block consignment sale is Feb. 22-24 at West End Community Church, 235 White Bridge Road. www.oncearoundtheblockkids.

Oak Hill School consignment sale runs Feb. 23-25 at the school‘s enrichment center on campus at 4815 Franklin Road. www.oakhillschool.org/consignment.

The 300-consignor Reruns are Fun children‘s and teen sale, which also has home goods and furniture and designer handbags, is set for Feb. 24-27 in Liberty Hall at the Factory at Franklin. www.rerunsarefunsale.

Brentwood United Methodist Church will have its sale March 3-4 at the church at 309 Franklin Road in Brentwood. or www.bumckidsale.

The kids consignment sale at Otter Creek Church is set for March 3-4 at the church, 409 Franklin Road, in Brentwood. ottercreeksale.

Hooked on Consignment‘s Sale is March 11-17, at 3216 Long Hollow Pike in Hendersonville. www.hookedonconsignment

The Consign and Co. consignment sale is March 7-11 at 1660 Middle Tennessee Blvd. in Murfreesboro (next to Fred‘s). This 6-year-old sale has more than 250 consignors and features baby, children, teen and adult clothing, as well as home decor and furniture. consignandco.

Little Sprouts upscale consignment sale is set for March 9-11 at 1022 Columbia Ave. in Franklin. www.littlesproutssale.

The Encores North sale, with 300 consignors, is March 8-11 in the Concentra Building in the Rivergate area behind Logan‘s Roadhouse. www.encoresconsignment.

Ladies of Charity spring and summer sale opens April 7 for six weeks at the shop at 2216 State St. The sale features clothing for the whole family, and proceeds help the needy..

Encores Murfreesboro is set for April 8-13 at 1660 Middle Tennessee Blvd. (Fred‘s Shopping Center) in Murfreesboro. www.encoresconsignment.

Reach Ms. Cheap at or mscheap. Follow her on Facebook at facebook/mscheap, and at Tennessean/mscheap, and on Twitter , and catch her every Thursday at 11 a.m. on WTVF-Channel 5’s “Talk of the Town.”

How to get in on the presales

You hear a lot about presales, in which certain people get to shop before the public sales open. There are several ways to get in on this: Volunteer as a sale worker for a shift or more to get the early shopping perk; be a consignor because consignors get to shop early; register as a new mom because many sales offer a presale perk to first-time moms and some even to first-time grandparents; or barter for early shopping privileges by trading services that range from cooking for the sale organizers to doing social media jobs to offering other services the sale needs.

Tips for shoppers

• The best time to shop is at the presales you‘re invited to join if you are a consignor or a volunteer. The next-best options are shopping early on opening day, when the selection is best, or on the half-price day at the end of the sales.

• Know what you are looking for, along with sizes and approximate retail prices. Some of these sales are huge and can be overwhelming, so it really helps if you know exactly what you need.

• Inspect everything to be sure there are no flaws and that you really want whatever it is. Most sales do not accept returns.

• Be prepared to stand in line. Although most of the sales are more efficient with checkout these days, many still have long checkout lines early in their sales.

• Compare prices. Not only should you have a way to check internet prices with your phone or iPad as you shop, but it is wise to compare the prices of identical items in the sale. Because consignors price their own items, prices can vary significantly.

• Bring a laundry basket or mesh shopping bag to carry your items as you shop.

• Some sales do not accept checks, others don‘t take credit cards, and some charge an extra dollar for credit card purchases. Good to know ahead.

MOST POPULAR STORIES

555 CONNECTCOMMENTEMAILMORERead or Share this story: http://tnne.ws/2kaP70h