Monday, March 28, 2016

28 weeks: Tips for Consignment Shopping

Boom! and just like that I am in my third trimester. I don't consider this the final leg though, I like to say I'm only halfway through my process.

Most people consider pregnancy to be 3 trimesters but I am definitely of the opinion that there are really 4. Each trimester is 12 weeks long and after delivering your baby there are still so many things to go through on the other side of that special day. 12 weeks of hormones regulating themselves, 12 weeks of the body healing from labor and delivery, 12 weeks to get into a good breastfeeding relationship with your baby, and 12 weeks for you to truly start feeling "unpregnant". At the end of that, if you're lucky, your baby might start sleeping 6 hours or longer at a time. I'm hear to say sleep deprivation is also a huge symptom to weather through and affects everything I listed above. So YAY me for getting to the halfway point!!!...sigh!

How Are You Feeling?
Amazingly....great? I've got energy, I've got a game plan for nesting, I'm wrapping up my last session of Yoga, I'm feeling good, Hallelujah! I thought this was going to happen in my 2nd trimester but every pregnancy is different so I'm just going with it.

So Drama Mama Where's the Drama?
I was the music teacher for my PMO's spring break camp. So good thing I had all that energy. Leading 45 kids under age 5 in 20 minutes of singing and dancing took a lot out of me. I wish I had pictures of me doing the "Jesus Hokey Pokey" with my pregnant belly...or maybe I don't.

How's the Toddler?
She is totally 2! Tantrums, triumphs and all. She is learning new words and skills it seems like everyday and with that has come a growth spurt. Within a week it seems that she has grown out of ALL of her 18 month clothing, and the weather has starting getting consistently warm. So there was a little panic, but not to worry spring consignment sales are taking place. I LOVE, kids consignment sales, I always hit up a couple of them in the spring and the fall. This year I tried a new sale:

Tykes, Tots and Teens: B-

I went to the Conyers location. It's in one of the pavilions at the Georgia International Horse Park.

Cons:  SUPER crowded, far drive, smells like horses(duh), dim lighting, bathroom in another building, a little warm inside.

Pros: Happy and helpful staff, HUGE HUGE HUGE selection, very well organized, lots of places to sort your purchases, which is a great thing, almost overwhelming amount of merchandise (no way I could have gotten through it all).

Tips for Consignment Shopping:
1. Take a buddy: forget going by yourself. Between the amount of merchandise to get through, the crowds, the bathroom being in another building, and standing in long lines you'll be happy to have someone with you. Especially if you're pregnant and/or have your littles with you.

2. Go during a slow time: So obviously I picked the wrong time to go. The Friday of 1/2 price day was not a good choice but unfortunately the only time I could go. For this particular sale 1/2 price day started on Thursday. I would venture a guess and say the crowds weren't as bad. Think long lines and lots of other people all trying to shop for the very thing you came in for. If you're like me I like to go slow, meander, consider my purchases and I felt the pressure to get done quickly because I could see the line for check out growing.

3. Bring a bag, cart, or wagon: Some sales issue Ikea bags, laundry baskets or something similiar to hold your purchases but it's always helpful to bring your own. I've seen people with wagons, beach carts, utility carts and of course the good old baby stroller. Of course it depends on how much you plan to purchase but if you have a long list having an extra place to hold your treasures until you are ready to sort is definitely a good idea.

4. Take a snack and water: You'll need one for you and your kids. I got overheated and Pud' definitely needed a snack halfway through (good thing my Buddy was able to see about her while I continued to shop). Staying hydrated will keep you going and focused. You don't want to make a crazy purchase, spend more than you planned, just walk away because you're hot and tired, or worse yet end up on the floor with the paramedics attending to you (THAT WAS AT ANOTHER CONSIGNMENT SALE, though).
Sorting through Pud's clothes. To keep and
what to put back.....THAT is the question.

5. Plan for at least 2.5 hours: On my "to-purchase" list was:

  • a spring-summer wardrobe for my 2 year old
  • shoes 
  • a few maternity tops
  • outdoor toys 
  • and possibly a second carseat. 
That was A LOT to shop for in one outing. I did manage to walk through all sections but I only had the energy to shop for my toddler's clothes and shoes.

Sifting through rows and rows of clothes, sorting and deciding what to keep, then standing on a long line, and we were well into Pud's lunch and naptime when we got done.

It would have been nice to leave my Little at home, or arrange for a sitter but it just didn't happen that day. Going back to this sale I would try and trade off with another mommy buddy next time. One person have playtime and snack outside with the kids for a few hours and then switch off with a friend. So everybody gets to shop in peace.

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