With four kids, resale is my jam. It’s especially useful for those items you have to buy – spare clothes, spare shoes – that your child won’t use, or rarely use, but you need to send to school. It can also be a great place to pick up books, toys, and games to refresh your stash before the holiday season starts.
A couple of tips for resale events:
- Although you may bring your children (unless posted), I find it difficult to shop with them underfoot. With tables and tables of toys, it’s next to impossible to have them try on a raincoat. I sometimes bring them along to pick out one toy and then have my husband whisk them away so I can power shop.
- Before you go, verify your kids’ clothing sizes…including shoe size. A trick I learned: trace your child’s foot on paper and cut around the shape. Bring the cutout with you. Slip it inside shoes to see if the shoes will fit.
- Bring a list of items to look for: that game you don’t want to buy at full price, dress shoes, snow pants, a rain jacket, etc. Some events are pretty crowded and it’s easier if you have a game plan beforehand.
Fall Resale Events in McHenry County
Please note that events are listed chronologically. Each event has its own rules and many only take cash or charge admission. Please be sure to look at each specific event’s criteria before heading out. Note: Most, if not all, events will not have cribs or car seats for sale.
Growing Cents of Style
Canlan Sportsplex, 28156 W. Northpointe Pkwy., Lake Barrington
20 Sept., 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. (New and expecting moms presale for no fee. Register in advance.)
21 Sept., 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
22 Sept., 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
This sale has name brand clothing only. They will also have vendors. Bring your own bags (those large Ikea bags work nicely). Strollers are not allowed. No admission fee. Credit cards or cash accepted (no checks).
Double Love Children’s Resale
St. Johns Lutheran School, 109 N. Spring St., Elgin
21 Sept. 8:30 a.m. – Noon
Clothing and accessories for infants through teens. Maternity, baby gear, Halloween costumes, holiday outfits and more. $1 admission fee, cash, and credit only.
Just Between Friends Schaumburg
Soccer City Indoor Sports Facility, 545 S Consumers Ave., Palatine
2 Oct., 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. *Invitation Only* (New parents, teachers, military: click here for tickets)
3 Oct., 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. (Click here for your free pass) Free ticket or $3 at the door
4 Oct., 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 pm. – Free admission no ticket needed
5 Oct., 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 pm. – Free admission no ticket needed
They are happy to accept cash, debit cards, Visa, Mastercard or Discover credit cards for payment. FREE parking & admission available at the location!
Did we miss your favorite resale/consignment shop or sale? Tell us in the comments!
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