The other night I got invited to the pre-sale of the Annapolis Wee-Sale. If you haven’t been to a wee-sale or similar large scale consignment event, they can be a bit overwhelming. I brought hubs, we had a small list of things we were looking for, and we attacked the sale with promises of me taking him for a nightcap when we were done. Here are some tips to attacking a consignment sale of this size, and a preview of all the amazing things you can find.
Step 1: Walk in. Get a sense of what’s there. We stopped by the Wee Sale on the Eastern Shore last fall and came out with a couple of books and a Pottery Barn crib sheet (one of the super soft chamois ones!) for like $10 total. Though I had heard the Annapolis one (the original) was the biggest, I had no idea really what to expect.
Step 2: Assess what you want to look for. I walked all the way around the gym and got an idea what they had. We didn’t need any of the large baby gear, but had we not gotten so many hand me downs, it’s a great place to buy a bouncer, swing, or chair for baby. We were specifically looking for a crib skirt, a bag for Adam (he said mine was too girly, I disagree – I got the Skip Hop Versa and LOVE it), a baby monitor (preferably video) and some bassinet sheets.
Step 3: Attack. Be ready to plow through piles upon piles of stuff. Seriously, we went through three whole stacked up, crib bedding just thrown on there tables to see if we could find a crib skirt. Alas, we did not (mostly because I’m a bit picky) but they did have some great stuff and deals.
Step 4: Bring Cash. The line moves much, much faster if you have cash to check out, be prepared to wait either way, we had a good 30-45 minute wait before we got out of there. Thankfully, the whole shebang is incredibly well organized and efficient. Not to mention the volunteers are amazing and super helpful!
So…what did we find??
Some more practical items – though no crib skirt, we did find a changing pad, a diaper bag for Adam, another crib sheet, and a monitor.
We also managed to find some bassinet sheets ($4), some onesies ($3) because you can never have too many white onesies, and a few Berenstein Bears books ($4) (which were favorites of both Adam and myself).
Total value: ~$250
Total spent: $37
The biggest finds were the Dad Gear bag (not the diaper dude bag, I got them mixed up and didn’t want to redo the whole image) which Adam had previously wanted when we were setting up our registries but I told him an $80 diaper bag was completely unreasonable. Paying $5 for it? That’s okay. The Skip Hop changing pad which is of really great quality for $6 – about 1/5 of the price is totally an amazing find, and who doesn’t love to find deeply discounted Pottery Barn goodies? I do.
The wee-sale is currently going on through Sunday at the Pip Moyer Truxton Park Rec Center during the following hours: Friday 9-7; Saturday 9-5; and Sunday (50% off day) 9-2p. Parking is limited so car pooling is recommended.
If you’re in the Annapolis/Baltimore area, I HIGHLY recommend checking this shin dig out. They also have a wee-sale on the Eastern Shore in the Fall, and in PG County in April. If you can’t make this one, those ones are also worth checking out!
FTC Disclosure: I was invited to the pre-sale Wednesday evening in exchange for blogging about my finds. I was not compensated for this review, and all thoughts are my own. Not to mention everything blogged about was paid for by me with no further special discounts.