Director Jewels: Just Between Friends Overland Park Sale + My #BestDeal

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Just Between Friends Overland Park Sale + My #BestDeal

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Just Between Friends of Lee’s Summit and Overland Park. This program is in partnership with Real Mom Media.  All opinions are my own.

What do you do when you have one income, two kids, and a desire to dress those kids in cute fashions? There are a couple of options.

1) You overspend and end up in financial trouble.
2) You cart your kids around to thrift stores and garage sales and snag a piece here or there, but have endless wars about getting in and out of the car so much.
3) You shop at kid's consignment sales.

I choose to not lose all of my money or all of my sanity, and consistently go with option 3. Consignment sales are - to put it mildly - freaking awesome. Not only are they a magnificent way to recap some of your cost when your kids have outgrown their clothing and toys, they offer shoppers the chance to buy everything you could ever need for a child in one location. Most moms tend to shop for the upcoming season (which is why you'll find sales happening at the beginning of spring and fall), but you can also scour larger sizes and start a stash of items so that the financial burden of clothing your children is not so large as they age.

Kansas City moms, I'm here to tell you about a sale you don't want to miss.

Overland Park International Trade Center
Open to the public September 11-14

Thursday, September 11 - 9am to 8pm
Friday, September 12 - 9am to 8pm
Saturday, September 13 - 9am - 5pm
Sunday, September 14 (Half Price Day) - 9am - 5pm

Yesterday, I met up with a fantastic group of local bloggers for lunch and shopping, courtesy of Just Between Friends of Overland Park and Lees Summit. We had the chance to preview the Overland Park fall sale, and it is stuffed to overflowing with amazing deals for kids of all ages. I set out with a mission to find the #BestDeal at the sale - but I didn't have much of a plan. I have a decent stockpile of clothing for both kids for the upcoming season, and heaven knows neither of them actually needs any more toys.

So, my goal was just to find anything that I could not pass up.

I started off in the winter clothing section - yes, an entire section dedicated to just coats and snow apparel for kids! Lincoln loved the snow last winter and Addie is definitely going to be more interested than she was now that she can move a little better, so I know they're going to beg and plead with me to let them out in the snow this year. I found a pair of size 4/5 snow pants in like-new condition for $5. What a deal!

Honestly, I barely even scratched the surface of all the available clothing. I looked through some of the 2T and 3T clothing and found a few sweet dresses for Addie for this fall/winter. It can be very difficult to have restraint when you are shopping at a consignment sale because there are soooo many cute things - but the good news is, since you are saving money by shopping consignment, you can buy more than your budget might allow otherwise.

There is always an extreme abundance of toys. This sale was particularly nice because it was divided by toy type and/or character. There was a section of Little People (pictured above), Mickey Mouse, Disney Princess, Dora the Explorer, Thomas the Tank Engine, American Girl, and so many more. For those who head to a sale looking for a specific character, this means a whole lot less searching and digging - yay!

But, as at most sales, my favorite section was the books and educational materials. Maybe it's the former librarian in me, or the homeschooling planner - but either way, there's something about the draw of pre-loved books that gets me super excited. You just never know what you might find - like this Beauty & the Beast graphic novel for $1.00.

A graphic novel. Seriously!

And then, this really vintage The Story of Star Wars book for $1.50!

My husband was pretty excited when I showed this book to him.

For the kids, I found several really great titles to add to our library. Each of these titles were significantly under retail - the Usborne touchy-feely That's Not My Tractor was $1.50. If you don't already love Usborne, you should get yourself some, stat. My kids were obsessed with The Potty Train when we checked it out from the library (after I lifted our library book ban), and they love seek-and-find and lift-the-flap books, so the others were a no-brainer. We'll use the Christmas Little People book in our Christmas advent tradition this year.

By the time I was done shopping, I had gathered three giant bags full of amazing things to bring home with me. Definitely more than I had intended to purchase, but I have no regrets. I just may not be allowed at the next consignment sale since we definitely have everything we need for Christmas!

It's taken me a bit to decide what my #BestDeal from the Overland Park Just Between Friends sale was - in fact, I couldn't narrow it down to just one. So here are my four favorite finds!

Brain Quest Preschool - 2 sets - retail price $23.90, I paid $5.00.
Plush Disney Baby Lady - retail price $22.95, I paid $4.00.
Fireman Raincoat - retail price $33.61, I paid $7.00.
Usborne Road Trip Activity Cards - retail price $9.99, I paid $4.00.

That is a total of $90.45 retail items for just $20, a savings of 78%!

So....why are you not shopping consignment sales yet? Your excuses all just became completely invalid. Find your next local sale. And if you're in Kansas City, get to #JBFKC in Overland Park before the sale ends tomorrow!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Just Between Friends of Lee’s Summit and Overland Park. This program is in partnership with Real Mom Media.  All opinions are my own.
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  1. What a great find. Thank you for sharing. It's important for others to know where they can get stuff like this.

    1. I want everyone to quit paying retail and buy at consignment sales! It's so awesome.

  2. Those books look like they are in great condition.

  3. Wow you really did find some great deals! I don't think I've ever seen a sale like that around here.

    1. These consignment sales are the best! Definitely check around to see if you can find one.

  4. Wow, I wish we had a sale like that around here. Looks amazing and love the books you found!

    1. The books are my weakness! I spent so long looking through them!

  5. We have something similar in our area, I have yet had an opportunity to attend. I really want to go after seeing this.


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