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The goal should always be to save money. You work hard every day, and you should want to keep as much of that paycheck in your own hands. If you have children, you know what a huge expense it is for the cute little buggers. And they won’t stop growing! One way to help offset the cost of clothing for our children would be to consider buying from consignment stores.

Consignment stores are very popular these days. People bring items into the store, which could range from clothing, toys, household items or furniture. Then, once the item sells, the store keeps a percentage, and the other percentage goes back to the person who brought in the item. It depends on the consignment store and what they wish to sell. Each one is different and has their own rules and list of what is acceptable to bring. The great thing about our consignment stores around here, is that I feel they are very picky with what they sell. They do not accept stains, rips, broken items. You can walk into any one of these places knowing that you are getting a gently used product, and save a bundle of money while doing it.

We are very fortunate to have many different consignment stores and sales around our region.

Visit different ones, and choose your favorites. Many of them have Facebook pages, and update items for sale with pictures included. Some of my favorites are below:

  • Kids Closet Consignment, 4 S. Western Ave., Glens Falls, 518-636-5564. This store has a great selection of children’s clothing, toys and supplies, such as high chairs, and swings.
  • Cuddle Bugs Consignment Boutique, 1433 Saratoga Road, Fort Edward 528-761-000. This place has a great play area for children of all ages as well. Go to shop and stay to play!
  • Kids Exchange Consignment Sale, Annual Mega Sale, May 11, 2019, Chase Sports Complex, South Glens Falls. This sale attracts many families from all around. It sells anything you can think of for your children. Clothes, bottles, bibs, pack and plays, bikes, cribs and more. The sale is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., closing 12:30 to 1 p.m. to mark certain items down to 50 percent off from 1 to 3 p.m.

If you are looking for adult items for sale, you will want to check out Finders Keepers Consignments, LLC. This is a great place, located at 206 Glen St., Glens Falls. They have a great selection, including everyday wear, shoes, jewelry, formal wear and more.

Looking for a prom gown or wedding dress? Check them out. You could easily save hundreds of dollars, and support a local small business.

As a mom, I always bought on consignment, or had other moms that would give me hand me downs. This works out great when your children are small. As you know, they get dirty, grow quickly and need new items often. This is a great way to spend less and get more!

In my class at The Post-Star, I go into detail about using coupons, saving money, finding monthly deals and how it will benefit your family. We are in the process of planning the classes upcoming dates. Feel free to call 518-742-3309, or go to poststar.com/couponclass for more information.

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Kimberly Butler is a mom, wife and child care provider located in Queensbury and writes a weekly column for The Post-Star. Write to her at kimberlybutlerthepoststar@gmail.com.

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