Monday, March 3, 2008

The Consignment Sale

The big multiples consignment sale was on Saturday morning. Billy, Winnie, and I spent the night at Mems' house on Friday night because the sale was at a church out in that direction. We were able to spend some time with Mems and sleep in a little longer than we would have if we were coming from home.

We arrived at the sale around 7:45 a.m. I had signed up for the group that was putting on the sale so that we could get in earlier (8, instead of 9:30). I picked up my membership card and got in line. Yes, there was already a huge line of people waiting to get in when we got there! Billy looked around and said that all of the moms had crazy looks in their eyes. There were only 3 or 4 dads there. We started wondering if the people in line would run in screaming and pushing when the doors opened. We had all of these visions of consignment sale craziness!

The event was very well organized. They had people handing out maps to everyone in line to show how all of the sale items were laid out. They had everything you could imagine from shoes and clothes to strollers, cribs, gliders, and car seats. We decided that our strategy would be to head over to the large equipment area first to see if we could find our triplet stroller and/or the feeding table. No luck on the table, but they did have the triplet stroller that I have listed on this page, but it was the one compatible with the Evenflo car seat, instead of the Graco. At least we were able to see what it looked like. The thing was so long! We discovered that we should also get some toddler seats to snap in once the kids are no longer in the car seats so I'm adding that to my registry.

We ended up wandering around aimlessly a lot after that. We looked at a bunch of stuff and compared prices that we would have paid for the items new at Babies R Us. We learned that whatever we did not get from our baby showers, we would buy at the next sale in August because the prices were so good. They had pack and plays for $20, boppy pillows with covers for $8, and car seats for $25. If you've bought these items new at Babies R Us, you pay about $100+, $35, and $100+, respectively. We did buy one item: a Baby Bjorn baby carrier. It was only $18 and would have been at least 3 times that price at Babies R Us. We figure that when we're together, we can use a double carrier and a single, because a triple baby carrier is just too much. I don't think I could dangle 3 kids off of me.

When we went to check out, we were chastised for only buying one item. Most of the women there brought laundry baskets and were filling them with merchandise. Other folks raced right in and got the double strollers and loaded those up with more stuff that they were pushing around. Billy told the women at the checkout that this was our first sale, and we were attending for "educational purposes." We just needed a feel for what is out there. Luckily, one of the women at the checkout recommended that we join Atlanta Triplets and More. She said we would have better luck finding triplet-specific second-hand items with them.

We were going to visit the triplet family after the sale, but the girls came down with the flu, and I can't be exposed to that. We are going to reschedule with them, and I'm sure I'll have plenty to write about after that.

Instead of crazy triplet time, we took Winnie to play at the dog park after the sale. That was crazy enough. When we walked up to the park, all of the dogs were just kind of hanging around sniffing each other. We opened the gate for Winnie, and she charged in full speed. She started running from one end of the park to the other, and all of the dogs started chasing her back and forth. It was hilarious. All of the owners were thanking us for bringing her because she was the only one who would wear out the others. She is such a nut! She was filthy after that so we went straight to the doggy wash to get her cleaned up. She slept the rest of the day. I love it when she's exhausted.

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