Way back in high school I took a family planning class. One of the things we had to do was plan for having a baby. Back then, I couldn't believe how much baby stuff was needed, and how much it all cost. It always irked me that items used for such a small period of time would be that expensive.
Fast forward ?? years and I have a beautiful new baby. Naturally I found myself staring those expenses right in the eye. Garage sales and such are a very hit-or-miss way to go, and many second-hand shops are, well, sub-optimal. Enter As They Grow...
This sale is wonderful. It is unique. All the items are sold on consignment. Basically anyone with children's items can register and sell them for extra cash. No dealing with store credit or trades or anything else like many consignment shops do. The sellers choose how much to sell their items for. (There is a pricing guide available for those who have no idea what fair market value is.) Then, thousands of shoppers (like me) come and buy what we need.
This sale is a great place to find almost anything you might find yourself needing. And it is a win-win. Sellers get back some of their initial investment and buyers get what they need at a fraction of the cost. If you can hold yourself off ling enough, and don't mind searching through the leavings, Sunday has many things at half price. Again it is up to the seller to decide to participate, but most seem to. While all the eye-catching stuff may be gone, there are still many great deals left, especially in clothing.
Now the bad news, this sale is so huge it only takes place twice a year. So here is the pertinent info:
March 18-20, 2011
2251 N. Rainbow Blvd.
(NW corner of Lake Mead & Rainbow, just off the 95)
I hope to see you there.