After tackling your annual spring closet clean out, you’re feeling pretty accomplished. But after pinning on your well-deserved adulting gold star, you realize this tradition has left you with serious piles of stuff to get rid of and gaps in your sidekick’s gear. Thankfully, the city’s spring consignment pop-ups are just around the corner. Whether you’re looking to fill the gaps or reduce your piles, they can help. Read on for the scoop!

photo: Just Between Friends Seattle East Facebook page 

Just the Facts, Ma’am

New to these big consignment sales? Don’t worry. We’ll walk you through the basics.

For Consignors
The beauty of these annual and semi-annual pop-ups is in their simplicity. One place, one time, the whole shebang. No snapping pics for Craigslist or mailing items for eBay. No stickering and bartering and wondering what to do with all those unsold items for a garage sale. Pop-up sale consignors get to tag on their own time with a scanner (sort of like when you’re registering for gifts) and set the prices that work for them. They drop off items early and pick them up when the whirlwind subsides, if they want. If not, many of these sales donate unsold, unclaimed items to local charities, so you can feel good about leaving stuff behind. There’s no need to worry about seasonal items at these pop ups either. Bring what you’ve got, whatever the season. Just make sure it’s sell-ready (washed and cleaned and ready for use). Plus, the payment turn around is pretty quick. Anywhere from same day to two weeks to net your sales. Not too shabby for a weekend’s work!

Just between friends moms shopping fb

photo: Just Between Friends Seattle East Facebook page

For Buyers
On the buy-side, these pop-ups are loaded with deals. And unlike an online listing or trade site, you get the chance to use all your senses on an item before you buy it. To find what you want, get there early, like waiting overnight in line for a big concert early. And if at all possible, shop a pre-sale (usually open to consignors and volunteers or for a small fee). Many of these sales reduce prices after the first day, so be sure to “like” your favorite pop-up consignment’s Facebook page for the 411 on early entrance and sales times. If you’re in the know, you’re sure to find a steal of a deal!

The Sales

Just Between Friends Consignment Sale
The Just Between Friends sales are an area fave. And there are some real perks to being part of this consignor network. First, all seven area JBF sales use the same tagging system which means if you tag for one sale, you’re ready to sell at the next one too. No re-tagging required, just bring your unsold items to the next event location. Easy peasy! JBF sales also have some great free passes and pre-sale exclusives that can be found online. You may pay a bit more, but early access can make up for it in savings. Be sure to check the individual websites of each sale for the deets since they’re all independently operated. And get tickets online before you go if you need them. Plus, these sales carry clothes from newborn through teen. Just between us, these sales are awesome!

photo: Just Between Friends Everett/Monroe Facebook page 

Issaquah Spring Sale
Pickering Barn
1730 10th Ave. N.W.
Issaquah, Wa 98027
Online: seattleeast.jbfsale.com/homeView.jsp

Dates & Times: Mar. 15, 6 p.m. & 7 p.m.-10 p.m. (Primetime Shopping); Mar. 16-17, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Mar. 18, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Mar. 19, 2017, 9 a.m.- 3 p.m.
Cost: $10-$15 on Mar. 15; $2 at the door on Mar. 16; Free admission on Mar. 17-19, 2017

Lynnwood/Mill Creek Spring Sale
Gold Creek Church
4326 148th St. S.E
Mill Creek, Wa 98012
Online: lynnwood.jbfsale.com/homeView.jsp 

Dates & Times: Mar. 22, 5 p.m.-8 p.m. (Primetime Shopping); Mar. 23, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Mar. 24, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Mar. 25, 2017 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Cost: $10-$15 on Mar. 22; $2 at the door or free with registration or food donation on Mar. 23; Free admission Mar. 24 & 25, 2017

Everett/Monroe Spring Sale
Evergreen State Fairgrounds
14405 179th Ave. S.E., #400
Monroe, Wa 98272
Online: everett.jbfsale.com/homeView.jsp

Dates & Times: April 5, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. (Presale Event); April 6, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; April 7, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; April 8, 2017 8 a.m.-5 p.m
Cost: $10-15 on April 5; $2 on April 6 or free with registration or food donation; Free on April 7 & 8, 2017

Seattle Families of Multiples Bi-Annual Sale
Leave it to families of multiples to have a multitude of kid stuff for your little sweeties. No matter what you’re looking for, they’ve got it in spades, with over 60 families signed up to sell their gently used wares. While you have to be a parent of multiples to consign at this sale (all the volunteers are parents of multiples too. Check their name tags to find out about their kids!), anyone can get in on the deals. And it’s a total no-brainer, can’t-miss shopping spot if you’ve got more than one. Can you say deals on double strollers?

Beyond that, shoppers can expect loads of other gently used clothing and equipment, usually in pairs. And expecting parents will definitely want to check out the newborn room, where they’ll find everything they need to welcome their first, without spending a year’s college tuition to do it. There’s twice as much to love about this sale!

photo: Seattle Families of Multiples Sale Facebook page

Aurora Church of Nazarene
1900 N. 175th St.
Shoreline, Wa 98133
Online: seattlemultiples.org or on Facebook

Date & Time: Mar. 25, 2017, 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Cost: Free

Kids Closet Connection Sale
For newbies looking to test the waters of the consignment sale scene without being overwhelmed by crowds, products or protocol, the Kid’s Closet Connection sale in Kenmore is a perfect place to wade in. This spring marks their fifth sales event, so while they’re growing, they’re still on the smaller side when it comes to major pop-ups. For buyers, this means easy shopping to find just what you’re looking for. And for consignors it equals easier sales (especially if you’re bringing in big-ticket items like strollers or floor toys), because fewer products are competing. Plus, consignors get 65% of their sell price here and can earn an extra 5% (or more!) if they volunteer, too. Put all this in St. Edwards State Park (no need to pay park fees to shop, but they’re a must if you stay and play) and you’ve got a great family day planned. Take the plunge!

photo: Kid’s Closet Connection Seattle Eastside Facebook page

St. Edwards State Park
14445 Juanita Dr. N.E.
Kenmore, Wa 98028
Online: kidscloset.biz/seattleeastside or on Facebook

Dates & Times: Mar. 17, noon-8 p.m.; Mar. 18, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Mar. 19, 2017, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

Crème Brulée Kids Consignment Sale
Crème Brulee Kids Consignment prides itself on a boutique shopping experience. From the quality and brands shoppers will find, to the perks that come with shopping their sale (think free child care on Fri. and Sat. from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., sponsored by My Gym of Kent/Covington), they cater to a discerning crowd. And that’s good news for shoppers looking for great deals on fancy stuff. Be sure to browse the over 25 boutique vendors who will also be at the event selling handmade kid’s clothes, jewelry and more. Plus, Crème Brulee offers a tiered sales structure for consignors who also volunteer to work the sale. You can earn 5% beyond the initial 65% take home on the items you sell for every 4-hour shift you volunteer. That means you can get back up to 80% of your total sales. Just one more reason to cheer!

 photo: Crème Brulee Kid’s Facebook 

Kent Commons – The Parks and Recreation Building
525 Fourth Ave. N.
Kent, Wa 98032
Online: cremebruleekids.blogspot.com or on Facebook

Dates and Times: May 11, 7 p.m. (consignor pre-sale); May 12, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; May 13, 2017, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: Free

Jack and Jill Children’s Consignment Sale
Now in its 13th year, the locally based, and Red Tricycle 2016 Totally Awesome Award Winner, Jack and Jill Consignment Sale will be bursting with over 40,000 items ready for eager parents. They’ve got everything you can think of and then some, all in a well-organized, sizeable room that makes finding what you’re looking for a cinch. Jack and Jill has an awesome pre-sale for new moms on their first day, as well as a Diaper Drive to benefit West Side Baby later that morning. These are two feel-good ways to get and give when it comes to shopping like a pro. And, due to demand, they’re keeping a third shopping day, so you know this is a local fave. (They’ve also been voted the Best Area Consignment Sale three year’s running). If you’re thinking about consigning here, make sure you’re on the ball. Their 300 spots fill up the first week registration opens. On your mark, get set, go!

photo: Jack & Jill Consignment’s Facebook

Lynnwood Convention Center
3711 196th St. S.W.
Lynnwood, Wa 98036
Online: thejackandjillsale.com or on Facebook

Dates: May 11-13, 2017, Times TBD
Cost: Free

My Turn! Kids Consignment Sale
My Turn! Kids Consignment will be hosting their fourth sale this spring. And if cloth diapers or a gently used baby carrier are on your list of needs, this is definitely the place to find them (or sell them). Enviro-conscious families will find hundreds of cloth diapers to choose from for their eco-baby, alongside typical consignment gear like clothes, shoes, toys and books. Their selection of baby carriers runs a close second in favorite finds among parents looking to save on some green. From a seller’s standpoint, these are two valuable items to consign at the sale because not only do they go quickly, but your return is 90% of the sale price. Consignors can also expect good returns on bigger items like baby swings, furniture and exersaucers, all those big-ticket items that take up much-needed space once baby outgrows them. But our favorite part of this sale has got to be the virtual Pokémon hiding among the racks. Being a Pokestop (that they lured during their last sale) is an unanticipated bonus that’ll occupy your little shopping partner while you get down to business finding deals!

photo: My Turn Kids Consignment Sale Facebook page

American Legion Post 234
22909 56th Ave. W.
Mountlake Terrace, Wa 98043
Online: myturnsale.com

Dates and Times: April 21, 9 a.m. (New parent sale), 10 a.m.-8 p.m. (open to the public); April 22, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; April 23, 2017, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: Free

PNPC Spring Kids Sale 
The Phinney Neighborhood Preschool Co-op’s bi-annual consignment sale is just around the corner. And for parents in search of gear, strollers, furniture and clothes (sizes newborn through 10 years), it’s the place to be this weekend. Whether you’re motivation is being green or saving green, we recommend shopping early for the best finds. But, if you can’t make it when the doors open, consider coming after noon. That’s when they mark down tons of items to 50% off—the best excuse to double your purchases, don’t you think? Shop till you drop!

photo: PNPC Kids Sale Facebook page

Phinney Neighborhood Center
6532 Phinney Ave. N.
Lower Brick Building
Seattle, Wa 98103
Online: facebook.com/pnpckidssale

Dates and Times: Mar. 18, 2017, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Cost: Free

Ballard Preschool Co-op’s Gently Used Kids Gear Sale
If you don’t have a chance to check out the Phinney Co-op Preschool’s sale, be sure to put the Ballad Preschool Co-op’s sale on your spring calendar. Scheduled a few month later, this local fave boasts a line that starts well before the 9 a.m. door open time. That’s parent speak for a sale worth shopping. These smart moms and dads know you gotta get there early to find everything on your list. But even if you can’t make it pre-dawn, there’s sure to be plenty of quality used gear and clothes for kids (newborn – size 8) available all morning long. Bring your reusable bags or laundry baskets to carry all your fabu finds!

photo: GUS-Gently Used Kids Gear Sale Facebook page

Phinney Neighborhood Center
6532 Phinney Ave. N.
Community Hall
Lower Brick Building
Seattle, Wa 98103
Online: https://www.facebook.com/BPCGUS/

Dates and Times: April 22, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Cost: Free

Shop-Savvy Tips

Thanks to the hosts of these awesome sales, we’ve gathered some general savvy shopper tips for maximum effect. You can thank us later!

1. If you don’t want to wait in line or you want early access to the sale, sign up to volunteer! Each of these sales has perks for volunteers. Taking a short shift can have a big payoff.

2.  Shopping with a friend is way more fun, so bring your trusted bestie to help you make decisions and spot the deals. Divide and conquer!

3. Know what you’re looking for. Many of these sales have thousands of items, so know your child’s sizes and what he or she needs for the upcoming seasons. Then, make a plan and execute. Break!

4. Don’t just think reusable bags when shopping these sales. Wagons and laundry baskets (with ropes attached for easy dragging) also work well for your haul.

5. Many of these sales are cash or check only, so be sure to pack your green.

Have you shopped one of these pop-up spring consignment sales? Tell us about your experience in the Comments below!

— Allison Sutcliffe