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Coming Up: Oak Park Consignment Sales

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This week I'll be quite busy helping get things ready for Friday and Saturday's semi-annual consignment sale at Parenthesis, a fantastic organization in Oak Park that gives parents a break while providing high-quality children's programs for an affordable price. Parenthesis also provides parent education and other programs. (And incidentally, I write most of my posts whlie my 2-year-old is in Parenthesis' morning drop-in program.)

But most importantly to you all, Parenthesis' clothing sale is the best consignment event I have ever shopped. The gently used clothes are high-quality and well-organized (I know because I am personally one of the people doing quality control and organizing it all). Only seasonally appropriate clothes are out there on the floor. There's gear too, like strollers and baby swings. The prices are much lower than in consignment shops and I believe that they are lower than many other consignment events as well.

The deets:

VIP Sale Friday 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., $20 entrance fee

Regular Sale Saturday 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., ENTRY IS FREE

Half-price Sale 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Bag Sale (They do NOT advertise this) 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m.

405 S. Euclid Ave., Oak Park (it's in a church)

I also just heard that there will be a used toy sale going on at the same time as the clothing sale this year. Bonus! It's down the street at 124 S. Euclid, and they tell me they have tons of toys including bikes in various sizes.

There is still time if you are interested in consigning clothes for this sale (they give you half the selling price) or donate them. Also, if you want to volunteer at the sale, you get to go to a special preview sale and there is free childcare while you volunteer. Contact info about that stuff is here.

There's also another kids' consignment sale going on in Oak Park that day, only a few blocks away, whch might help you justify the trip if you don't live here. It's the West Suburban Mothers of Multiples sale, and while it's not quite as good as the Parenthesis sale (I'm being unbiased here, but if you don't believe me hit both sales and judge for yourself!) it's still full of good deals.

The MOMs sale deets:

Oak Park Arms, at the intersection of Oak Park Ave. and Madison Ave., Oak Park

Regular sale 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., free

Half-price sale 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

What kind of deals do you get at sales like this? Here is a post showing some items I got for my newborn son last spring, and here are some gorgeous things that worked out to 10 cents an item.

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gardenfaerie said:

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Love this blog... I just wish we had something like it here in Ann Arbor, MI. I get the feeling that if I want it, I'm going to have to blog it myself!!

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