For two years now I have wanted to go to the infamous GA consignment sales. My friends have told me they are THE place to get good deals on 2nd round kid stuff. Last year my little guy was too little for me handle alone, so I missed out. The year before I just missed them alltogether.
As far as 2nd time stuff goes I'm always on the fence. I don't like giving my kid dirty, germy things, but I also don't like spending money. So consignment sales are a good halfway point for both my dislikes. Most of the big GA sales are jurried - so crappy broken toys and nasty soiled clothes don't make it to the sale. But most things are priced about half the original or less depending on quality and age. As far as the germs go I just lyscol the crap out of everything when I get home!!!
In heindsight I'm not sure I would have bought much with an infant, I'm less germ-a-phobic now.
I made a short list of "wants" that I thought were reasonable items to buy second hand. Then I went on amazon to find the brands that I liked and to get a current price range. Slides for example range from $50 to $200, I am not willing to spend that much yet, so a second hand slide is a good idea. Then I printed the list and brought it with me.
We arrived at opening, the first day. What a mad house! People had tied ropes to a laundry baskets and were dragging them across the floor shoving clothes and toys in left and right.
I went straight for the strollers. I found some okay ones, but not for the money and condition. So I began looking for the other items on my list. After 30 minutes or so I was done. As I said, I'm not too tolerant of 2nd hand stuff, it has to be good for me to buy it. So I didn't have much in my bag. Just a few Baby Einstein dvds for $5 each- good price. And a clean non smelly diaper pail for $4.