1. Shop the Presale – if you are eligible.
Volunteers and consignors get to shop before everyone else! Many HWGA sales also have presale shopping opportunities for putting a yard sign in your yard (if your community allows that), providing drinks/snacks for our volunteers, new moms (or about to be a new mom), teachers, and military. Visit your local HWGA sale’s website to find out what presale opportunities are available in your area.
2. Make alternate arrangements for your children.
While we will welcome people shopping with children (we know that sometimes there just isn’t any other choice), it is no secret that trying to shop with kids is a stress filled activity.
This is especially true if you are coming to the presale or when we first open to the public. There are TONS of people there, lots of things little hands want to touch, and long waits to check out (although we do our best to make it as quick as possible). If you do have to bring the kids with you, shop during not-as-busy times, such as the afternoon or anytime after the first day. Bring something to occupy them – a book, iPod… and feed them before you come. For safety reasons, they must be with you at all times.
3. Make a List
Pull out the next season’s tubs to see what you have and what you need. Grab a pair of pants that fit your child well, and cut a piece of string the length of the inseam. Take it to the sale to compare to pants on the rack. For shoes, outline the bottom of a shoe that fits on a piece of paper. Carry the paper with you to the sale to hold up to shoes you think might work. Don’t forget to think ahead. I’ve found that I need to buy a few things in the next size up. I have been surprised with a growth spurt in between sale seasons too many times.
Will there be a birthday coming up? Do you need to find some books? How about hats? Make sure you get them all on your list so you don’t forget. The sales can be overwhelming with the amount of items offered, and it is sometimes hard to remember what you came for.
Clean out your trunk! You never know if you will find a great deal on a bike, an art easel, or a little tikes basketball goal. Make sure you have plenty of room to load up your unexpected treasures.