Editor’s Note: The following about how to make the most of your shopping trip is a sponsored post brought to you by Rhea Lana’s of Fox Valley.
Last month, we told you all about the benefits of consigning your children’s clothes, toys and equipment with Rhea Lana’s of Fox Valley. But of course the other side of that equation can be even more fun, and that’s the shopping!
Rhea Lana’s of Fox Valley is hosting its bi-annual consignment event from May 7-12 at 404 South Route 59 in Naperville, in Westridge Court next to the Art Van furniture store. Find a detailed schedule here.
This sale will feature gently used children’s clothes for spring/summer (newborn through teen size 16), shoes, indoor and outdoor toys, books, baby equipment and gear, games, sports equipment, maternity clothes and more.
Christine DeGraf is the owner of Rhea Lana’s of Fox Valley as well as West Chicagoland. She makes sure the event has a boutique feel, with organized racks and tables – no digging through piles of clothes. Items are gently used and quality checked before they are accepted, with prices set at about 25 percent of retail price.
And for shoppers looking for even better bargains, the event will offer a public half-price sale on May 11 and May 12!
Still, DeGraf knows that shopping for all your kids at one time, in one place, can sometimes be intimidating. So she offers these shopping tips:
Come with a list: Does your child need shorts? Pajamas? A special outfit for a family reunion or a 4th of July celebration? Do a quick check of each of your children’s closets to see what they may need for spring and summer. How about gym shoes and extra clothes for daycare? Or a new scooter and outdoor toys to make the most of the warm weather? Coming with a list will make it easier to remember exactly what you need. Write down what sizes your kids wear now and account for growth.
Trace (or measure) your children’s feet: So many shoes, so little time! Different brand’s sizing does differ so having an exact trace or measurement of each of your kiddo’s feet will help ensure a great fit! And be sure to account for foot growth too.
What to bring: Wear some comfy clothes and comfy shoes, bring a water bottle and maybe a piece of fruit or granola bar as a snack when you need a little energy boost. Rhea Lana’s does provide a limited number of shopping carts, and there are lots of the huge IKEA bags to collect your finds in. But you are encouraged to bring your own re-usable bag.
Take your time: It’s easier said than done, but try to visit Rhea Lana’s when you have the time to browse and find what you really need. Before you go to check-out, you’ll want to inspect your finds to make sure that you can live with any imperfections as well as doublecheck the sizes on the tags match what you’re looking for. Rhea Lana’s knows it is hard to find any alone time. It is suggested to leave children at home on pre-sale day, because the store can be so busy. Children are allowed on the public sale days, but space is tight, so maneuvering a stroller is tough. Wearing young children is best!
Have fun! DeGraf and her team love sharing quality consignment items with parents in our community. Plus, it’s so fun to find great deals!
DeGraf says she has always been a bargain shopper, partly because she grew up with divorced parents and in a home where money was tight.
“Saturday mornings spent shopping garage sales with my mom and my sisters are some of my most cherished memories,” she says.
“The most rewarding thing about Rhea Lana’s are the families the sale helps,” she says. “I hear from so many moms, dads, grandmas and grandpas thanking me for holding a sale where they can afford to buy everything their children need for the season and still have money left over.”
To figure out when you want to schedule your own shopping trip to Rhea Lana’s of Fox Valley, check out the schedule here. Happy bargain hunting!