Outfitting 3 growing kids without breaking the bank is no small task. When I look at it as an organizational challenge, it becomes a lot of fun for me (I know, I'm an organizational nerd).
The whole process starts with three pages like this, one for each kiddo. It's basically a list of all the clothes I think they need to make a full wardrobe. I inventory their current closets and drawers full of out-of-season clothes and make notes of the holes that need to be filled. Also, while going through those out-of-season items, I pull out anything outgrown that I'd previously missed and add it to the kids' sale stockpile.
Though there are tons of these consignment sales around now, I use the Popsicles Kids Sale in Jonesboro to both sell the kids' outgrown things and fill in the gaps in their closets. I hang, price, and tag all my items for sell and haul them to the sale. By being a consignor, I get the privilege of early shopping; for the most recent sale, this was last Wednesday.
It's hard not to get carried away when shopping because there's so much cute stuff. But, I keep my inventory sheets on hand and refer to them as needed during shopping. As pictured here, I always surprise the kids with a treat from the sale. I'm usually able to get them each a pretty cool toy for less than $5.
This year, I spent $133 (including the toys) on the items I purchased. And, I earned $151.80 on the items I sold. I do have to drive a ways to participate in this sale, so I have to consider the price of gas, but the enjoyment I get in having a shopping night all alone is worth that price, easy!