Note: I've added more sales to the list, thanks to some readers in the know! If you happen to have information on additional sales, let me know in the comments section, and I'll add them to the list.
If you're got growing kids and a shrinking budget, consignment sales are a great way to outfit your kids at a fraction of retail prices.
And right now is prime shopping season for spring consignment sales in the Triangle.
Most sales offer early shopping days for volunteers and sellers, and many offer discounts in the final days of the sale. I highly recommend clicking on the links to individual sales to get sale hours, directions and discount information.
Here are a few upcoming sales and their public sale dates:
Kids EveryWear Sale: Friday, March 2, through Monday, March 5, at the Morrisville Outlet Mall, 1001 Airport Blvd, Morrisville, 27560-893. Insider tip: Shop a day early by attending a "baby shower" at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, and bringing a donation to local charities. Be sure to check the website for gift donation guidelines.
Friendship Closet Consignment sale: Friday, March 2, and Saturday, March 3, at Peak United Methodist Church, 1200 N. Salem St., Apex, 27502. Insider tip: You can still sign up to sell at this sale through Wednesday, Feb. 29.
Wings Consignment sale: Friday, March 2, and Saturday, March 3, at Hollands United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 9433 Ten Ten Rd, Raleigh, 27603. Insider tip: Half-price sale Saturday afternoon.
Upscale Resale Boutique Children's Consignment sale: Thursday, March 8, through Saturday, March 10, at Waverly Place, 302 Colonades Way, Suite 201, Cary, 27518. Insider tip: This is a new location.
Nearly New Clothing Exchange: Thursday, March 8, through Sunday, March 11, at 6620 Six Forks Road, Raleigh, North Haven Church Gym. Insider tip: Goodie bags are given to the first 200 customers.
Twice as Nice Kids Consignment Sale: Tuesday, March 13, through Saturday, March 17, at 1231 N.E. Maynard Road, Cary, 27607. (The former Dorcas Thrift Shop location) Insider tip: This is a new location for this sale.
Kidz Stuff Consignment Sale: Thursday, March 15, through Saturday, March 17, at Hayes Barton Baptist Church, 1800 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh, 27608. Insider tip: Go to the Kidz Stuff Facebook page and click the "like" button. If the page reaches 200 likes, three $25 gift certificates to the sale will be awarded.
The Chapel Hill-Durham Mothers of Multiples Club sale: Saturday, March 17 at Yates Baptist Church, 2819 Chapel Hill Rd, Durham, 27707. Insider tip: Cash only!
KidAround KidSale: Friday, March 23, through Sunday, March 25, at MVP Sports at the Factory, 1839 US 1-A /South Main St., Wake Forest. Insider tip: Many 50 percent off items on Sunday.
Triangle Mothers of Twins and Triplets Consignment Sale: Saturday, March 24, at the Kerr Scott Building at the N.C. State Fairgrounds, Raleigh. Insider tip: Cash only!
In addition to clothes, many sales also offer toys, books, games, bicycles and baby equipment. Clothing sizes at these sales range from newborn to juniors. Some also offer maternity clothes.
A great resource for keeping up with all the sales scheduled in the Triangle is a website called ConsignmentMommies.com. Run by a mother-daughter team based in North Carolina, the site offers a nationwide directory of consignment sales and shops.
Simply plug in your Zip code and how far you're willing to travel, and the site will list all the sales in your area, along with sales dates, contact numbers and links to sale websites. There are even reviews from moms who have previously shopped these sales.
ConsignmentMommies.com has a separate search engine for consignment shops, as well as a wealth of information and tips geared to three groups: shoppers, sellers and consignment sale operators.