6 tips for consignment season

The Upscale Weesale in Fort Mill is one of Charlotte’s largest consigment sales and runs March 15 - 19.
The Upscale Weesale in Fort Mill is one of Charlotte’s largest consigment sales and runs March 15 - 19.

It’s consignment sale season, and we know that many savvy parents plan to hit up the local sales. Whether you are new to consignment sales or consider yourself a seasoned veteran, read through these quick tips from Kim Willaby, owner of the area’s top-rated consignment sale, The Upscale Weesale.

These tips will help you save money and sanity!

1 - Shop the Pre-Sale.

Many consignment sales, like the Upscale WeeSale, allow volunteers and consignors to shop early and some have pre-sale passes for purchase. Shoppers can get in early to the Upscale WeeSale by purchasing pre-sale passes to benefit a local non-profit charity here. Not only will there be smaller crowds when you shop early, but you’ll find the best selection!

2 - Make a list.

From must-haves, to wish-list items and gift purchases for upcoming holidays, know what you are on the lookout for! Once you have your list, identify the items that are in high demand and go to that section as soon as you walk in the door. The high demand items are:

  • Furniture and baby gear
  • Strollers
  • Toys with long lifespans, like play kitchens and LEGO tables
  • Winter jackets, snow pants, and rain jackets
  • High value toys like Thomas trains and tracks and LEGOs
  • Shoes

3 - Don’t put off looking for the “big” items.

The best deals will be gone quickly. You may be deterred from looking at the big items first because you don’t want to have to lug the item around with you while you shop. Most sales, like the Upscale WeeSale, however, have solved that problem by using a tag that rips in half, so if you want to “claim” that item, you rip off the bottom of the tag and take that to the register with you. The item stays on the selling floor, but no one can buy it out from under you because it’s missing the barcode.

4 - Plan on a haul.

Bring a large IKEA bag or the largest and sturdiest laundry basket in your house. Tie a belt or leash to the handle so it will be easy to pull. Now when you're shopping, you can put your clothes basket down at a rack and pull it around w/o having to carry it on your hip.

5 - Know each child’s clothing size and shoe size.

Trace your kids' feet onto a piece of construction paper and then cut it out. Write their name on the “foot”. Tie a piece of string to the foot, and then take the string and cut it to the length of your child’s inseam. Now you have important measurements for each child. You can also write on each foot what specific items you are looking for. This is info that is easy to forget when you're looking through racks and racks of clothes, and then you'll get home and realize you forgot to get your daughter summer hats, etc.

6 - Get comfy.

Wear comfortable shoes and bring a water bottle and a snack. Most sales have established processes to make checkout as easy as possible, but you will sometimes encounter lines. Make it easy on yourself by dressing in casual clothes and bringing a refreshment!

Wishing you a happy spring consignment season!

Upscale WeeSale Shopping Days and Hours:


The Pointe Arts and Recreation Center

2266 Deerfield Dr, Fort Mill, SC 29715

Tues, March 15: 1 pm – 9 pm

Volunteer & Consignor Presales

Wed, March 16 9 am – 12 pm

Charity PreSale

Wed, March 16: 5pm – 9pm

(4pm early entry with 3 canned goods per person)

Thu, March 17: 10am – 7pm

Fri, March 18: 10am – 4pm

Sat, March 19: 10am-4pm* MOST items will be 50% off, determined by consignors

For more information visit: