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Get ready: It’s consignment season

With the coming of fall, expect weekends to offer great consignment sales on everything from kidswear to children’s toys and accessories. Here are ways to make the most of these sales:

• Know what you need. Go through your child’s wardrobe and make a list of the sizes and items you need.

• Inspect each item. Are there buttons missing, a sticky zipper or a mysterious stain? When buying strollers and bikes, look for missing screws or loose safety handles.

• Prepare yourself. Shopping at large consignment sales can take more time because of all the variety and sizes. Take a light jacket with a zippered pocket for easy access to your keys, list, phone and money. Bring your own reusable bags to collect your bargains.

• Look for labels. Buy designer labels such as Ralph Lauren, Polo, Gymboree, Children’s Place and Land’s End. Do not focus on cost-efficient brands such as Faded Glory (Wal-Mart) and Circo (Target), which you can grab on sale at the end of every season.