Photo courtesy of Bluff Park United Methodist Church.
Bargains on the Bluff
The Bargains on the Bluff Consignment Sale Committee is spending much of early September organizing accepted sale inventory in preparation for the church’s biannual sale. This year’s fall sale kicks off Friday, Sept. 12.
Looking for stylish clothes, popular toys, high quality books, baby gear and kids’ room décor, all at deeply discounted prices? Welcome to September – basically the Super Bowl for bargain savvy shoppers in the market for gently used clothing, accessories and gear tailored for the tween and under set.
This year, consignment sale season in Hoover kicks off with Bargains on the Bluff, benefitting Little Imaginations Preschool.
“Bargains on the Bluff is great,” said area resident Heather Skaggs, who also works part time maintaining the Bluff Park community website. “I’ve shopped it several times, and I love that this great event takes place in this historic church. The event shows how the residents of Bluff Park are woven together, and how well we support our community.”
To help you map out your fall consignment sale shopping, we’ve made a reference guide for the sales taking place in our city.
Bargains on the Bluff
Where: Bluff Park United Methodist Church
733 Valley Street
When: Sept. 12, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sept. 13, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. (select items 25% off)
Tried-N-True (TNT) Consignment Sale
Riverchase United Methodist Church
Sept. 19, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sept. 20, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. (select items 30 percent off)
Tips for consignment shopping
Use the early part of the month to make your “wish list.” What items do you need the most? By the second week of the month, you should be ready to grab your shopping bags, your wish list and your checkbook.
Plan to invest extra time in studying your items before you approach the register. “Gently used” is a subjective term. While it is a matter of practice for most consignment sale organizers to carefully screen and reject any items that are out of style, stained or in otherwise poor quality, some items inevitably slip through.
Do your research on each sale’s shopping rules. For example, some allow shoppers to use strollers and laundry baskets, whereas others do not. Payment policies also vary. Know in advance which sales accept credit cards and which ones are cash or check only.