Raleigh Winter Kids Sale Tips – Preparing for the Spring Sales

Raleigh Winter Kids Sale Tips

Once the weather turns cold, the Raleigh kids consignment season ends, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do some easy things to prepare for the upcoming spring sales!

1.  Pack up those outgrown summer clothes

As you’re cleaning out the summer clothing from dressers and closets, take a few extra minutes and prepare for selling!  I like to match up outfits and either fold together neatly, or even lay the outfits flat in a large box or container.  When I’m ready to tag for the Spring sale, everything is already clean, wrinkle-free, and ready to hang.

2.  Take inventory

I’m not always this organized, but I try.  As I pack up the summer clothes, I sort into two categories – the items that will still fit next summer (usually that pile is pretty small!) and the items that are going to be tagged and sold in the next sale (so I have enough in the clothing budget for everything I need now!)  I try to make a quick count of everything I have – shorts, dresses, pants, short sleeve tops, long sleeve tops – and keep it in a handy notebook.  That way, I know what I need to shop for in the spring sales, without having to get everything out again.

3.  Pick up hangers!

Winter is a fantastic time to ask your local dry cleaners for metal hangers that you can use in the spring for the next Raleigh kids consignment sale.  During sale season, they get more requests than they have hangers – but during the winter, the hangers tend to pile up – and dry cleaning tends to peak in the holiday season.  As you’re shopping and out and about, stop in to each dry cleaner you pass and ask if they could give you any of their leftover hangers.  You’ll be glad you did.

4.  Grab tagging supplies

Check out winter ads – especially Black Friday and early January – for good deals on all the tagging essentials:  quality pens, packing tape, ziploc bags, safety pins, etc.   Anything you can pick up at half off is well worth setting aside in your “tagging supply box” for the spring kids sale season.

Enjoy the cold weather with your kids.  We’re looking forward to seeing you soon!

Find out how to consign with Frog in My Pocket here:

New Consignors – Register Here

Returning Consignors – Register Here


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Are you a homeschooler? Is homeschooling a good option?

Homeschooling continues to be a growing movement – and many consignment moms and dads are either homeschooling or considering homeschooling.  Here are some stats I found very interesting.

HOMESCHOOLED: HOW AMERICAN HOMESCHOOLERS MEASURE UP

Once upon a time, all children were homeschooled. But around 150 years ago states started making public school mandatory and homeschooling eventually became illegal. It wasn’t until the 90′s that all states made it legal again. Today, with more than 2 million homeschoolers making up 4% of the school-aged population, it’s the fastest growing form of education in the country.  (full article here)

Homeschooled: How American Homeschoolers Measure Up
Source: TopMastersInEducation.com

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Tagging Your Items – What Color should your Tag Be?

It’s easy to recycle your kids outgrown clothing, toys, books, and baby equipment with Frog in My Pocket!  This huge Kids Sale is getting even bigger – and we’re adding a few changes to keep everything running as smoothly as possible!

In order to tag your items, you’ll be printing tags on CARDSTOCK (which is 65, 67, or 110 lb paper).  The COLOR you use will correspond to your unique CONSIGNOR NUMBER, and is based on the first digit of your number.

Cardstock Guide

The COLOR of your tags will correspond to the FIRST digit of your CONSIGNOR NUMBER. 

For instance, if your consignor number is 2155, you will use Pastel Blue cardstock.  If your consignor number is 92100, you will use Canary or Pastel Yellow cardstock.  If your number is 7900, you will use Terra Green or Lime Green cardstock.

Any numbers UNDER 1000 will use Lunar Blue cardstock.

These cardstock colors are available from any Office Depot, Staples, and Office Max, in the Wausau, Office Max, or Staples brands.

Already have a consignor number, but have a favorite color you’d like to use?  Just let us know – we can assign you a new consignor number that falls in the color category you prefer!    Donating your items to a worthy charity at the end of the sale?  Then no color is required – tag your items with white cardstock!

IMPORTANT – if you use construction paper, colored paper, or other non-weight paper, your items will be removed from the sales floor.  Non-cardstock tags tear off items very easily and cause confusion and frustration for shoppers.  And we don’t want you to lose your valuable merchandise, either!

Ready to get started?  Click here to register online as a consignor with Frog in my Pocket!  Find out everything you need to know about becoming a seller here.

 

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New Scholarship Program Available

“Opportunity Scholarship Program” now available!

Do you know that North Carolina legislature recently passed the new “Opportunity Scholarship Program” for families of select income levels to have school choice? Up to $4,200 per child will be granted for families interested in private schools like Haw River Christian Academy for 2014-15 and subsequent years.

Details are available on the State Education Assistance Authority’s web site: www.ncseaa.edu.

Applications will be available no later than February 1, 2014.  Scholarships will be awarded by March 1, 2014.

This is a huge blessing for families that desire a classical Christian education for their children but do not have the resources!

Train up a child in the way he should go,
And when he is old he will not depart from it.

- Proverbs 22:6

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Designer Consignors – Women’s Consignment Sale in Raleigh

Love shopping for your kids at consignment sales, and wish you could shop at deep discounts for the things you need?  Check out this upcoming sale, in north Raleigh near Costco and North Hills off Six Forks Road.

Dates: October 10-12
Location: 2605 Atlantic Avenue, Raleigh

*Frog in My Pocket is not affiliated with Designer Consignor’s Women’s Sale – we just love to share great deals!

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Going to the Chapel and Gonna Get Married

My little sister is getting married!

It’s a very exciting time for me and my two sisters, planning and preparing for her wedding coming up quickly this Fall.

As you know from how much we put into Frog in My Pocket, we don’t do anything halfway.

Having a great kids sale is fun, but it’s also a tremendous amount of work with many hundreds of hours of preparation in addition to the event week itself with 18-20 hour days, and we don’t want to give it less than our full attention while we’re getting everything ready for our youngest sibling’s big event.

That’s why the dates you see for our next sale are in the Spring. Frog in My Pocket will be bigger and better than ever, then – we’ve already got our eye on a couple of great locations and we’re working on the back end, streamlining some processes, to make it even more to make it more easy and fun for you, too.

When your baby sister asks you to be the Matron of Honor for her wedding, you just have to put your all into it – I’m very honored.

We’ll see you in the Spring, at our next Frog in My Pocket huge sale! Check back – you’ll see more details, soon.

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Kids Sale Drop Offs are Going On Now – WOW!

The first day of consignor drop offs is complete – one more to go!

Here’s a sneak peak at some of the TENS of THOUSANDS of goodies we have on site.  And lots more is coming tomorrow!

All kinds of great items for crawlers and walkers – tons of activity tables, push toys, and more.

 

 

Fantastic selection of toys for infant through preschool, including all these Little People sets!

 

 

 

 

 

The book section is easy to shop, with excellent selection!

 

 

 

 

No matter what age you’re looking for, you’ll find it here!

Absolutely fabulous selection for Infants, Toddlers, Preschool, Elementary, and even those tough-to-find sizes 8 to 14.  Plus a great Juniors section too!

 

 

This is one BIG sale – wait until you see it!  Art centers, easels, play yards, cozy coupes, wow.

 

 

 

All kinds of outdoor toys!  Sandboxes, slides, playsets, even a Little Tikes Merry-go-Round.

 

 

 

 

And we still have LOTS more consignors dropping off Wednesday morning.  See you soon!

Huge Spring/Summer Apex Kids Sale!

More racks, more displays, and MORE GREAT KIDS STUFF than ever before – 23,000 sq ft of bargains!

The Spring Kids Sale will be at Beaver Creek in Apex, between Old Navy and Dick’s Sporting Goods

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Printable Check Off Lists for Kids Sale | Spring and Summer

Shopping Tips for Kids Sales | Printable Check Off Lists for Spring/Summer

Just as the weather is warming up – it’s time to grab everything your kids need for summer, and get a jump start on the wardrobe for the new school year too.   Don’t pay retail!

We’ve included links to some handy check off clothing lists for Infants, Toddlers, and School Age.  Just print, note what you have and what you need, and bring your list to the Kids Sale with you.

Kids Sale Shopping List – Toddlers/Preschool Clothing

Kids Sale Shopping List – School Age Clothing

Kids Sale Shopping List – Infants Clothing

You’ll find everything you need at the best kids sale in the Raleigh area:  clothing for Newborn to Teen, Maternity, shoes, accessories, books, strollers, pack n plays, swings, bouncers, exersaucers, all kinds of baby equipment, ride on toys, outdoor toys, bikes and scooters, homeschool supplies, sports equipment, and so much more!  Check out our “Mom Time” area too, for fun and creative products and services.

Want first look at the very best of everything?  There are still a couple of volunteer slots open, with early access to opening day and half price sales (and you can bring a friend.)

  • Buddy up – work a shift with your kids (14 and up), hubby, mom or anyone who wants to help you earn double credit (and they get double credit, too.)
  • Pregnant?  Have an infant?  Sit your shift, with Low Impact options.
  • Consignors – increase your earnings with every shift you serve.
  • Each shift worked also earns one “Friend Pass”

Learn More About Volunteering Here

Check Available Volunteer Shifts Here 

The sale’s almost here. See you there!

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Easy Printable Shopping List – Baby Equipment

Shopping Tips for Kids Sales | Printable Check Off Lists

Are you expecting a new arrival soon?  It’s the last chance to buy everything you need for Spring and Summer – you don’t want to miss out and pay retail!

Here’s a handy printable list.  Note what you already have, and what you need, and make shopping easy.

Kids Sale Shopping List – Infant Equipment (Click to View/Print)

Want first look at the very best of everything?  There are still a couple of volunteer slots open, with early access to opening day and half price sales (and you can bring a friend.)

  • Buddy up – work a shift with your kids (14 and up), hubby, mom or anyone who wants to help you earn double credit (and they get double credit, too.)
  • Pregnant?  Have an infant?  Sit your shift, with Low Impact options.
  • Consignors – increase your earnings with every shift you serve.
  • Each shift worked also earns one “Friend Pass”

Learn More About Volunteering Here

Check Available Volunteer Shifts Here 

The sale’s almost here. See you there!

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Help Printing Tags

Due to the constantly changing internet guidelines, requirements, spam blockers, and cookie issues, here are some quick steps that might help if you’re having trouble printing your tags:
What to do when user reports problems with cookies when trying to use MSM nment

There are a couple of things that can potentially cause a user to get a message about their browser not allowing cookies when trying to use MSM. Below are those causes (in order of most common) and their solutions

1. User’s browser does not have cookies enabled, specifically session cookies. The user can follow the steps below, depending on their browser to make sure their browser will allow the cookie:

Internet Explorer:
Steps for IE 10:
1. Please see this link for instructions: http://ww2.cox.com/residential/centralflorida/support/internet/article.cox?articleId=03089f80-1fb3-11e2-4953-000000000000

Steps for IE9:
1. Click on the tools icon and click on Internet Options
2. Click on the Privacy tab at the top, and click the ADVANCED button
3. Set the options to always allow session cookies. Optionally allow first and third party cookies.

Steps for IE8:
1. Click on the TOOLS menu, then select INTERNET OPTIONS
2. Select the PRIVACY TAB and click ADVANCED.
3. Set the options to always allow session cookies and optionally first and third party cookies.

Steps for Firefox:
Please see this article: https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/enable-and-disable-cookies-website-preferences
and be sure to set the settings to allow cookies from sites and accept third party cookies.

Steps for Safari:
See this article: http://support.apple.com/kb/PH11913
and set the settings to allow cookies.

If these steps do not work, please email penny@frogpocketkids.com, and let us know what link/page you are using when you attempt to print.

Thank you – we look forward to seeing you very soon!
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