Indy Kids Consignment Fall 2014 Sale: Shopping Advice and a Giveaway

It’s that time of year again- it’s fall consignment sale season! Every night this week I’ve sat down with a pile of tags and some safety pins and have tagged away at the inventory I’m selling this year.

The annual Indy Kids Consignment Fall sale is happening next week, with the pre-sale happening on Wednesday, September 10th, and then the actual sale happening on September 11-13. Even though it’s 98 degrees out right now, the time for long pants and boots will be here before you know it.

I’ve consigned with IKC for several years now, and I always shop the pre-sale. Getting to the sale as early as you possibly can is crucial to getting the best inventory, I’ve purchased winter coats, shoes, boots and so much more at these sales. Wondering what else might be in stock? Check out my article on FunCityFinder for all of the details.

Here are three things to keep in mind when you get ready to shop:

1) Wear comfortable shoes, and don’t bring in anything extra. There are no shopping carts, so you many want to bring a tote bag or even a hamper on wheels. You may want to wear a cross-body bag or  (gasp!) a fanny pack. Basically, you want your hands free, because you’ll need them.

2) Make a note of your kids’ sizes. Yes, they’ll hate you for it, but you have to know. Haven’t had your kid measured for shoes lately? Trace the outline of his foot on the back of your shopping list to use as a guide.

3) Speaking of a shopping list….make one. I always go through what my kids have, and then make a list from there.

4) Set aside an adequate amount of time to shop. The showroom is HUGE. If you’ve never been, it’s hard to even picture. It takes time to go through the different areas of the sale, it takes time to use a sorting table to make final decisions, and it takes time to get through the checkout. It’s much more enjoyable if you’ve given yourself a minimum of an hour, if not two.

5) Bring a friend! Because, obviously.

It's an invasion of Little People! Toys sell fast at every sale.
It’s an invasion of Little People!
Toys sell fast at every sale.



Enter to win a pair of pre-sale passes for 6:30pm on Wednesday, September 10th.

To enter, leave a comment and tell me what’s on your shopping list this year.

For additional entries, tweet about this giveaway, linking back to this post- look-all the work’s done for you! After you tweet, leave a comment telling me that you did.

Tweet: Enter to win pre-sale passes to the Fall @IKCSale from @gotchababy. Clothes don’t buy themselves, & your kids have grown!

For another additional entry, share this post on Facebook and leave a comment here telling me that you did.

This giveaway will be open through noon on Monday, September 8th, and the winner will have 24 hours to respond. If there’s no response, another winner will be selected.

Listen to Your Mother 2014: Do You Miss Me While You Are Sleeping?

It’s time! It’s time! Videos from the productions of Listen to Your Mother 2014 are up on You Tube. Videos from across the country, from women and men, are up for the world to see. I love that YouTube makes the entire body of work available- it’s such a treasure of humor, advice and heartache.

My piece this year focuses on just one only slice of my life- the trials and trauma of having a boy who doesn’t like to sleep much. It’s gotten 110% better since Groundhog’s Day, and I’m sure in another year, it will seem like just a blip on the radar of childhood. Who knows- in couple of years, I might even be the one waking HIM up.


©2014 Mike Washington Photography


First 5k Over 40: It’s Done!

Whew! This morning came really early- Ann-Marie, Julie and I all headed downtown together before 6am to do the 500 Festival 5k together. We met up with Heather and Katy in the McDonald’s hospitality suite. I think it’s the earliest we’ve ever had such a gathering of Indy Geek Girls.

Each one of us was ready to do our best at the upcoming 5k. Before hitting the pavement, we had the chance to chat with some McDonald’s representatives, including chef Jessica Foust. She answered any questions we had about rumors and media coverage regarding McDonald’s food (read: there is no pink slime, there is only beef in the burgers, and chicken in the nuggets). She was lovely and gracious, and explained the scale on which McDonalds does things. When developing their menu and their food items, they need to keep in mind that they serve 27 million people a day.

At 7:00 am, we found our corral and started walking. One of the best things about the half marathon is all of the entertainment along the way. For the 5k, we shared the first and last mile with the mini, so there was entertainment along the way. The 5k distance went fast- with friends and a crowd to move me along, my pace ended up being 16:31. Not too shabby.

500 Festival 5k CollageYears ago when I walked the whole 13.1, I always arrived at the after party as it was wrapping up. Let’s face it, it takes a long time to walk 13.1 miles, and by the time I was done, the after party was an afterthought. This morning though, we got the first bananas, the first snacks, and deliciously cold chocolate milk. We visited the McDonald’s sample trailer, and took photos all along the way.

Getting ready for this first 5k was a good way to start moving again. I’m now in the habit of getting several miles in several times a week. Today was my first official 5k after 40 but I know it’s not going to be my last.

“Disclosure: McDonald’s of Central Indiana has provided benefits, including free Finish Line 500 Festival 5K registration, an Arch Card, a t-shirt and giveaway products in exchange for my participation in this campaign.