Okay so these aren’t really secrets, but they are helpful tips. The very most important “secret” is consigning! You only have to tag 10 items to shop early! And then after you have tagged those 10 (or more) items the more you volunteer the more you earn and the earlier you shop. So now you are thinking what if I can’t consign? You can enter 15 minutes early on public shopping days by bringing a canned food donation with you.
Also come prepared to SHOP bring a laundry basket, wagon, tote, etc. to put your goodies in. There are also Ikea bags available to be borrowed or purchased and they fit tons of stuff! If you are unsure of sizes for your children bring them along. I have seen moms with their kids in swimsuits trying on clothes and this year I even had the chance to talk to a mother who brought a sheet to make a “fitting room” for her girls.
Be sure to give yourself plenty of time to shop too! There are literally THOUSANDS of items to look at and even if you think you have seen everything I can guarantee that if you come back and shop another day (like the red dot days) you will see “new” items. It also helps to have a list or a general idea of what you are looking for so you don’t forget, it is easy to get overwhelmed by all the amazing deals and totally forget what you came for. These are just a few of my own tips, what tips do you have?