Happening This Weekend! The Erie Sunflower Sprouts Consignment Sale

The pop-up sale will be in Erie at Sinai Sports Sept. 29-Oct. 1

September 6, 2023

The dates are circled on your calendar for the Sunflower Sprouts Children's & Maternity Consignment Sale in Erie. Go ahead. Circle them in red!

The excitement is building but you wonder how exactly to shop this sale, which will be held at Sinai Sports on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, with a pre-sale Friday, Sept. 29. 

Where should you head first? What's most important to take? And is there a way to get in early? 

Here’s a special guide from a shopping pro to guide your consignment sale adventure. Ready? Let’s go!

All the details: Sunflower Sprouts is Erie’s Newest Children's & Maternity Consignment Sale! 

Twice a year, for one weekend only, the sale pops up at Sinai Sports on 15th Street in Erie. The sale will include about 25,000 items, set up like a department store! 

You will find many of the popular mall name brands you love. Plus, for the new mom, you will find an array of bouncy seats, exersaucers, high chairs and other great gear to outfit your nursery as well as maternity clothes for you at a fraction of the cost of buying new. 

Sunflower Sprouts shopping details:

🌻Friday, Sept. 29, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Erie Pre-Sale Day! 
Tickets required. Be one of the first people to shop at Sunflower Sprouts and get the BEST SELECTION!  Presale tickets available now!

What is a Presale? Our pre-sale day is a special shopping time for early birds, expectant parents, new parents, grandparents, foster and adoptive parents, parents of multiples, working parents, Frontline workers, and daycare and preschool staff!

🌻Saturday, Sept. 30, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Open to the public! 
Everyone is welcome! There is no entrance fee! Come and shop our great deals!

🌻Sunday, Oct. 1, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Discount Day! 
Everyone is welcome! There is no entrance fee! Most items are 50% off!

Find more details about the Sunflower Sprouts Consignment Sale in Erie.

1. Make a list of your must-haves

Seriously, an actual list on paper or typed into your phone. Because once you get into the shopping venue, the excitement could make you forget something. List your kids, their sizes (including shoe size), and their inseam of current pants could be helpful as well. Then write down your kids’ favorite colors to wear at the moment as well. Casually ask, “Tommy, if you were picking between a green shirt and a red shirt, which would you wear?” This can only help you so just tuck these nuggets of info in the back of your mind for decision-making time. Your list should probably read in this order: clothing items – accessory items – toy favorites – book favorites – sports items – or something similar. Those are your guidelines.

Now, what does each child need clothing-wise? Pajamas are typically on 100% of lists. Finding them at a fraction of the cost of new is a win for sure. Play clothes? Same concept – you are looking for mix-and-match items in good condition that don’t require a lot of thought. Some type of shoes/boots/sandals are usually on everyone’s list as well.

Accessory items always tend to be tied to the season. Spring consignment sale and headed on vacation soon? I’m putting a child’s suitcase on there – that could be really special for them. Fall consignment sale and Halloween’s coming? Straight to the costume section.

Next are the toy favorites! Is there a love of Peppa Pig in your house? Star Wars? Lego building and construction toys? Anything in John Deere green? You can almost certainly find at least one special toy for each child at your local sale.

The book section is a place where you can save a ton of money. With most kids’ books costing a minimum of $6 even at the Scholastic Book Fair, finding great titles at a fraction of the cost is like finding four-leaf clovers in your yard. So, stock up on favorite authors, series and genres.

Lastly, don’t forget your kids’ sports items that may be needed on your list. Your daughter may just be starting ballet or tap dance. This is a great place to find the shoes and leotards that she needs. Your son is a baseball great, but his pants continually get holes from sliding into second base? This is an awesome opportunity to stock up on second pairs of baseball pants and cleats.

2. Now that your list is made, it is time to plan to shop early!

The expression “the early bird gets the worm” is never more appropriate than in consignment sale shopping. There are two ways to do this and both options are on the table for you. A. You can volunteer to help as support staff at the sale you will be shopping. B. You can pay to shop during the Early Bird Shopping times. Tickets are available now for the Erie pre-sale on the Sunflower Sprouts website!

Now, your available time may be the deciding factor in this decision. Let’s discuss.

Volunteering at a consignment sale is not a hard option. The jobs are easy, fun and do not require critical decision-making skills. The jobs include organizing, bagging for a cashier, or sorting items at the end. It does require three hours or more of your time and you would have to arrange that into your schedule. This could mean booking Grandma to take your kids for the afternoon or day and hey, that might be reason enough to say Sign Me Up! Most sales will offer earlier and earlier shopping times depending on the number of hours that you work. The more hours you work, the earlier you get to shop. So, based on your schedule and if you are looking to get in and search before anyone else – you can determine if that means you want to work one shift, two shifts on different days, or just one full day to get in the hours. In my experience, the sales are very flexible letting you pick a schedule that works for you. Hours are not assigned randomly to you, you are choosing from a drop-down menu of shifts that are available. Sign up here to help at the Sunflower Sprouts Consignment Sale in Erie!

Your other option is to pay to get into the sale just prior to the public opening. This is typically called an Early Bird Sale. You can usually buy your ticket online or it may just be a cash entry fee at the door. If you choose this option, you will be two steps behind those who worked at the sale. The workers shop first, followed by the people consigning, followed by the early birds. But you will be ahead of the hundreds of people who just show up for any public sale day and take their chances. Tickets are available only in advance for the Sunflower Sprouts Pre-Sale. Get your pre-sale tickets now!

3. As your shopping time approaches, it’s time to get your act together to be ready to shop

Because it is an EVENT, honey. You do not want to walk in there with just your list and a prayer.  So, here’s a list of basics and options you will need to make your shopping experience fun, and as non-stressful as possible. 

  •   Don’t forget that list we worked on.
  •   Most importantly: Something to shop into.  Depending on the size of your list, you need to determine if you just need to bring large shopping bags (think IKEA-sized or the large ThirtyOne handled bags), a laundry basket with a rope or belt attached to it, or a wagon.  These are all good options and are all regularly used.  Basically, you must have something to put all your STUFF in while you walk around and shop.  The good sales will have some sort of holding area to put large items that you are purchasing in so you don’t have to drag them around, but you will still be carrying a fair amount of treasures for a period of time.  Plan accordingly.
  •   A water bottle and some sort of snack if you need nourishment.
  •   Wear comfy shoes and clothes.  Remember that it can sometimes get hot inside a venue with a lot of people inside.
  •   A Cell phone – you may want to look up the retail price of an item to see if it’s a good deal. 
  • A small tape measure – it can help to measure inseams against your list to confirm that they work for the size you need.
  • Cash or Credit cards – Sunflower Sprouts accepts both! 

4. Now it’s time to consider whether you are bringing your own kiddos to shop with you.

I’ll just say it upfront – If you have the means to get a babysitter or shop while they are at school or Grandma’s – take that kite string and run with it girl! Soar! It really is a fun day out and you will enjoy it more if you aren’t worried about where the pacifier fell or that your toddler won’t stay seated in the stroller and just wants to run wild in the sea of tricycles.

That being said, in my experience, it is a 50/50 experience, with half the parents bringing their kids to shop with them and half leaving the kids at home. I know moms who leave their kids at home but who come to the sale with a shopping list FROM THEIR KIDS, which is a total laugh out loud to me. Yes Mom, I want a purple bike helmet, Junie B. Jones books, a keyboard, and a baton for twirling. But so totally cool too!

Just add some preparation if you plan on bringing your kids to the sale. Bring a snack or drink for them. Go to the restroom before entering. They will be overjoyed to see the toy room, and it can be like walking into Santa’s Workshop. Prepare them ahead of time with the promise of choosing a favorite toy while shopping. You know the drill.

5. Prioritize your shopping order

This is where your list that we made initially comes in handy. If you have a big item on your list, like a stroller or highchair or toddler bed or a bike, I like to say head there first. You want to ensure yourself the best selection to choose from, and you can then have a sales helper take the item right to the hold area or grab your claim ticket for that item. Everyone’s priorities and strategies can differ from there. If I’ve got my kids with me, I’m heading to the clothing before they get bored and cranky. Several people will head to the shoes before the clothing because of the great savings and wanting to choose multiple pairs. If you are shopping for boys ages 4-10, then I might suggest heading to their clothing section first because there is typically less selection in those sizes just because boys wear out their clothes faster. Boys + trucks on the floor = holes in the knees of everything. 

Basically, everyone’s shopping order will be different, but it should be what works for you. Have fun with it!

Whew! I feel ready to shop now! You too? We'll see you at Sunflower Sprouts Erie Consigment Sale Sept. 30 and Oct. 1. And don't forget the pre-sale Sept. 29!

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All photos in this article are from the Sunflower Sprouts 2023 spring sale in Erie.