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It's that time of year again -- time to mark you calendars in preparation for scoring some deals at massive resale events!
Please follow the links provided to learn more about each resale's individual policies: Some are free to enter, others charge a small admission. Some of the events ban children, strollers, wagons or laundry baskets. Most sell items for half-price later in the day. And most are still looking for volunteers to help out -- volunteers get to shop the presale, usually held a day before the event is open to the general public.
Before you head out, especially if you're a resale novice, you'll want to read our guest columnist Edith Tarter's tips for making the most of these types of events.
Know of a resale we don't have listed here? Add it in the comments section. Happy shopping!
Timothy Christian Schools’ Children’s Spring Toy & Clothing Resale: Saturday, March 3, from 8 a.m. to noon in the school gym, located at 188 W. Butterfield Road in Elmhurst.
Owen Elementary School Spring/Summer Children's Resale: Saturday, March 3, from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. and then from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the school gym, located at 1560 Westglen Drive in Naperville.
Western Avenue School Semi-Annual Clothing Sale: Friday, March 9, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday, March 10, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the school, located at 1500 Western Avenue in Geneva.
John Shields and McDole Elementary Toy and Clothing Resale: Friday, March 9, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday, March 10, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Sugar Grove Community House at 141 S. Main Street in Sugar Grove, near Cross and Route 47.
Double Blessings Spring/Summer Resale: This DuPage County-area multiples club is holding its resale Saturday, March 10, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the DuPage County Fairgrounds, 2015 W. Manchester Road in Wheaton, in the Exhibition Building.
DuPage Doubles Clothing & Equipment Sale: Saturday, March 10, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Main Exhibit Hall (West Side) at the DuPage County Fairgrounds, located at 2015 Manchester Road in Wheaton.
DuPage Chapter Mothers & More Semi-Annual Clothing and Toy Resale Fundraiser: Saturday, March 10, from 7:30 a.m. to noon and then from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. for the 1/2 price sale. The sale is at the DuPage County Fairgrounds, Home Economics Building, 2015 Manchester Road in Wheaton.
Oswego Area Mothers & More Children’s Clothing & Toy Resale: Saturday, March 10, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Long Beach Elementary School at 67 Long Beach Road in Montgomery.
Tri-Cities Mothers of Twins and Triplets Club: Saturday, March 17, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Mooseheart Field House, Route 31 and Mooseheart Road between North Aurora and Batavia.
Kaneland John Stewart Spring Clothing Sale: Friday, April 13, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday, April 14, from 8 a.m. to noon. The sale will be held in the Kaneland John Stewart Gym, located at 817 Prairie Valley Drive in Elburn.
North Elementary School Children’s Clothing & Toy Resale: Saturday, April 14, from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the Sycamore High School Field House, located on Spartan Train just northwest of Route 23 (DeKalb Avenue) in Sycamore.
Bugaboo Children’s Consignment Sale: Friday, April 20, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, April 21, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Kendall County Fairgrounds, located at Route 71 and E. Highpoint Road in Yorkville.
Triplet Tree Semi-Annual Spring & Summer Children's Clothing, Toy & Equipment Resale: Saturday, April 21, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Bethany United Methodist Church, 2200 Ridge Ave. in Aurora. The sale doesn't have a website, so here are the details: The cash-only sale will feature gently used spring and summer clothes for newborn on up, as well as maternity clothes, toys, games, videos, books and equipment (portable cribs, walkers, etc.) The sale will close from 11:45 a.m to noon and re-open at noon until 1 p.m. for ½ price on select items. No strollers or wagons, please. Instead, it is suggested you bring a laundry basket to hold your purchases. Questions? Contact Laura at firstname.lastname@example.org
Curly Q Children's Clothing & Toy Consignment Sale: Friday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the "Trades 1 Building" at the Kane County Fairgrounds, located at 525 S. Randall Road in St. Charles.
Material Girl Spring Consignment Sale: Friday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the "Trades 1 Building" at the Kane County Fairgrounds, located at 525 S. Randall Road in St. Charles.
Steck Elementary's Children's Clothing, Equipment & Toy Resale: Saturday, April 28, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the school, located at 460 Inverness Drive in Aurora.