Visit CampusBookRentals and to save on college text book costs

It’s been a long time since I was in college. No comments from the peanut gallery, thanks. But I do remember how expensive textbooks were then, and they still are now. Back then (and now I’m leaning on my cane and wagging my finger) we didn’t have computers or the internet, so your only method of getting any money back was to have the campus bookstore buy them back, or you did a handwritten sign and posted it all over campus. Seems laughable now, huh? And you know that one commercial where the guys buy a video game, then they take it back to the store to have it purchased back, and the guy offers them about 10% of the original cost–that’s what selling textbooks used to be like. The campus bookstore, on a good day, would give you 10-20% of what you paid for it. But it was always at the end of the semester, and we were all broke, so we took it.

Thankfully technology and the internet has made some of this better for today’s students. First, there is CampusBookRentals, where you can lease/loan your textbooks rather than purchasing them. “Oh, but then I can’t highlight in them……” You can! Here are just some of the program options:

-save 40-90% off of bookstore prices
-free shipping both ways
-can highlight in the textbooks
-flexible renting periods
-we donate to Operation Smile with each textbook rented

There also is an option called RentBack, where you actually rent out the text books you own. Depending on what you paid for the books, you could actually make more money than what you paid for it! And at the end of it all, you still have the text for your resource library if you want.
You can watch this to learn more about what they do.

And, after all that, the folks at CampusBookRental take the time to help out at Operation Smile! How cool is that? You save money, they help a great cause, sounds win-win to me!

JBF Philly in REVIEW

I had the opportunity to check out JBFPhilly’s pre-sale event today, along with quite a few blogger friends, thanks to Joey Fortman with Real Mom Media. This is, quite honestly, the largest consignment sale I have ever been to, and I have been to many. I am so sad I didn’t get a picture for you so you could see just how HUGE it is. I was so overwhelmed for a minute as I just stood there and looked.

kids consignment sale

So here’s the deal. This sale is NOT in Philly. It’s in Oaks at The Expo Center and we have all the details on our calendar HERE – dates, times, how you pay, where it is.  The great thing is that they also have a digital sign directing traffic because if you ever went to the Expo Center you know it’s big with different halls. You are going to want Hall C. Yeah, the big hall.

Take  re-usable bags (or use theirs), cash, Mastercard, Visa, or Discover and shop away! Go crazy, have fun, shop your heart out. Just so you know, the first day you will need a pass to get in or pay $3 admission. You can print a free admission pass at this LINK. I am planning to go back Saturday for their 1/2 price sale. I am so happy with how much selection they had. Many kids’ sales have almost no boys jeans, let alone jeans that are in excellent condition so that was my find of the day. Have you seen how much a pair of boys jeans cost now??!! My other finds of the day were the L.L. Bean boots and U.S. Polo jeans.

They not only have kids’ clothes, toys, furniture, equipment, and accessories but they have a mommy mart with tons of Vera Bradley, Kitchen Aid, and many more items for you and your home.

Tips for buying -

Make sure you know your kids’ sizes
Measure pants’ lengths with string and take it with you.
Measure shirt sleeves’ lengths also.
Trace you kids foot so you have a size to go by when looking at shoes. Then
you can slip it int eh shoe and see if it will work .

Check clothes well -
Check seams
Check for fading
Check for missing buttons
Make sure zippers work
Check for fraying or tears and stains

Double check the size on the item of clothing itself.

I spent $79.42 and got 21 items. After the $25 JBF Bucks we were given today, I spent $54.42 out of pocket.

South Pole shirt – $3
(2) Children’s Place sweater – $5 each
Gap corduroys – $2
Old Navy fleece – $5
Osh Kosh white shirt – $3.50
Carters orange plaid pajama set – $2.50
Children’s Place plaid button up shirt – $3
Toughskins shirt – $4
Children’s Place shirt – $3
Lei 100% cotton shirt – $3
Children’s Place skirt – $4
(2) Old Navy jeans, size 6 boys – $4
Old Navy jeans, boys, size 6 – $5
US Polo jeans, boys size 6 – $3
Gap jeans, size 6 – $5
L.L. Bean suede boots, girls – $3
TKS Black boys dress shoes, never worn – $5
Barbie Rapunzel DVD – $5
Tale of Despereaux DVD – $2

kids consignment sale


When you walk in the door toys are straight ahead. Walk straight past them to shoes. Behind shoes you will find boys clothes on the left and girls clothes on the right. To the right of toys are baby carriers, accessories, diaper bags, and Vera Bradley bags. In front of those tables are Games, DVDs. On  the right hand wall you have the mommy mart, pack and plays, bouncy seats, car seats, strollers, other equipment, and books.

Check out will be to the left of toys but you need to go back towards clothes to enter the check out line. There is a holding area to the back, right of girls and maternity clothes.

Interested in consigning? Sign up for next season.

Thanks to Tracy and Beth with JBF for inviting Real Mom Media and all of us in to check out #JBFPhilly


Consignment Sale: Pass it On (Wayne, Pa)

I got the consignment sale fever. For around 4 years I have been faithfully shopping kids’ consignment sales every season. I credit my $175-$250 seasonal budgets on THREE kids to the ability to shop these sales. This is the first year I have consigned any of my things and after the first sale I am hooked.  I took the rest of my un-sold items (and a few more things I pulled together) and into another consignment sale they go – Pass it On in Wayne, PA.

I have never consigned here before but I am so excited to be part of this sale and see how it works out for me. I am really disappointed I won’t actually get there to volunteer (and buy) because I would love to be in the middle of it all. I am hoping I can stop in on my way out of town because I need kids’ clothes for winter BADLY!! (Would it be bad to get to my husband’s family reunion a little late so I can shop first?)

With baby,  kid and maternity clothes, toys, books and movies,  baby equipment, furniture, and accessories, there are usually plenty of items to fit into any budget and help those dollars stretch a bit farther.

What I have loved about the Pass it On sale in the past is that it wasn’t in one huge open room. There was plenty of space but things were separated out nicely so I didn’t have to navigate around tons of tables, rows of stuff on the floor, and I most certainly didn’t need a map of the area, which is a pain when you just want to get in and shop….but not lost and bewildered. It helps make it a little less overwhelming.

Another thing I love about this sale is that 100% of the profits go to the Salvation Army Red Shield Family Residence in Philadelphia. The women who coordinate this take on such a big job, not even to profit from it but to share with others in needs. If you aren’t familiar with the Salvation Army Red shield Family Residence, it is  emergency housing shelter that is safe and welcoming. it offers  non-judgmental services with respect and  compassion. Their goal is to help the residence gain self sufficiency. Many of the families sheltered here are young mothers with babies. What a fitting charity for a kids’ consignment sale to choose to serve.

WHEN:  September 22, 10 AM – 1 PM. You can also find it listed on our calendar of events.

WHERE: Wayne Presbyterian Church
125 E.Lancaster Ave.
Wayne, PA 19087



Have you been to this sale before?

Do you have any tips and tricks for consigning?

We would love to hear from you.

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