Fall 2017 Consignment Sales

ThankYouHere is my biannual list of Kansas City’s consignment sales!  Not a comprehensive list as we have dozens of them in the metro area, but these are the big ones that are great for shopping and selling at each season!

Kids Closet Connection of Overland Park: August 2-5
Overland Park Convention Center: 6000 College Blvd, Overland Park, KS 66213

Just Between Friends All Seasons/Back to School: August 4-6
JCCC Gym 12345 College Blvd, Overland Park KS 66210

Rhea Lana’s of the Northland: August 5-9
KCI Expo Center 11730 N Ambassador Dr. KCMO

Just Between Friends Lees Summit: August 25-27
The Pavillion at John Knox Village: 520 NW Murray Rd, Lees Summit, MO 64081

Rhea Lana’s of Lees Summit: September 10-16
840 Southwest Blue Parkway, Lees Summit, MO

Kids Closet Connection of Lees Summit: September 13-16
Harris Park Community Center 110 SW Blue Pkwy Lees Summit, MO 64063  

Just Between Friends Northland: September 15-17th
PAC Complex: 6014 Missouri 9 Hwy, Parkville, MO 64152  

Rhea Lana’s of Overland Park: September 17-23rd
9101 Quivira Rd. Overland Park KS (north of Court Furniture)

Here We Grow Again Olathe/Overland Park: September 18-23
(tentative date/location)
11934 South Strang Line, Olathe KS 66062

Just Between Friends of Overland Park: October 5-8
Overland Park Convention Center 6000 College Blvd. Overland Park, KS 66211


Spring 2017 Consignment Sales


In past year’s I’ve just put this info in a Google Doc and shared that but thought I’d put it on my blog going forward as it makes it easier to find and share!  This is not a comprehensive of all of the consignment sales in the KC area as there are a ton of them.  I’ve pared the list down to the bigger and more popular sales that are most often recommended for shopping and consigning.

Spring 2017 Consignment Sales

Just Between Friends Lees Summit: February 24-26th
The Pavillion at John Knox Village: 520 NW Murray Rd, Lees Summit, MO 64081

Rhea Lana’s of the Northland: Feb 26 – March 2
Picture Hills Shopping Center 6501 N Cosby Ave KCMO

Rhea Lana’s of Overland Park: Feb 26 – March 4 
9101 Quivira Rd. Overland Park KS (north of Court Furniture)

Here We Grow Again Olathe/Overland Park: Feb 27 – March 4
11934 South Strang Line, Olathe KS 66062  

Kids Closet Connect of Lees Summit: March 1-4
Harris Park Community Center 110 SW Blue Pkwy Lees Summit, MO 64063  

Just Between Friends of Shawnee: March 2-5 
Parkway Shopping Center: 11225 Shawnee Mission Pkwy, Shawnee KS 66203

Just Between Friends of Overland Park: March 16-19
Ritz Charles: 9000 W 137th St. Overland Park KS

Just Between Friends Northland:  March 17-19
PAC Complex: 6014 Missouri 9 Hwy, Parkville, MO 64152

Rhea Lana’s of Lee’s Summit: April 9-13
13720 A Highway 40 East, Independence, MO

Kids Closet Connection of Overland Park: April 12-15
Overland Park Convention Center: 6000 College Blvd, Overland Park, KS 66213 


Fall Fun Wrap Up

Our fall ended up getting a little crazy.  Between Gretchen breaking her leg and the exciting World Series win for the Royals, it was a very eventful fall!

We accomplished almost everything on our list with two exceptions.  We decided not to do family photos this fall since Gretchen was in her bright orange cast during prime photo season, and we didn’t make it to the Midwest Balloon Fest (not really torn up about that, it sounds like the event was a bit of a disaster with very few actual hot air balloons on display!)

Here’s what we did check off the list, in no particular order!


Go trick or treating


Go apple picking (we made it out to Cider Hill Family Orchard twice this season)


Make a Thanksgiving craft


Night of the Living Farm at Deanna Rose


Go on a hike (we did a fall scavenger hunt at the Overland Park Arboretum)


Have a cider slush (perfect after apple picking in August, lol!


Fall craft


Pumpkin hollow at Deanna Rose


Make an apple pie


Visit the pumpkin patch (we visited KC Pumpkin Patch at their new location)


Maple Leaf Festival in Baldwin City, KS


Roast pumpkin seeds


Decorate pumpkins


Host a Halloween party


Drink hot apple cider and eat cider donuts (visit to the Louisburg Cider Mill)
Not pictured:
Make applesauce
Make pumpkin pancakes
Make a pumpkin recipe

31 Weeks at Deanna Rose Farmstead

When Deanna Rose opened for the season on April 1st we didn’t set out to go every week until they closed on October 31st, it just kind of started to happen and as the season went on we made a point of making a visit each week.  Most weeks I took her, some weeks Tyler did, sometimes we went together, and while we were on vacation she went with her grandparents.

I love seeing the animals and the flowers grow throughout the season.  There is so much to enjoy and discover there, we never got bored with it.  Also, it’s free Mondays – Thursdays, can’t beat that!  Usually we only did one side or the other.  Sometimes we only went to play on the playgrounds or see the goats.  During the hottest parts of the summer went during their evening hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Much cooler and MUCH less crowded.  Those were some of my favorite visits.  We made some great memories and I’m so sad it will be closed for the next 5 months.

Some pictures that chronicle our adventures at the farmstead this year.



First time meeting her favorite goat, Benjamin.  AKA “the goat with no ears”



Bottle feeding Benjamin for the first time, he is a hungry little goat.



Every time we went she had to check up on him and see how he was doing


Introducing Daddy to Benjamin



She loves the colorful garden stones throughout the children’s garden and butterfly trail


First time fishing, sadly we didn’t catch any.


First time riding the ponies.


Her legs were too short for the pedal tractors this year but I bet by next spring she’ll be doing it!



I love watching things sprout and grow in the children’s garden.


She loves to sing the alphabet song while she walks along the alphabet stones.




Summer evening. We pretty much had the whole place to ourselves.


The butterfly garden, love the creative ways they grow things out here.



Showdown with a very territorial rooster


Only time we saw all three bunnies out.


She loved to find the “G” brick.



Playing in the little cabin with her daddy.


Trip to the farm with her 5 cousins.



Watching the baby ducks swim.


Holding hands with her cousin Hosanna


Milking the “cows” with two of her cousins


Feeding the ducks with Hosanna and Karis


Checking on Benjamin (can you spot him by now?)


That one time a rooster got loose and chased us down.


Feeding duck food to the fish.




Hay bale slide at Pumpkin Hollow


Visiting Pumpkin Hollow with a friend


Riding the cow train for the first time





Night of the Living Farm (with her broken leg)


Last visit to the farm this season


Absolutely loves dancing to the Disney songs at the gazebo


Til next year Deanna Rose!

Summer Fun Wrap Up

You can see my entire summer fun list here.

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Make popcicles– we used our awesome Zoku popcicle maker for the first time during potty training weekend.

Go to a Royals game– we went for free thanks to tickets from Tyler’s work.  Gretchen’s favorite part was watching them warm up, she still talks about it!

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Weekly visits to Deanna Rose Farmstead– we often went as a family during the evening hours on Tues/Thurs but also each took her on our own at various points.  We had so much fun there this summer!  We haven’t missed a week since they opened in April!  Gretchen loves visiting her favorite goat, Benjamin.  Most memorable trip was when Tyler got attacked by a rooster.

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Berry picking– we picked Strawberries at Wohletz U-Pick in Lawrence and blueberries at The Berry Patch in Cleveland, MO.

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Visit a new park: we did this many times this summer, but our favorite new park is probably Little Mill Creek North.

Feed the ducks: another fun activity at Deanna Rose.  When Gretchen’s 5 cousins were in town we took them there one night and the kids enjoyed feeding the ducks together.

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Have a picnic in a park/go to an outdoor concert: two birds with one stone!  We had a fabulous picnic while listening to a blues band at one of the Overland Park Sunday evening concerts.  Joined by two of my favorite Oklahomans 🙂

Visit a new pool: we went to Splash Cove several times this summer, Gretchen loved the water slides and the little wave pool.

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Visit Beanstalk Children’s Garden: This was a HOT summer day and my kid was a crankypants.  Nonetheless, it was a fun outing with one of our mom’s groups.  Gretchen ate a ton of cherry tomatoes right off the plant. Want to visit again next year before it gets crazy hot!

Visit Storyland at Crown Center: We made it out twice this summer, once right after it opened and again right before it closed. This was a fun exhibit, can’t wait for the next free exhibit in the winter!

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Visit a farm: I organized a tour of Shatto Dairy Farm back in June.  It was a bit of a hot mess between collecting money from over 50 other families and then a torrential horrible downpour during the 90 minute drive to the farm.  Wish we could have a do-over!  Gretchen loved sampling all the different flavors of milk but her favorite part was probably the barn kittens.

3 year photos: My friend Brooke German took Gretchen’s 3 year photos and they turned out great!  Can’t wait to get family photos done with her this fall!

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Wash a car: this was a fun activity on a hot summer night. She loved soaping up the car and quickly moved on to helping us wash our real car!

Ride an outdoor carousel: she got to do this a few times this summer.  At the Omaha Zoo, the K, and the KC Zoo.

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Go to a zoo: Memorial Day weekend we took a trip to Omaha and visited their amazing zoo.

Visit a museum: Also stopped at the Omaha Children’s Museum on our trip.

Other things I don’t have pictures of:

make lemonade
plant flowers
visit the farmers market
do a fun summer craft
Frozen on Ice

Not accomplished:

ice cream truck-  Dude. I don’t know what it is about our cul de sac but the ice cream truck never came by 😦  We would hear him in the nearby neighborhoods but he passed us over.  Maybe next summer!

JoCo Park Tour Summary and Best Of

We were able to visit 13 parks on our tour of Johnson County parks from April-August.  It was a really rainy spring and summer so some of the parks we had to visit as a family as our Friday morning playdates got rained out.  We didn’t make it to Porter Park or Osage Park but I hope to visit them sometime in the future and add them to the list.  Also can’t wait to check out the new playground and splash pad going in where the old Roe Pool was in Overland Park.  It is supposed to open in the spring of 2016. Here is the full list of parks we visited as well as some “best of” list.





Prairie Village

Best parks for a hot day: Franklin Park, Blackhoof Park, Gezer Park.  All three have streams for the kids to play in and the first two are significantly shaded by trees.

Best parks for pretend play: Blackbob Park (castle theme), Frontier Park (pirate ship), and Antioch Park (dodge town)

Best parks for big kids: Little Mill Creek North, Blackhoof Park

Best parks for little kids: Antioch Park, Franklin Park, Blackhoof Park

Best parks for kids that love slides: Little Mill Creek North Park, Sar Ko Par Park, Ironwoods Park, Blackhoof Park, Gezer Park.

Best parks for kids that love to climb: Little Mill Creek North Park, Electric Park, Sar Ko Par Park

Best parks for a kids that like digging in the sand: Franklin Park, Gezer Park, Blackhoof Park

JoCo Park Tour: Electric Park

This was the last stop on our official tour of Johnson County parks, although I hope to add a few more from our own family outings in the future.  Full disclosure: my child was a hot mess this morning.  Cranky and uncooperative so we didn’t get to spend as much time at the park as I would have liked and my pictures are not fantastic, however you’ll get the gist!

Electric Park

9299 Loiret Blvd Lenexa KS 66219


What we love about Electric Park:  The shaded play structure is awesome!  It was HOT this morning but the shade made this part of the playground enjoyable.  We all eventually migrated over there to play in the shade.  Bonus: the playground equipment did not bake in the sun!  This is a newer playground and another one designed by Landscape Structures.  There is a large covered play area, a robe climbing structure, four swings, and a smaller play structure for younger children, also under a canopy.  My daughter loved the little monkey bars on the smaller structure, just her size!  There is a shelter with several picnic tables here as well as bathrooms nearby.


Other things to know about Electric Park:

– there is a huge community garden right next to it, we didn’t get a chance to go check it out but it would be fun to explore.

– this park is right off of 435 and 95th street.  Very accessible to eastern Johnson County.

– also available at this park are volleyball, basketball, and horseshoes and there is a large open field great for ultimate frisbee (do people still play that?) or soccer.