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

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25 Books of Christmas Tradition

25 Books of Christmas!

This is our third year doing the 25 Books of Christmas and I get a lot of questions about it so I wanted to write up how we do it and share some ideas for where to buy the books and how to display them!

What it is:  Like most crafty mom ideas, this one came from Pinterest.  The general idea is this- wrap up 25 books, let your kid open one every night leading up to Christmas (so open first book on November 30th, last book on Christmas Eve).  We always read “Twas the Night Before Christmas” on the 24th but otherwise the books are in no particular order.

Where to buy the books:  Most of my books are from the local consignment sales.  Kansas City Moms, I’ve had the best luck finding holiday books at the Just Between Friends Overland Park sale.  They are in a bin marked “Christmas books.” Go to the presale for the best selection. You’ll find them at the fall sale but sometimes I see them in the spring sale too.  Other places to find books: Half Price Books, Amazon (check out the used option, you can find titles for super cheap there), and Marshalls/TJ Maxx also has a great selection of holiday books at a discounted rate.

What books to get:  This is totally up to you.  I do NOT buy a new set of 25 books a year.  Props to you if you are bout that life but I am not, lol.  I usually add one or two new books a year and retire some of the books that Gretchen has outgrown (board books, lift the flap, etc).  Our 25 books are all Christmas or winter themed.  I know some that don’t go for a theme but just 25 random books.  I keep with the theme and after the holiday season is over the books go in a bin back to the basement.  So they are “new” every year.

Here are the books I am using this year.  For a complete list of all the books we’ve used since starting the tradition check out my board on Pinterest.

  1. Twas the Night Before Christmas
  2. Olivia Helps Save Christmas
  3. Frosty the Snowman
  4. Angelina’s Christmas
  5. Llama Llama Holiday Drama
  6. Christmas Wombat
  7. The Twelve Days of Christmas
  8. How Do Dinosaurs Say Merry Christmas?
  9. Little Blue Truck’s Christmas
  10. The Polar Express
  11. Snowmen at Christmas
  12. Madeline’s Christmas
  13. Bear Stays Up for Christmas
  14. If You Take a Mouse to the Movies
  15. Snowmen at Night
  16. Merry Christmas Everybody (a Grover story)
  17. Corduroy’s Christmas
  18. The Littlest Christmas Tree
  19. Merry Christmas Curious George
  20. Chick n Pug Christmas
  21. Madeline in Texas
  22. Clifford’s First Christmas
  23. A Charlie Brown Christmas
  24. Paddington Bear and the Christmas Surprise
  25. My March to the Manger

How to display your books: Pinterest is full of ideas for this, but here are the ways I’ve done it.

2013:  Wrapped each book and numbered them.  Displayed them in Gretchen’s front facing bookshelf.

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2014:  Wrapped each book but did not number them.  Placed them in a basket under the tree. Let Gretchen pick a random book each night.  (She was 2 so telling her which book to choose was not gonna happen).

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2015:  Laziness won out and I did not wrap the books this year!  Instead I put the name of each book in one of these little envelopes from an advent kit I got at Michaels on clearance last year.  She will open the envelopes from 25 down to 1 (good way for her to practice her numbers!) and we will bring her the book from wherever we decide to stash them.

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Anyone else do this tradition?  Would love to know what books you use and how you display them!