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Montreal Families

Consignment shops help families save $$$










As spring cleaning season approaches, savvy families can clear out the clutter and earn a few dollars by turning to the consignment shops around Montreal. And parents searching for kids’ clothes and gear will also find bargains at these stores.

In fact, consignment shops make perfect sense today when economic uncertainty is making people cut back on their spending. These shops also appeal to families who are recycling and reusing items to promote a greener planet.

In Pointe Claire, Village d’Enfants has been turning a brisk trade in almost new clothing and accessories for more than a decade. Manager Melissa Melchiorre says the store’s consignment section, for newborns to 16-year-olds, takes up twice the floor space as their new clothes. That’s probably because items like a Peg Perego stroller that retails for more than $800 can be had for a mere $150 and Ralph Lauren pants go for $9.99.

The store takes appointments twice a year to accept items on consignment, but you must book early. Their spring summer appointment calendar for March and April is already full, although sometimes there are cancellations. Bookings for August and September, where fall and winter items are considered, are taken as early as June. Village d’Enfants is always in the market for car seats and other accessories.

Sellers can expect to get 40 per cent of the sale price and store credit for amounts under $20. Unsold items are returned to sellers or donated to charity at the end of August or the end of February. For shoppers, sales are held in January and February, and during summer months.

Buying and selling second-hand clothes might take a bit more time but the bargains are irresistible. Refilling your closet with consignment sales is also a worthy endeavour, allowing you to outfit your tot in style while still doing your part for the planet.

Clothes, shoes and … a job

Looking for more than just a deal on an Anna Sui jacket? Then check out the Renaissance Fripe-Prix stores where your purchases help the company offer a work integration program for those having difficulty finding a job. At the Renaissance stores, workers receive 26 weeks of training in positions such as retail sales, maintenance, material handling and bookkeeping. Participants also receive job-search coaching and support for two years after they complete the program.

For details on Fripe-Prix store locations and what you can find at them, visit www.fripe-prix.ca. To find out about the Renaissance project, visit www.renaissancequebec.ca.

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