Pass It On Childrens Consignment Sale: Beaverton, Oregon – March 5th – 8th, 2015

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Pass it On Children's Consignment Sale

Pass It On Childrens Consignment Sale – Beaverton, Oregon

Now that it is almost spring, that means a very busy consignment season here in the Northwest. We will have a list of Northwest consignment sales soon for you, but we wanted to first tell you about a huge one that is coming up later this week & all weekend long. This is one of the top children’s consignment sales for the greater Portland area called the Pass it On Childrens Consignment Event, which takes place in Beaverton twice a year.

This year the Pass it On sale will be happening from Thursday March 5th – Sunday March 8th, 2015.  The Pass It On Children’s Consignment sale is very well established as it has been around for a number of years, so you will find an amazing selection of items to shop for, all under one roof!  This sale is totally FREE for admission & plenty of free parking as well.

I am just amazed by the sheer size of this sale (you can get a glimpse by looking at the pictures) as they will have over 100,000 items from 600+ local families.  They will feature everything you could possibly need for babies & children – from Christmas dresses & handmade items to clothes for every age (preemie – juniors plus maternity for women), shoes, toys, baby equipment and gear, books, games, bedding, feeding & more.  Just look at the picture of some of the baby equipment – they have everything from baby furniture, strollers, highchairs, toddler beds, bouncy seats and more!  They will also have Melissa & Doug new items for sale at 20-25% off the retail cost.

I just wish I lived closer as I would totally go to this sale based on the huge selection & size of this sale as I think you could accomplish so much shopping for your children! You could definitely be set for spring & summer, as well as planning ahead for future sizes. Just don’t forget those reusable shopping bags to carry all your items!

Here is the schedule for the sale:

  • Thursday March 5th- 10am – 8pm
  • Friday March 6th - 10am – 8pm (they will have new items on this day as well due to more drop-offs on Thurs night of items)
  • Saturday March 7th- 10am – 5pm
  • Sunday March 8th – 10am – 5pm – many items will be 50% off on this day

Location of Pass It On sale:

Pass It On! Children’s Consignment Sale
18000 NW Evergreen Parkway (former Haggen Store)
Tanasbourne Shopping Center
Beaverton, OR

They do prefer cash, but will accept debit & credit cards with a minimum $15 purchase.

Diaper and Formula Drive:
The Pass It On sale will also be having a diaper and formula drive on all days of the sale. They accept unused/unopened formula & diapers of all sizes for donations. Also, any unsold items donated by consignors will all be donated to the NW Children’s Outreach program.

Have you ever been to the Pass It On Children’s Consignment Sale? If so, let us know what you thought! And if you go this year, we’d love to hear what deals you find! 

Cherry Blossom Viewing at the University of Washington during the Spring

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Cherry Blossom Viewing at University of Washington


If you’ve never headed to the University of Washington campus to see the Cherry blossoms in bloom  on the gorgeous, old cherry trees, it is an amazing sight to see in the springtime. The University of Washington campus has a special area on the campus called the Quad, which is a big grassy area right in the heart of the campus.

Just to give you a little history about these trees, they are Yoshino cherry trees, which originated from Japan & these particular cherry trees were once part of the Washington Park Arboretum across the lake, planted in 1939. However, they were in the section of the Arboretum which was in the path of the 520 bridge, so they transplanted them to the UW campus & all of the trees survived amazingly & are obviously thriving. They are now at least 80 years old, so these trees are very sturdy & large.

Cherry Blossom Viewing at University of Washington

We headed there last year to celebrate my mom’s birthday for the day, as she graduated from the University of Washington years ago, so we thought  it would be fun for her to head there for a beautiful spring day & reminiscence about her years there. Little did we know that this would also turn out to be the prime time for the Cherry Blossoms to be in bloom and it was over the campus’ Spring Break. We had planned to head first to the Arboretum to see the flowers & trees in bloom, but it was so crowded on that beautiful spring afternoon that we were unable to find any parking in the lots or close by, so we decided to head to the UW campus.

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NW Getaway Ideas on a Budget (New Deals Updated Weekly)

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Cheap Weekend Getaways

Living in the Northwest we have so many wonderful options for budget friendly or cheap weekend getaways. Within driving distance we can see the mountains, wine country, beaches, and city getaways. We have access to family vacations, romantic escapes, outdoor vacations or urban site seeing. Plus, you can do many of these things on a budget too!

Here are our favorite picks this week, for some great deals you can get on Pacific Northwest Getaways. Be sure to bookmark this page (or pin it to your travel board here) as we will be updating it weekly with new ideas!

If you want to know what some of these destinations are like, be sure to check out our northwest travel reviews page for some of our favorite affordable getaways (and savings tips).

Seattle Hotels (Washington area):


Leavenworth Getaway for as low as $59 /nt! Stay in the Der Ritterhof Motor Inn, which is set up like a Swiss chalet, for a low as $59/night.  You’ll get a stay for two in a standard queen ($59+/night) or double-queen ($69+/night) room.  Bringing the kids?  Up to two kids ages 5 or younger can stay for FREE in a standard double-queen room.  Your package includes free WiFi in case you can’t be away from your e-mail for long periods of time, a free continental breakfast, and 20% off a meal at Crystal’s Restaurant.  The inn is close to the town’s main street, and a five-minute walk from art galleries, gift shops, and cafes.  Dates are available through June but cannot be changed once book.  Want to know what Leavenworth is like?  Check out our review!


Boutique Hotel Stay with Wi-Fi and Parking Credit at Hotel Deca starting at $89/night.  Valued at $179 a night, enjoy a stay at Hotel Deca for as low as $89 a night.  Hotel Deca is one of Seattle’s premier boutique hotels with a 1930’s vibe.  You’ll be treated to refreshments in the lobby, food and cocktails in The District Lounge, and a $10-per-day parking credit.  This hotel is within walking distance to the University District where you can enjoy restaurants, bars, concerns, and more.  This offer is valid only for dates selected at the time of purchase.  A $15 facility fee and a 15.6% room tax is not included in this deal and must be paid.

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Frugal & Free Activities For Kids / Families in the Northwest!

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Northwest Fun & Frugal Events

Frugal & Free Activities For Kids / Families in the Northwest – Week Of 3/6 – 3/12

Here is this week’s list of family-friendly free or frugal events to do with kids for around the Northwest, as well as some events going on around  the country.  We have decided to go back to the list format as the calendar feature did not turn out to be as user-friendly as we had hoped. Hopefully this list feature will be more helpful for you to find the events quickly that you are interested in! Let us know how you like it & if you have any more feedback on how the Event list is working for you!

If you see a fun, frugal event that’s not listed, feel free to leave a comment so we can add that event to our list.

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Cheap Event Tickets for Seattle Area

Cheap Event Tickets for Portland Area

 Northwest Fun & Frugal Events

Seattle Events Calendar (and surrounding areas throughout the Puget Sound) -

Friday, Mar. 6, 2015 ~

Free Entrance To Bellevue Art Museum – Bellevue; 3/6; 11:00am – 8:00pm. First Friday of the month Bellevue Art Museum offers free admission

Half Off Admission To KidsQuest Children’s Musuem – Factoria; 3/6; 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm; First Friday evening of the month offers free admission.

Unearthing Africa’s Crocs, Dinos & Ancient Civilizations – Seattle; 3/6; 7:00 pm; Join us as Sereno paints a vivid picture of how a lifetime of discoveries and field research carried him to remote corners of the Sahara to discover dozens of new species. Explore the transformations the land, people, and animals have gone through over millions of years under some of the most brutal conditions on Earth.

Free Entrance to the Hands-on Children’s Museum – Olympia; 3/6; 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm; First Friday has free entrance in the evenings.

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Snowshoeing at Mt Rainier – Affordable Family Hike during the Winter & Spring Season.

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Snowshoeing at Mt Rainier - Tips on Where to Find Snowshoes, What to Bring & more

This winter season has been a very unusual season with so little snow in the mountains and many people have been disappointed to not make it skiing or sledding up to the mountains. We found out a few weeks ago, though, that even though there is not enough snow for regular snow play up at Mt Rainier, there is another fun activity you can take advantage of during the winter and spring at Mt Rainier and it gives you a chance to experience the beauty of winter at Mt Rainier from different vantage points. This is not only a winter sport either, as the snow at Mt Rainier lasts well into most of the spring.

Snowshoeing is an affordable sport as we found out and the great thing is that there are so many places you could go snowshoeing which opens up a whole other world that you wouldn’t normally be able to experience and see in the winter time without a way to access this beauty.

Snowshoeing Fun at Mt Rainier

Even better, this was an enjoyable, fun family activity. We took our 6 & 8 year old daughters and they found the snowshoes very easy to use as they are quite short in length for kids & they didn’t feel like it was much harder than just walking along the hike.  As you can see…one of our daughters liked it more than the other (this was about 2 minutes into our hike). :) But once she got going, she ended up really enjoying it too!

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Rock & Worship Road Show – $10 a ticket – Mercy Me, David Crowder Band & more

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Rock & Worship Road Show

The Rock & Worship Road show is coming back to the Northwest in a few weeks! This concert will be featuring shows by Mercy Me, David Crowder Band, Matt Maher, Jamie Grace, Tedashii, Group 1 Crew, Shaun Groves, I am They & Jon Guerra.  Tickets are only $10 a person & you will be able to see all the performers for this one low price. There is no assigned seating, so you will be able to sit where you want to – so the earlier you get there, the better if you want the really good seat!

We’ve been to this show the last few years & always enjoy it – they put on an incredible show! We even took our girls last year as they love Jamie Grace!

Upcoming Northwest Shows:

Kent Showare Center – Thursday March 12th

Boise Taco Bell Arena – Friday March 13th

Portland Moda Center, OR –  Saturday March 14th

Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena, WA – Sunday March 15th

Make sure to check out our free & frugal family activities list for more family fun ideas around the Northwest and around the country.

Read with a Daffodil Princess Event at Pierce County Libraries – Saturday February 28th

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Read with a Daffodil Princess

The Daffodil Princesses are back for another event this season to read with children at local libraries. They will be at several Tacoma libraries, in addition to other libraries around Pierce County. This is the chance for your kids to get up close & get to know this year’s Daffodil Princesses!

The times will  all be different at the various libraries, so make sure to check the specific time for your local library. This will be our 5th year attending this event and I have been so impressed with the Daffodil Princess organization every time we go. I love that my girls can meet these strong & lovely young ladies who they can look up to.

Don’t forget to check out more fun & frugal family events going on around the Northwest this weekend!

My oldest with 2 of the princesses 4 years ago

The princesses spend close to an hour reading & chatting with the girls.  My girls just adore the princesses and love the opportunity to visit with them. The girls are always so great about getting down on the floor, in their big, poufy dresses & interacting with them.

Here’s the schedule of their visits to Tacoma & Pierce County area Libraries:

Tacoma libraries:

10:30am – Downtown Tacoma Main Library

10:30am – Kobetich Library

10:30 am – South Tacoma library

10:30am – Tacoma Swasey library

1:30pm – Mottet Library/Tacoma

2pm – Tacoma Moore library

Pierce County Libraries:

10:30am – Graham library

11am – Puyallup library

11:30am – Buckley Library

1pm – Orting Library

1pm – Key Peninsula Library

Professional Bull Riders Invitational Discount Tickets for Seattle – Starting at $34

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Professional Bull Riders Discount Tickets

Professional Bull Riders Invitational Discount Tickets for Seattle

~ As low as $34/ticket  ~

If you enjoy bull riding, there is a special Seattle Invitational for the Professional Bull Riders’ Built Ford Tough series coming to the Key Arena on March 27th, 2015. This is the first time they have been back since 2011 and it sounds like quite the show. Everything from pyrotechnics and explosions to kick off the night and then the professional bull riders will put on a 2 hour show.

The Bull Riders show will be on March 27th at 8pm at Key Arena in Seattle and ticket prices range from $34 – $64 (regularly $54 – $104) on Goldstar, a discount ticket site,  so that’s a significant savings if you’re wanting to see this show.

Here’s more information about the show:

For cowboys, the first rule of bull riding is simple: Try to stay alive. The stakes can’t get any higher than that, so there’s no more exciting place to be than ringside when the Professional Bull Riders’ Built Ford Tough Series charges into KeyArena. Returning to the Emerald City for the first time since 2011, the Seattle Invitational begins with pyrotechnics, explosions and flames, then the excitement really ramps up as the toughest cowboys on the planet attempt to ride the meanest, largest and most dangerous bulls bred anywhere in the world. Every second counts in this two-hour thrill ride filled with heart-stopping action that’s guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat.

Make sure to check out more Goldstar discounted entertainment events happening around the Northwest!

Portland Jazz Festival Discount Tickets – As low as $9

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Portland Jazz Festival Discount Tickets

Goldstar, one of our favorite site that offers discount entertainment options, is offering discount tickets for the Portland Jazz Festival. Tickets are 50% off the regular price for three different dates. Tickets range from $9 – $11 (reg price $18 – $22).

Dates for the Discount Tickets:

  • Monday February 23
  • Wednesday February 25
  • Thursday February 26

 Here’s more information about the Jazz Festival:

Every February, the Portland Jazz Festival brings some of the most exciting names in jazz to venues throughout the city. Timed to coincide with and celebrate Black History Month, the two-week PDX Jazz Fest is dedicated to preserving America’s indigenous art form by presenting internationally recognized jazz masters alongside local jazz musicians. This year’s performers include ’70s crossover legend Freda Payne (“Band of Gold”) with The Mel Brown Quintet, Bay Area hero Jackie Ryan and 2015 Portland Jazz Master Wayne Thompson’s tribute to Oscar-winning French composer Michel Legrand, soulful pianist Joe McBride’s jazz-tinged take on the music of Ray Charles, and Nettwork Trio featuring jazz guitar god Stanley Jordan.

Make sure to check out more discount Goldstar shows happening in Portland and other locations around the Northwest. And don’t forget to check out our list of FREE & Frugal events happening around the Northwest this week.

Free National Parks Day 2015 – Enjoy a National Park for FREE with your Family

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Free National Parks Day 2014

The National Parks have announced the FREE National Parks Days for 2015! On these Fee Free Days, you can get admission to National Parks  and Forests or Wildlife Refuges across the US that usually charge fees to enjoy. There are many that are free as well, but there are 107 parks for you to enjoy on these fee-free days. Such a great way to explore new parks or old favorites with your family on a budget!

I love these fee free days and we have some beautiful parks in the NW worth exploring. Pack a picnic to take on your trek and all you need is some gas to get there for a great money saving day out!

*Fee waiver includes: entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees. Other fees such as reservation, camping, tours, concession and fees collected by third parties are not included unless stated otherwise.

Here are the Free National Parks days schedule for 2014 -

  • February 14th – 16th – President’s Weekend
  • April 18th – 19th- National Park Week
  • August 25th – National Park Service Birthday
  • September 26th – National Public Lands Day
  • November 11th – Veterans Day

Looking for a suggestion on where to go? Read about my family trip to Mt. Rainier National Park (pictures included!).

Do you have a favorite National Park you would like to recommend to the rest of us?  Leave a comment below, or share on the Thrifty NW Mom Facebook page (you can even upload your favorite photo from your family’s trip there!).