Everyone knows that having a baby and buying all the gear they need can be expensive. It can be, but it doesn't have to be. When I was pregnant I decided I wasn't going to break the bank in order for my baby to have everything he needed. I was able to score several cloth diapers, bags and bags of new-looking clothes, and lots of bottles.
I started by going to consignment sale events. These are different than actual consignment stores. Consignment events usually take place over a weekend at a warehouse or empty store. Families price their own items and you'll usually find tons of items at good prices to choose from. A consignment store also has items from families that they're consigning. The prices are typically higher, but sometimes the quality is better.
Kids Consignment Sales has a database of most of the consignment event sales by state.
Consignment Mommies has a database of consignment stores by state.