Just 4 Kids, a 13-year-old consignment sale in southern Wake County, is making a big change - adding a new sale in Cary.
This fall/winter sale season, Just 4 Kids, run by two Holly Springs moms, will offer children's consignment sales in both Willow Spring and Cary. The Willow Spring sale will be at Fellowship Baptist Church from Oct. 10 to Oct. 12. The Cary sale at Cary Towne Center is coming up - July 27 to July 29.
"We’ve been in Willow Spring for several years now," said Teresa Bozzano, one of the owners. "We’re the only one out there, but we were looking for something where we might get some foot traffic, some natural shoppers."
Just 4 Kids is one of more than two dozen children's consignment sales in the region. The sales pop up twice a year - usually from about late January to early May and late July to mid-October - and often are run by local moms or church groups. Just 4 Kids hopes to hold two sales each year in Cary as it does in Willow Spring.
Bozzano and business partner Jacqui Holden launched the sale in 2004 after the birth of their youngest children. Each have three children - ages 20, 16 and 13.
"We had just had our third babies and we were sitting around having a playdate and looking in the living room at all of the chunky plastic items and thought, 'what are we going to do with this,'" Bozzano said.
The two knew they were done having kids when they each had their third. So, they launched a children's consignment - first in Fuquay-Varina. After bouncing around a bit, they landed at Fellowship Baptist Church where they hold the sale in the church's gym.
Bozzano said they'd been thinking about expanding for the past few years - attempting a consignment sale with women's clothes and accessories and another for home decor.
But, Bozzano said, those sales just weren't as popular as a "good old fashioned kid sale."
"As mothers, we will buy for our children all day long before we buy for ourselves," she said.
Registration is open now for consignors and volunteers for both the Cary and Willow Spring sales. Just4Kids also offers a busy moms tagging service where consignors can simply drop off their items and have somebody else tag them for the sale.
"You just have to pick up your check," Bozzano said. "It's really great."
Bozzano said they never thought the sale would last this long - and that it would be growing so many years later.
"Never in a million years," she said. "We just thought we would do this service for our little community and until the kids started elementary school."
But, it continues to draw in loyal consignors and shoppers.
"We love the people. We’ve seen so many changes in our group," she said. "The women have certainly changed and grown up with us."
In fact, some of their original shoppers are now shopping for their own grandchildren.
"That's exciting," she said. "It is fun. It’s rejuvenating. I go to the sale and I’m so exhausted. It’s a 14-hour day. But people come in and it's like your family."
If you're interested in learning more or signing up to consign items or volunteer, which allows you to shop the sale early, Just 4 Kids website has the details.