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Kids Exchange consignment sale opens this week

Posted January 17, 2011
Updated January 16, 2015

Consignment sale season officially starts with the opening of the massive Kids Exchange consignment sale this week at the N.C. State Fairgrounds.

And when I say massive .... I mean it. We're talking 3,000 consignors or probably about three times the size of the region's other giant consignment sale - Kids Everywear, which had 1,000 consignors last fall and takes over multiple store fronts at the Morrisville Outlet Mall. The Kids Exchange's owners tell me more than 30,000 Triangle families will visit the sale, which is open to the public Friday through Sunday.

The Kids Exchange was my first introduction to consignment sales. I've shopped it many times. While I always recommend going with a plan and a list when shopping a consignment sale, that is definitely a good idea at the Kids Exchange. It's just so big, it's really easy to get carried away.

So I recommend going with a list of the things you need and the sizes you're looking for. Bring something to haul your loot, such as a wagon or stroller (without a kid in it). In fact, if you can swing it, leave the kids at home. It can take a long time to shop this sale and the lines to check out can get really long too. So be prepared for that.

One thing to note are the sale's rules on bags. You can either purchase bags from the Kids Exchange for 25 cents a piece or you can bring your own shopping bags from home. If you bring your own bags, they must be extra large (the size a large blanket would fit in if purchased from Target or Walmart). Extra large or extra strong trash bags from home are acceptable. But tall size kitchen trash bags are not big enough. These bags cannot be used while you're shopping to store items that are not purchased.

The public sale is 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday (when some items are half off). It's in the Jim Graham Building at the N.C. State Fairgrounds in Raleigh. Check the website for details. NOTE: These dates are for the 2011 sale.

The Kids Exchange is the first of many consignment sales in the region. Check our full list for many more. Happy shopping!



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  • dragonlily Jan 23, 2011

    Thanks for covering this! I was able to get some board games for my family that we've wanted quite a while . . .

  • shall6 Jan 19, 2011

    My pleasure Queenjax!


  • Queenjax78 Jan 19, 2011

    Can't wait! Thanks Sarah for covering this! It really is helpful to our community to reuse items in this way!

  • shall6 Jan 18, 2011

    howdiditgettothis ... you have your hands full in more ways than one! Have fun shopping ... I'm hoping to get out there Friday if I get my act together.


  • 2alegal Jan 18, 2011

    I will be going on Saturday and then again on Sunday for 50% off!!! Love It!!!

  • howdiditgettothis Jan 18, 2011

    I have a van full of like new and gently used clothes, toys and shoes ready to drop off! Oh - and 3 kids bikes, too!