The giant Kids Exchange, which takes over two buildings at the N.C. State Fairgrounds, will be open to the public this Friday through Sunday.
The children's consignment sale, featuring children's clothes, toys and other gear, launches the fall/winter children's consignment sale season, which includes nearly 40 other sales across the region. You can find the full list in our database.
This is a massive sale that can take some time and patience to navigate. Here are a few tips from my own personal experience and the sale's website, if you go:
- Bring something to carry your loot such as a stroller or wagon, without a child, or a trash can on wheels.
- Bring large shopping bags or kitchen size trash bags so you don't have to pay 25 cents each for a Kids Exchange shopping bag.
- Make a list of the things that you need and your children's clothing and shoe sizes for the next six months. It's easy to get carried away here.
- Don't forget your patience and, if you can swing it, go on your own or with friends, but without kids. This is a big sale. The checkout lines can be long - 20 to 30 minutes or so. And you might find something to squirrel away for Christmas or other holidays that you don't want your kids to see.
The sale's volunteers and consignors are able to shop early at the sale. It's open to the general public 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.