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Kids Exchange kicks off consignment sale season this weekend

Posted January 17, 2012
Updated January 18, 2012

I know many of you have been very busy tagging, volunteering and getting ready for the massive Kids Exchange sale at the N.C. State Fairgrounds this month. The sale kicks off the spring/summer 2012 children's consignment sale season for the region.

But if you're just looking to shop, the Kids Exchange is open to the public this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Hours are 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. You'll find clothes, toys, gear and more for kids.

This is a giant sale spanning the fairground's Jim Graham Building and Expo Building. I definitely recommend going with a plan and a list; getting a map when you first get there; knowing the sizes that you're shopping for; and ... if you can swing it ... not bringing kids. There can be some pretty long lines in the checkout. I've stood in line for as long as 45 minutes.

Also at checkout, shoppers are welcome to bring their own large shopping bags or kitchen-sized trash bags from home. You can't use the bags to collect items on the sales floor. Many people load up their kid-free strollers or bring wagons to carry their haul.

The bags are to carry your items after you check out. If you don't bring your own bags, you will have to purchase them at the checkout for 25 cents each. Small grocery bags cannot be used.

For more details, check the Kids Exchange website.

For a list of all of the consignment sales in the region, click here.

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  • wenfromwake Jan 21, 2012

    Anyone know of anyone that is tweeting from the event? Would love scoop on how long the line is at various times.

  • littlebobeep Jan 20, 2012

    Dang, I though I could swap my kid for a new one...

  • pss3 Jan 20, 2012

    Careless, I have been many times and that is exactly what I bring every time. They also give a $3.00 discount if you pay by cash/check.

  • Queenjax78 Jan 20, 2012

    I have always gotten amazing deals. All my child's clothes, car seats, strollers, videos, books, bikes, etc. I've felt really good about the price I pay and feel like it's good for the environment too to keep perfectly good items in circulation.

  • carelesswhisper Jan 19, 2012

    Thanks Pulling for the Tarheels. I was thinking of using an empty stoller for shopping and the tote bags to check out.

  • Pulling for the Tarheels Jan 19, 2012

    When I have gone, I have brought tote bags and it seemed to be ok. I actually took my largest Vera Bradley bag to shop and a "clear trash bag" for checking out.

  • shall6 Jan 19, 2012

    Great tips jrwachholz ... definitely agree with you.

    carelesswhisper ... I'm pretty sure that they don't want you putting unpurchased items in bags ... go here for more information on what to bring and the checkout bag policy: http://kidsexchange.net/raleigh/shop/

    Sarah

  • carelesswhisper Jan 19, 2012

    Is it ok to bring a couple of tote bags?

  • jrwachholz Jan 19, 2012

    1/2 price day is a great day to go if you are mainly looking for clothes. There are always tons of clothes left on that day. More than enough to choose from. If you want specific toys or baby gear it might be better to go on Friday.

  • whyalltheproblems Jan 18, 2012

    the crowds can be insane, but i'm going friday :)

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