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Upscale Resale consignment sale grows, includes more clothing brands, toys

Posted February 12, 2012

Upscale Resale, the Cary consignment sale that features high-end children's clothing, is expanding to offer more brands and toys.

The sale will move this season from a 1,500-square-foot space at the Cary Masonic Lodge to nearly 7,000-square-feet at Waverly Place shopping center, 302 Colonades Way, Suite 201, Cary. The move allows the sale to accept more items and brands that shoppers have asked for, sale owner Toni Carpenter tells me.

The sale now also accepts the following:

  • Gap and Gymboree for *boys only.* Must be in excellent condition and less than five years old. Carpenter said there are fewer boutique brands for boys than girls, so this will give moms of boys a bigger selection.
  • Ride on Jeeps or cars, such as a John Deere Gator or Barbie Jeep. They must be very clean with a functioning battery and charger.
  • Thomas the Train wooden trains and sets only (no plastic), along with Pottery Barn Kids and American Girl toys
  • Train tables, dollhouses, kitchen and play tables (wooden sets only, no plastic).
  • Nursery and kids decor: Pottery Barn Kids or boutique brands.
  • Strollers: Bugaboo, Maclaren, Peg Perego, Bumbleride, Dream Design, Baby Jogger, Inglesina, Rock Star Baby, & i'cco. (Bumbleride Indie strollers will not be accepted because of a recall).
  • Radio Flyer wagons and scooters (metal or chrome only, no plastic).

If you have a large ticket item that you would like to consign, you'll need to email a photo to Carpenter before March 1 for approval. Her email is

Carpenter said she also is getting more and more clothing for tweens and teens with each sale.

Upscale Resale is scheduled March 8 to March 10. Check the website for details. There is still time to register to consign.


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  • toni3 Feb 16, 2012

    My, what a stir this article has caused! I want to thank everyone for their comments. I appreciate & take all feedback into consideration. I regret that one of our shoppers indicated that she did not have a pleasant shopping experience with us in the past. Obviously my preference would be for each & every customer to leave 100% satisfied. It is true that we accept a variety of brands, in addition to boutique clothing, to appeal to a wider audience. The brands are listed here- Each sale varies based on the number of consignors, season, etc. so the selection differs each time. We have wonderful consignors that bring beautiful clothing year after year! I assure you that we always do our best to maintain quality merchandise. Come check us out at our next event!

  • AmbersMommy Feb 15, 2012

    Upscale Resale is, by far, my favorite of all the consignment sales in the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill area. I have been a loyal buyer for the last few years and I have walked away happy each and every time. I don't even waste my time at other consignment sales anymore. When you have two little ones under the age of 3, you learn to spend your time wisely when going to sales. Upscale Resale IS boutique. The owner, Toni, is a wonderful and sweet lady, and I send HUGE kudos to her for being able to put on such an amazing sale year after year! You will not find a better selection of amazing clothes for your little ones!!

  • cevans3 Feb 15, 2012

    I have vounteered and consigned with Upscale Resale for several years. I have always enjoyed the quality of the merchandise as well as the sale! As any veteran consignor, you should know that if you want the "best picks" you have to volunteer...and that goes for any sale. I am a consignment junkie...and I go to at least 5 "Boutique" consignment sales in North Carolina..and the majority do offer other mall brands such as Gap, Gymboree, 77 Kids for boys and girls. They do this because as kids get older there are fewer choices. Sounds like the negative person has never consigned at Upscale Resale...and does not have first hand experience in the "drop off process." Each piece is inspected...for wear, name brand, etc. This is one of the only sales that does this...most just count the items to make sure they match the inventory. My suggestion: get some experience in consigning and volunteering! Upscale Resale is an awesome sale...and Toni is such a sweet person to work for...she tru

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  • kamom Feb 14, 2012

    Really? Someone can't have a difference of opinion without being bashed on here? I don't work for any other consignment sale and didn't say Toni wasn't nice or that they didn't have a huge selection but from the website and the name this implies that this is a truly upscale consignment and it is not. It is a typical consignment sale just like you can find in many of the children's consignment stores especially now that they are allowing even more of non-boutique brands. If someone was going with the same intention that I did, of finding boutique clothes, they would be just as disappointed at what they find.

  • lrcribbs Feb 14, 2012

    This is an awesome sale that has great clothing for sale. I have volunteered and shopped at every sale since this business has started and it improves every time. Can't wait to shop at the new expanded location! Even though most items are boutique, I have a little boy and am not really into the dressier smocked clothing for boys, but there is always a great selection of more casual clothes for my little guy - Polo, Mini Boden, etc. I am interested in good quality clothing at a great price and that's just what I get at Upscale Resale. So happy that other brands such as Gymboree are being added for boys because IT IS MORE DIFFICULT to find nice consignment clothes for boys. Toni is awesome to work with and really does try to implement suggestions from her customers. Am very disappointed in the posting by "kamom" because it is just not true. Perhaps she should only buy new clothing and not bother with consignment sales at all because this one is truly one of the best!

  • dzlindsaygirl Feb 14, 2012

    I have only shopped this sale twice, but both times I've found nothing but great items. I've never volunteered or consigned but started shopping last year at the recommendation of a friend. I can't speak for previous years but the two I attended last year I found nothing but boutique brands (things I had previously seen that year at Patty Whacks)! There were a few items that I guess you could say were mall brands, but only labels like mini boden or Twigs & Twirls that you can find at Nordstrom and I was very excited to find these at extremely discounted prices. I was never the first in line on public sale day and even shopped the last day of the fall sale last year and still found great clothing, shoes and accesories. Some of the items I got the last day were even marked down 50%! When I shop children's sales I always have to remind myself that these are children's items, not adults. If I find a $75 dress or outfit in excellent used condition for $15, I think that's a major barga

  • cmc2 Feb 14, 2012

    I use to be consignment sale junkie and have been to many sales- some boutique some not. This is my FAVORITE sale by far. Every item is looked over to be sure it is in good condition. I appreciate that attention to detail so when I get home with an item I don't find something wrong. Toni is one of the best to volunteer for. I also love that I don't have to look thru a whole lot of non boutique items to find what I want. It truly is an "UPSCALE" sale and I can't wait! I think kamom must be confused with another sale, maybe she is from the another sale trying to tear down this one, or maybe just bitter about something. Whatever the case, I suggest that you check out the sale for YOURSELF and see if it is for YOU. If it is great, if not find another. When you find a great sale, always volunteer for the best finds.

  • cbeach03 Feb 14, 2012

    I have been a Volenteer for many years. Toni is a wonderful lady to work with. For those who want to post bad things about the sale that's fine you have a right to. As for you saying this is not a upscale sale well your far from the truth on that one. Yes she has added a few non boutique brands for boys and Tweens so what? Why did she add those? Because her customers asked for them to be added. I think it's great that she listens to what her customers want and need. I never had a problem with those items being there because they are in a different located not mixed in with the other items. I have been to other so called upscale sales and I have to say I like this one the most. Wait to go Toni!!!! See ya there!!!!!

  • jgill27615 Feb 14, 2012

    kamom - Everyone is entitled to their opinion, and you obviously feel very strongly if you are taking the time to post not once, but TWICE, but please be respectful of the people that LOVE 'Upscale Resale' and truly believe it is one of the best consignment sales in the Triangle for Upscale Children's Clothing.
    You are correct to assume that if you consign or volunteer at the sale you are allowed to shop early. This is common practice at most if not all of the consignment sales in the area.
    I encourage you to consign/volunteer at least once at this sale to witness first hand the quality of the merchandise. Obviously you are a connoisseur of children's clothing if you can distinguish which brands are/are not 'boutique' and it will be evident to you that this is in fact an 'Upscale' consignment sale.