Next 2 New 4 Kids in Johnston County will offer something new this season: child care for shoppers.
Jessica White, the sale's owner, tells me it's something that she's always wanted as a shopper. She's been shopping, consigning or running a sale for the last decade or so.
And while children are welcome at the region's consignment sales, long-time shoppers know it's best to leave them at home as you wade through the racks of clothes and tables full of toys, books and other gear. White said she always had to find a babysitter or time her shopping trip with her husband's work schedule so he could take an hour off.
"It's definitely something I always wanted when I was a shopper and something I've wanted for a while," she said.
So she figured she'd give it a try during this season's sale, which is held at the Cleveland Gymnasium in Clayton. She's found child care workers through care.com, a referral website. And she said she's been careful to go through background checks and criminal records checks and has had face-to-face interviews with all the candidates.
Child care won't be offered every hour of the sale, which runs Aug. 25 to Aug. 29. It will be available from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 26 when only sale volunteers can shop; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 27; 8 a.m. to noon Aug. 28; and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 29 when some items are half off. Child care is $3 per hour for kids 18 months to six years.
"I'm really excited about it," White says. "Our biggest thing is this is the first time. We don't know how it's going to go. If we get the word out, I think parents will utilize it."
I know of at least one other sale this season with babysitting. The Monkey Exchange in Raleigh offers babysitting during part of its sale in mid-September at North Hills Club.
If you know of others, please share in the comments. And check out our consignment sale database for a full list of sales in the area.