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Save on children's essentials this weekend

Posted July 23, 2009
Updated July 24, 2009

— The economy might be tight but a consignment sale this weekend could save thousands of parents money on essentials like toys, clothes and accessories for their children.

The event is called Kids Exchange, and approximately 2,500 parents are selling their used items for as little as 25 percent of what they originally cost.

"We have anything a child could possibly need – from when you're a pregnant mother all the way up to when kids become teenagers and they're out of the house," Kids Exchange cofounder Amy Winstead said.

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The sale opens to the public 9 a.m. Friday at the Jim Graham Building at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds. (Check out information about this weekend's sale.)

Now in its 10th year, the number of customers keeps growing, Winstead said.

Organizers accommodated more than 4,000 customers Wednesday and Thursday during pre-sale events for volunteers and donors, and checkout lines wrapped around the building Thursday.

"This is the busiest I've ever seen it," customer Wendy Bailey said. "It must be the economy making it different."

Many customers, like Leslie Polgaise, said they planned to buy in bulk.

"We have a whole wagon full of things, and we're probably only going to spend about $70," she said.

By the time the sale ends at 5 p.m. Sunday, Winstead said she expects approximately 25,000 people to have walked the floors looking for bargains.

The group plans to hold another sale sometime in January.


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  • MomOfTwins Jul 27, 2009

    I personally like the twin's club's sale better, and not just because I'm a twin mom! :-) Even though it's a smaller sale I feel there is just much better quality and the lines are not as long. The only negative I have about it is it's cash only- but I've always gotten a ton of stuff for my munchkies there!

    It's coming up on August 15: http://www.tmott.org/sale.htm

  • Wakecountymom Jul 24, 2009

    The Kids Around Kid sale is better in my opinion. You can create an individual barcode for each item so there's more accountability and less theft than at Kids Exchange. Also, you don't have to wait as long in those inhumane lines. It's a reasonable size. If you are selling items, things get lost at Kids Exchange and the consignor fees are higher. So check out all of the consignment sales. If you are shopping - I wouldn't go to Kids Exchange b/c of the excessive waits and there's lots of poor quality items there. The sale I linked above checks things so worn out/stained items aren't in the sale. Good luck!

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  • howdiditgettothis Jul 24, 2009

    Kids Exchange sale is every January and July.

    This is the bigger sale of the two. But consignors have to wait to get your check (1-2 weeks) after the sale, and picking up your items is time consuming and can be aggravating. (you have to sort through semi-sorted tables to find your stuff, so you may not find all your items that didn't sell). Again, very time consuming and aggravating.

    Kids Every Wear is also held twice yearly at the airport outlet mall. http://www.kidseverywear.com/home.html
    Not as large as the other one, but it's more "consignor friendly" in that you pick up a box of your unsold items AND your check at the end of the sale.

    Both places are a great way to shop and sell gently used children's items.

  • FromClayton Jul 24, 2009

    hey i need to find out about this ahead of time next time. can someone please post a blog on here a few weeks in advance for the jan sale. thanks!

  • hazeyc Jul 24, 2009

    I read that they are charging for shopping bags after they ring up your purchase. $.30 each. If you bring them back in good shape they will refund your money.
    It also said they had to put things in a shopping bag. I just wonder if I could bring my own and not have to pay then return for refund their bags.

  • tiswhatitis Jul 24, 2009

    Shop child-free if you can. You can cover a lot more ground.

  • MissManda- has real boobs Jul 24, 2009

    Bring a wagon!! Borrow one if you have to, I brought mine last night and it made things SOOOO much easier. I even used it as a seat while waiting in line for and hour and half lol. Go on Sunday but look for the tags in the red ink, that means they're 1/2 the original price. Bring checks or cash; devit or credit is 4% of your total ( I believe), and have fun!! I LOVE it and am going back again Sunday morning to finish my shopping =]

  • SME2 Jul 24, 2009

    This is a really awesome thing! Though be careful not to shop too far into the future. Our 3 month old daughter is already in 6-9 month clothes!

  • SME2 Jul 24, 2009

    Does anyone have any tips for those who are going for the first time?

    Go on Sunday as many things are 50% off the marked price. Though becareful, prices marked in Red are not.

    Also get there about 30 to 60 minutes before it opens.