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Love of fine kids clothes turns into business for mom

Posted August 8, 2010 10:31 p.m. EDT

Kelly Rives of Raleigh runs a sort of mini-empire of high-end children's consignment sales. With the help of friends and family, her Divine Consign Show is in Raleigh and four other cities in the southeast, including Charlotte and Atlanta.

I'm sure it's not at all what the mom of three expected when she started the first sale from her home six years ago. Her hope was to fuel her love of fine, smocked clothing for her girls by selling the pieces they'd grown out of, buying some gently used bigger sizes and earning a bit of money to buy some new outfits as well.

But Rives found a niche. Her Raleigh sales now include about half consignment pieces and half new overstocks from trunk shows and children's boutiques. The prices might be a little higher than what you're used to if you're a consignment sale regular. But all the brands accepted for the sale are high quality. And you'll find lots of options for special occasions too.

In sales in some of the other cities, Rives only sells new boutique and trunk show overstocks, which is why the sale's name has morphed into the Divine Children's Show. But Rives tells me it likely always will be the Divine Consign Show in Raleigh since she'll always include consignment pieces.

While Rives first focused mainly on the clothing she loved best, she's since branched out to include more contemporary styles and brands as well. During the last sale, for instance, I bought a pair of new 6 to 12 month Zutano shorts and a nearly new Boden sweatshirt for my five-year-old, each for about $7. The shorts were probably originally about $13. The sweatshirt probably retailed for about $40 to $50.

The Divine Consign Show is this week in Raleigh, starting Tuesday when grandparents can shop early from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. New moms can shop early from 8 a.m .to 9 a.m. Wednesday. And the public is welcome from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday (when many items are 50 percent off). Click here for details.

The sale is at Falls Pointe Shopping Center at the intersection of Falls of Neuse and Durant roads in the shopping center with the Kohl's and Harris Teeter. It's a new location for Rives, who has held many of the sales in the Quail Hollow area, and she hopes her fans in the inside the Beltline and North HIlls areas follow her there. It's about a 15 minute drive.

Learn more about Kelly and the sale in the video.

Divine Consign is one of four consignment sales in the Triangle this week. And check the Go Ask Mom consignment sale database for more.