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Save on children's essentials this weekend

Organizers of the Kids Exchange expect thousands of parents to take advantage of consignment deals on clothes, toys and more at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds.

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RALEIGH, N.C. — 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.

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.



Beau Minnick, Reporter
Kelly Gardner, Web Editor

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