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Sellebrate Kids this weekend at Civic Center and save a bundle; consignment sale offers a little bit of everything

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Families looking for clothing, movies, infant strollers and carriers for the children won’t want to miss Sellebrate Kids, an event featuring 125 families’ worth of wares.

The 2009 fall and winter consignment event began Friday morning and will continue through 6 p.m. Friday, then resume again from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Hopkins County Regional Civic Center.

This marks the third time the event has been held, and plans are solid to continue offering the consignment items twice a year — spring/summer and fall/winter — as long as there’s interest. Admission is free and open to the public.

Only fall and winter items will be available at this sale. There will be another sale in March for spring and summer items.

The event promises a little bit of everything from clothes for infants through preteens to movies and baby items such as swings. There are also a few items of home decor to round out the sale.

The events boast “high-quality nearly new clothing,” with many pieces sold at half-price on Saturday, along with maternity wear, toys for all ages and children’s furniture. There will even be some junior clothing in “a current style.”

New this fall will be handmade hair bows, boutique-style clothing and personalized gift items.

What not to expect: spring or summer decor; shorts, Easter outfits or beach wear; torn, stained or “seriously out-of-style” clothing or shoes; maternity clothing more than three years old; underwear; stuffed animals; car seats manufactured before 2005 or that have been involved in a wreck; items that have been recalled by the Consumer Product Safety Commission; battery operated toys without batteries; upholstered furniture; mattress sets (except crib mattresses); 1980s country or duck decor; items broken or in need of repair; knickknacks; small picture frames; and dishes and glassware.

The event in Sulphur Springs is headed by Jamie VanWinkle, who quickly learned the necessity of bargain shopping after quitting her teaching job a few years ago so she could be a stay-at-home mom.

“When I explored options for clothing, I became convinced that sales like this were the best way to clothe my children. Even though our budget is tight, I still want my  kids to look cute!” VanWinkle noted.

After visiting similar events elsewhere, VanWinkle quickly discovered “consignment sales are great because everything is under one roof and organized, unlike driving around to garage sales, and I like that I can see and smell the clothes before I buy them, unlike eBay.”

She also found consignment sales produce quality items and a good outlet to resell things like a Gymboree or boutique-brand clothes.

Since Sulphur Springs didn’t offer such an event, VanWinkle initiated one.

“The response since the beginning has been very affirming and I am excited about what the future holds as the event grows,” she said.

“A consignment event like Sellebrate Kids! is a guilt-free way for fashion and budget-minded moms to clothe our children. You can buy an entire season’s worth of name brand, stylish clothes for a fraction of what you spend at department stores and boutiques — not to mention the time, gas and energy you will save getting it all in one place.”

Local businesses provided enough goodies and coupons to hand out to the first 250 people through the door.

While those shoppers just now learning about the event will have missed out on the first pick of offerings, those waiting until Saturday will likely get the best bargains as a lot of items are marked half-price on Saturday. All sales are final, however, so VanWinkle recommends shoppers carefully inspect items. Payments may be made by cash or checks only; there will be no credit/debit card readers at the event. However, withdrawals may be made at the ATM at the Civic Center. And, because law requires it, sales tax is charged on all items.

Also, it is recommended that shoppers planning to buy several items bring a laundry basked to carry their items in as they shop. Don’t feel like toting it around? That’s OK, according to VanWinkle, just tie a rope to it and drag it around with you.

For more information, visit www.sellebratekids.com or stop by the Civic Center.




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