The Just Between Friends Consignment Sale opens to the public Sunday, April 24. Organizers say it’s a way to get a deal and give back to the community at the same time.
What started as a clothing swap “Just Between Friends”, has expanded a bit over the years.
“I started in my living room with about 30 moms,” said Kathy Winslow, Organizer.
Now, 17 years later, Kathy Winslow needs a 70,000 sq. foot warehouse like the Cox Pavillion at the State Fairgrounds in order to invite all of her "friends" to cash in on the savings.
“Here is a great polo for six dollars, um this cute lil’ dress for a baby for six dollars. So we have all kinds of fun, oh and another six dollar outfit,” said Winslow.
Thousands of moms consign their children's clothes, shoes, toys, and equipment they no longer need during the semi-annual sale.
“Our average consigner makes about $350, and a lot of them use that to recycle for the next season,” said Winslow.
And the idea is catching on.
“The way you can turn your clothes over and get your kids clothes sold from last year and bought for next year, it is just an endless cycle,” said Mark Lockhart, shopper.
Hundreds of parents are expected to sift through the racks, looking for deep discounts on any item needed to raise a child.
“I really like being able to economically find clothes for our children as they grow out of them so fast,” said Tabitha Lockhart, shopper.
But it's about more than a bargain. Some of the proceeds from ticket sales are given to Infant Crisis Services, a nonprofit that provides basic necessities for less fortunate babies and toddlers.
“They are able to help babies that are in need in our community,” said Tabitha.
And when the sale is over, most of what's left on the racks can also be donated to the non-profit.