RALEIGH – Big bargains for some people mean big bucks for others this weekend at the State Fairgrounds. The semi-annual Kids Exchange is the largest consignment sale in the country. Shoppers can find everything for newborns to teens.
Excited parents and grandparents walk through two buildings of aisle after aisle with their hands full, pushing overflowing strollers, some even pulling children wagons full of discounted merchandise.
“It's amazing,” said Anghara Phillips, shopping with her two young daughters and her mother. “It's really hard to find sales at a traditional store at these prices. You really have to hunt and dig with three sets of coupons to get stuff at the same price you would find here. I can buy a summer wardrobe for my daughter for the price of three pair of jeans.”
Phillips is just one of 30,000 people who will pass through the Kids Exchange consignment sale.
They can get everything from toys to strollers to clothes, all up to 75 percent off regular retail prices.
Philliips is getting about $300 worth of merchandise for just $75.
Not only is it a great way for families to save money, many use it to make money. More than 3,000 people bring out their gently used items for sale.
“I usually make about $200 to $300,” said Jamie Atti, who has been selling her children's outgrown clothes at the Kids Exchange for the past 11 years. “I've always counted on it to help pay for my kids' clothes. The money I make at the Kids Exchange I use to buy stuff at the Kids Exchange.”
“With the economy right now, it's become more of a necessity than a hobby,” explained Kids Exchange Co-founder Amy Winstead. “Where people used to do it because it was fun to make a little extra money, now a lot of families need to do this to clothe their kids and get them the things they need.”
The Kids Exchange consignment sale runs through Sunday, when remaining items are marked down to half-off.
Any items not sold will be donated to charity.