Bargains abound at upcoming Kids' Clothesline Sale
By Meg Ferrante
Thrill seekers, bargain hunters and anyone who loves outfitting their kids (or grandkids) in all the best designer threads won't want to miss the upcoming Kids' Clothesline Consignment Sale.
The walls of the Lions Club building will soon be lined with inconceivable stashes of stuff to get a thrifty mom salivating. There will be crib sets to snap up, snazzy strollers to jockey for, popular toys to try out, piles and piles of name-brand, gently-used clothes to drag to the registers in large plastic tubs.
The Taj Mahal of second-hand shopping is coming again to Morgan County with the fourth MOMS Club of the Madison area Kids' Clothesline children's clothing and toy consignment sale. The sale will be held Thursday through Saturday, February 26 through 28 at the Lions Club building next to Wal-Mart off Fairground Road.
In the meantime, says sale director, Sandy Cawley, there are more than a hundred women all over this county and several adjoining counties, who will spend much of this month nearly sleepless to pull this giant project off. The reason is simple she says.
"Shopping gently-used items makes better sense for mom, baby and the planet," Cawley says. "Let the other parents pay high retail prices, come get the toys you wish your kids had received for Christmas. Dresses for Easter should be in good supply, too. In this economy, it's only practical to buy your kids' spring wardrobe at our sale. Visiting our sale is the smartest move parents and grandparents can make."
The sale hours have been totally restructured this year to allow non-consignors to get a sneak peek at the best items. After sellers get a few hours to shop, the sale will open to the public for a $5 fee from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., Thursday, February 26. Expectant mothers and uniformed law enforcement and military may shop free during this time.
On Friday, hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m with no entry fee. Saturday, which runs 9 a.m. to noon, is not to be missed as most items are marked to 50 percent off.
"If you don't have kids, we have a section for you, too," says Cawley. There will be a big section of housewares again this year."
Sale organizers, all members of the MOMS Club of the Madison Area, like to say that all the garage sales in the county cannot even begin to compare with the "amazing array of goodies under one roof" at the Lions Club building.
"And for those selling with us, it's like having a yard sale where we do all the advertising and the seller reaps all the rewards," says Bethanie Edmondson, sale advertising coordinator.
The club will be paying a full 70 percent of each item sold back to its seller, much higher than most conventional consignment shops.
As an added good-for-the-earth and good-for-the-community bonus, MOMS Club is planning to use remaining sale proceeds to collaborate with the city of Rutledge to enhance the downtown park.
"We've made it a tradition to give back to the community in the form of playground equipment for the children of this county," says MOMS Club president, Kelly Whitlock.
The MOMS Club of the Madison Area is a non-profit club comprised of stay-at-home mothers. They exist to support each other in motherhood and to provide enriching activities for their children. Membership is open to anyone wishing to join. For details about the sale or about the club, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (706) 818-0466.
MOMS Club of the Madison Area
Clothesline Clothing & Toy Consignment Sale
•Thursday, February 26, 8 to 10 p.m.
•Friday, February 27,
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
•Saturday, February 28, 9 a.m. to noon.
1190 Lions Club Road, next to Madison
Most items half-off on Saturday
Published in the February 19, 2009 edition.