Consignment sale ends Saturday

LAWRENCEVILLE - As she dug through tables and tables of children's clothing, Cathy Seith stumbled across a Strawberry Shortcake T-shirt. She examined the price tag and let out an enthusiastic holler.

"I was dancing and cheering in the aisles," Seith said. "I had never been so happy to spend 50 cents. My daughter loves Strawberry Shortcake, and I knew this was a huge find. It was only 50 cents! I had found the jackpot."

Bargain buys such as Seith's are a common occurrence at the Kidsignment consignment sale, which will run through Saturday at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds.

It's one of several major consignment sales taking place this week, including the upscale, name-brand Boutique Armoire sale, running today and Saturday at the Richland Subdivision Clubhouse in Suwanee.

Now in its 12th year, Kidsignment features more than 1,000 vendors, with items including clothing for infants, children and teenagers, as well as toys, books and furniture. All the items up for sale are gently used or new.

"The vendors aren't allowed to sell anything with stains or holes," Seith said. "If it has a smell, it can't be sold. These are all good-quality items for a good price."

All remaining items will be marked 25 percent off today and 50 percent off on Saturday, the sale's final day.

During the Kidsignment preview night on Monday, more than 1,000 shoppers came out, waiting nearly three hours to checkout with their purchases.

"And that was just the preview sale," said Seith, spokeswoman for the sale. "This is like the Super Bowl of consignment sales."

Every year, parents line up outside the fairgrounds, waiting for hours in lawn chairs just to get inside. Once in the doors, Seith said, they shop until they drop.

"It's worth it, it's definitely worth it, waiting for hours," she said. "This is a great way to save money if you have a family."