Lawrenceville LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett's largest consignment sale, Kidsignments, opened its doors on Tuesday at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds and runs until Saturday evening. Parents and children can browse through thousands of vendors' gently used merchandise.
"My wife managed to find all the clothes the kids need for the better part of the school year," Sandy Bettilyon of Villa Rica said. "By the time the March event comes (for the spring Kidsignments), they will be set for the rest of the year. I would say -- conservatively -- this cuts the cost of raising kids in half."
More than 1,400 vendors showcase clothes, toys, books and more to sell at the event at low prices, all of which are inspected by a handful of volunteers. Anything stained, soiled, ripped, or damaged is sent back to the seller. Recently recalled items are never put on the shelves.
"That's one thing I like -- they check the clothes very thoroughly," said Estella Fenn-Murray of Snellville, mother of six children.
Many moms of multiples take advantage of the variety of clothes, toys and furniture at bargain deals.
"I've been shopping here since I was pregnant with quadruplets," MaryBeth Reeves of Norcross said. "Without a question, I have to come here -- it's the best deal."
Over the next few years, the consignment could grow even larger. There are plenty of people willing to sell their children's old things and a plethora of volunteers who like to shop early.
"We have several hundred vendors on our wait list because we just don't have the space here to accommodate," said Jeri Lynn Cunningham, found of Kidsignments. "We have about 150 volunteers this year, and the more they work, the earlier they get to shop."
There are generally long lines in the check-out, but local Boy Scouts and American Heritage Girls have offered to stand in line for you with a donation of $3 for 15 minutes.
Not everything will be sold though. The sellers have a chance to take home the leftover loot or they have another choice: To leave the merchandise behind. The abandoned items are shipped over to the Lilburn Co-op to help the organization keep a closet full of clothes and other needs for the community.
"They really depend on us to meet the needs of their expectant moms, kid, and families in the area," Cunningham said.
The Gwinnett County Fairgrounds open it's gates at 7 a.m. and the warehouse doors open at 9 a.m. Sale ends Saturday at 6 p.m.