Staff Photo: John Bohn Sisters Kris McNeill, of Grayson, left, and Leigh Green, of Atlanta, right, shop for deals at Kidsignment, the state's largest bi-annual consignment sale, held at the Gwinnett County Fairground Friday.
LAWRENCEVILLE -- Michelle Bojczuk has been coming to Kidsignments for the last three years at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds. She drives more than an hour from Cartersville to find clothes, toys and other goodies at discounted prices.
"It has the best selection of any consignment sale that I've ever been to," said the mother of three with a baby on the way. "It's the only way we buy kids clothes -- it saves us thousands. There is always something exciting and new to find here."
With more than 1,400 vendors selling things, today marks the last day of the Kidsignments sale, Gwinnett's largest consignment sale for babies, children, teens and expecting mothers. Almost everything on the racks is marked down 50 percent.
"Saturdays are extremely busy (because) that is our half-price day," said Jeri-Lynn Cunningham, founder of Kidsignments. "Any of the tags that don't have NR (not reduced) means it's half-priced, so it's a great time to come back. There is plenty left that is discounted."
Kris McNeill of Grayson is a mother of three who has frequented the sale for a decade. She comes because of the prices even if the clothes don't always work out.
"If you can't find it here, then you're too picky," she said with a laugh. "If you buy a pair of pants for a dollar or two, it's OK if they don't fit."
During the last day, there are generally long lines in the check-out, but local Boy and Girl Scouts will offer to stand in line for you with a donation of $3 for 15 minutes.
"It's well organized even when it's really crowded, they are efficient at checking people out," Adena Puchalski of Suwanee said. "Today I had some free time, so I came by to see what was left. Now I have a bag full of stuff for my daughter and her friends."
By Sunday, not everything will be sold. 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.
"The Lilburn Co-op has come to depend on our leftover items to meet the needs of the community," Cunningham said. "Over the last few years, more and more folks are letting their items be donated by not putting them up verses maybe five or six years ago."
The sale ends at 6 p.m. today.