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Spring shopping at biannual Kidsignments sale

Trish Bernal of Duluth, shops for Bratz doll heads for her daughters at the pre-sale at Kidsignments at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds in Lawrenceville.  1400 sellers offer gently used kids and baby clothes, toys, furniture, strollers, and bikes at bargain prices. This has been called the "Superbowl" of all consignment sales, filling two buildings with merchandise, and excited shoppers.

Trish Bernal of Duluth, shops for Bratz doll heads for her daughters at the pre-sale at Kidsignments at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds in Lawrenceville. 1400 sellers offer gently used kids and baby clothes, toys, furniture, strollers, and bikes at bargain prices. This has been called the "Superbowl" of all consignment sales, filling two buildings with merchandise, and excited shoppers.

LAWRENCEVILLE -- The school year is almost over, which means your growing children have probably outgrown a majority of their closets. If you're on a budget or just want to save a buck, fill up those dressers with shirts and shorts, plus more from Kidsignments, Gwinnett's largest biannual consignment sale at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds. The sale opens today.

"You can get name brand jeans for $3 a pair," said Vicki Kratzer of Suwanee, mother of nine and grandmother of one.

More than 1,400 vendors sell gently used clothes, toys, strollers, books, and more at very low prices, all of which are inspected by a handful of volunteers. Anything stained, soiled, ripped or damaged is sent back to the seller -- and recently recalled items are never put on the shelves for the safety of the buyers.

"We have several hundred vendors on our wait list because we just don't have the space here to accommodate," said Jeri Lynn Cunningham, founder of Kidsignments. "We have about 150 volunteers this year, and the more they work, the earlier they get to shop."

Cunningham started the sale out of her garage 19 years ago when her son began to grow out of his clothes and toys, but she didn't want them to go to waste. Now the event fills two warehouses at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds helping expectant moms, kids and families in the area keep their clothing budgets at a reasonable level.

Between the two building -- clothes and large toys -- prices vary from $0.75 to $10 on clothes and up to $150 for large wooden and plastic toys.

Need to build your child's library? There are thousands of bargain books ranging from $1 to $3.50.

The sale ends Saturday.

If You Go

• What: Kidsignments, consignment sale for children

• When: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. today through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday

• Where: Gwinnett County Fairgrounds, 2405 Sugarloaf Parkway, Lawrenceville

• For more information: Visit www.kidsignments....