Teresa McLaughlin, right, and her daughter Cindy Austin, left, both of Gainesville, sort through shoes at Kidsignments, a twice-a-year consignment event at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds on Friday. McLaughlin was shopping for two grandchildren. (Staff Photo: Deanna Allen)
LAWRENCEVILLE — Teresa McLaughlin sorted through more than 20 pairs of girls shoes at the Kidsignments sale at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds on Friday. The Gainesville resident was looking for a pair of pretty sandals, some water shoes, a pair of tennis shoes and shoes in an accessory color, each for $5 or less.
With a budget set at $400, McLaughlin was shopping for two grandchildren, a 2-year-old girl and a 4-year-old boy, who live in Merrillville, Ill.
“I was coming on Tuesday and I got scared and nervous because what happened to Atlanta two weeks ago,” McLaughlin said. “We kept a close eye on that. A lot of our friends, a lot of our relatives and neighbors all got stranded in Atlanta or on 285 and I said, that’s not happening to me, I’m not going to be in Lawrenceville, even though I wanted to be.”
While the sale opened Tuesday, organizer Jeri Lynn Cunningham, a Lilburn resident who started the sale 20 years ago in her garage, said attendance was down about 25 percent, and the increasingly treacherous winter weather forced the twice-a-year sale to close Wednesday and Thursday. Cunningham has since extended the sale to Sunday, the first time in 20 years the sale will be open that day of the week, and has also extended the daily hours.
On Saturday, the sale, which this year drew 1,500 sellers, will run from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and items not labeled “NR” will be 25 percent off. On Sunday, hours will be 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and items not labeled “NR” will be 50 percent off.
Cunningham said Friday’s turnout was strong and steady, with a line starting at the door at 7:30 a.m. prior to the 9 a.m. opening.
“We opened out doors and it’s been just a steady, constant stream of people coming out, I think, as they’re getting verification that the roads are OK to travel,” Cunningham said.
For more information on Kidsignments, visit www.kidsignments.com.