Just in time for Back-to-School shopping and all of your baby gear needs at unbelievably low prices! The fabulous Kids Exchange bi-annual consignment sale takes place this weekend, Friday July 20 – Sunday July 22nd, at the NC State Fairgrounds in Raleigh (Jim Graham Building). Sunday is half-price day on most items, but you may want to shop earlier for the best selections.
This year we finally got together some of our nicest gently used clothing to sell at Kids Exchange. We had been meaning to participate in Kids Exchange for a long time, and I’m so glad we finally did! I wish we had been selling and buying at Kids Exchange twice a year, every year. It is a perfect opportunity to keep your home organized and uncluttered, while you make extra cash for the next season’s wardrobe for your children.
Now that we have participated we are hooked! I am already looking forward to getting uncluttered for the next Kids Exchange sale in January. What a wonderful way to clean out your closets, pass along your nice things to other families who will enjoy them, make extra cash, and find unbelievably great bargains on baby gear and kids clothing (baby through teen sizes.)
Today at Kids Exchange we had the great pleasure to spend some time talking with Julie, one of the founders of Kids Exchange. Julie told us about the many shoppers who have related to Julie and her family how much Kids Exchange has been a blessing to them. Kids Exchange helps families afford high quality baby gear and clothing at a fraction of the price of buying new.
Kids Exchange provides a great service to local families in so many ways: you can unclutter your closets/dressers/toy chest, make $$$, buy clothing/toys/gear for your children at great bargain prices, then do it again next season! The ultimate in recycling! No wonder Kids Exchange is a huge success and is going strong after 15 years.
We are AMAZED by the huge selection of baby gear, bicycles, toys, furniture, clothing, and just about everything else for babies and children all the way up through teenage size clothing. My fourth-grade daughter came with me and had a ball looking through all of the great clothes; she chose the prettiest like-new outfits for her fall wardrobe (including clothing in like-new condition from some of her favorites: Abercrombie, Justice, Limited Too, Ralph Lauren).
We wish we had given ourselves more time to shop, though. By the time we started looking through little boys’ clothing we only had a few minutes before the sale closed for the evening (on Thursday – special pre-sale hours for sellers.) We found SO MANY adorable boys’ shirts and pants, I am tempted to go back to the sale again this weekend! We managed to choose several great shirts for each of our little boys even with only a few minutes time to look. The selection was great.
Update: We went back to Kids Exchange the following day for more little boys’ clothing the next day, and found lots of wonderful, practically brand-new looking clothes. It was like Christmas in July: our little boys were thrilled when I got home and showed them all of the cool shirts. We bought button-down baseball shirts, rugby shirts, polo shirts, t-shirts (Ralph Lauren, Osh Kosh B’Gosh, Gap, Tumbleweed, many more). The average price was $2 – $3; they look brand new!
Keep in mind for future Kids Exchange consignment sales (held every January and July in Raleigh) that if you are a seller for the event, you benefit from admission to a pre-sale buying day, before the sale is open to the general public. If you volunteer to work at the consignment sale (one 5-hour shift or two 5-hour shifts), you benefit from the first pick. Volunteers shop a day earlier than anyone else for the best selection. These early shopping opportunities give you the cream of the crop for your shopping.
Before the next Kids Exchange Raleigh event (February 4 – 11, 2013), we will write another blog with the inside scoop for quickly and efficiently getting your things ready to sell at Kids Exchange.
But for now it’s time to take advantage of the BEST Back to School values anywhere – shop at Kids Exchange this weekend from Friday June 20 – Sunday June 22nd!
Tips: Some buyers bring wagons with them in which they can load their treasures as they shop. It comes in handy to have your own wagon or wheeled cart to keep your clothes as you shop. (There are shopping carts available at the event, too.)
The Kids Exchange is located at the NC State Fairground in Raleigh NC in the Jim Graham Building & Expo Building. Click here for detailed directions to the NC State Fairgrounds: http://www.ncstatefair.org/directions.htm The next Raleigh Kids Exchange will take place on February 4 – 11, 2013.