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Twice Upon a Child consignment event offers way to make and save money

Sharon Hayes • Aug 1, 2009 at 12:00 AM

Looking for a way to save money on name-brand kid’s clothing?

Or maybe you’re looking for a way to make some cash by selling the clothes your kids have already outgrown?

An event this month at the MeadowView Conference Resort & Convention Center may be the answer you’re looking for.

Twice Upon a Child is a three-day consignment shopping event held twice a year in Kingsport. Offerings include everything from name-brand gently used clothing and accessories to baby gear, toys and more.

The fall event is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 20, through Saturday, Aug. 22, in the MeadowView Convention Hall.

Shanna Tincher and Allyson Kilgore organize the show.

“Not only can people come in and purchase nice items at a good deal — they can sell their nice items and make some money as well,” Shanna said. “It’s a great opportunity.”

Shanna works part-time as a dental hygienist. She also keeps up with her three children ages 5, 8 and 10.

Allyson is a stay-at-home mom with two boys ages 4 and 6.

Always on the lookout for a good deal on quality clothing for her children, Allyson participated in a seasonal consignment event in Morristown and thought the idea could work in Kingsport.

Shanna in the meantime had consigned clothing with some women who held seasonal consignment sales out of their garage. When the women who conducted the sales decided to get out of the business, Shanna and Allyson joined together to take on the opportunity. They purchased the inventory and started signing up parents interested in consigning their children’s clothing.

The first sale was held in Allyson’s garage in the fall of 2005 with 25 to 30 participants and consignors.

The following spring, the event was moved to the Civic Auditorium to accommodate more consignors and bargain shoppers. It was held there through last fall.

Then in March, the event was moved to MeadowView to accommodate an even larger crowd. As many as 2,000 people came to the spring event.

“We have consignors who come from Knoxville and Dandridge and up in Virginia,” Shanna said, “and shoppers the same way. I even had a girl call from Asheville asking about the sale.”

Twice Upon a Child is now registering new consignors and volunteers at www.twiceuponachildconsignment.com. To date, more than 600 people have registered as consignors.

Consignors wash, press and hang the clothes they wish to sell, then print out labels from the event Web site and use them to attach price tags. Prices are left up to the consignor, but Shanna and Allyson recommend charging one-fourth or one-third the original price of an item.

The organization accepts only name-brand quality clothing in good condition. Sizes range from infant to 14-16.

Consignors also sell shoes, toys, video games, baby gear, baby and children’s furniture, and more — all clean and in good condition.

Folks wanting to participate as consignors can sign up by Friday, Aug. 15, on the Web site. Items for sale should be dropped off at MeadowView beginning Aug. 17. Consignors will receive 60 percent of the selling price, while the event gets 40 percent.

Consignors don’t have to stay for the show, but some volunteer to help, and as a result, get first dibs on items brought in for sale.

The event opens to the public at 9 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 20. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. On Saturday, selected items will be offered at half price. Allyson said consignors have the option of discounting their merchandise on the last day of the sale.

After the sale is over, consignors can pick up their merchandise that hasn’t sold, or they can choose to donate it to charity. In the past, Allyson and Shanna have donated leftover items to Hope House. This year, they’ll also be donating items to the Family Resource Center for Kingsport City Schools.

Allyson said the event also offers vendor space for businesses to rent to showcase their products and services during the sale.

Allyson and Shanna said they work 16 to 18 hours a day during the week leading up to the sale, but they say it’s worth the effort.

“We both enjoy it — we enjoy offering this service to the community because it helps everybody who participates,” Shanna said.

For more information, visit the Web site at www.twiceuponachildconsignment.com.

And if you miss the August event, you’ll have another chance at a similar event just down the highway.

Lollipop Kids Children’s Consignment is another seasonal shopping event scheduled for Sept. 18 through 20 at the Armed Forces Reserve Center in Gray.

The sale will feature clothing, shoes and baby equipment such as bedding, strollers, cribs, high chairs, play yards, toys, books, videos, and more.

“Clothe your children at a fraction of the cost,” said organizer Kellie Harrison.

She said she’s now accepting new consignors as well as volunteers.

For more information on the Gray event, contact Kellie Harrison at (423) 943-0601.

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