Kid stuff cons­ignment sale enjoys growth spurt

Just Between Friends sale at Kendall County Fair­grounds through Saturday

Among the aisles of onesies and piles of toys, the Kendall County Fairgrounds was crawling Thursday morning. And that was just the moms.

A steady stream of strollers and parents arrived first thing to scoop of deals on hand-me-downs as the Just Between Friends consignment sale got under way. The sale continues until 7 p.m. Thursday, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Friday, and 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday at 1307 River Road.

"I love deals," said Kristy Hightower, mother of two toddlers. She scored an umbrella stroller.

"It's five dollars," she said. "You can't beat that and it works great."

This is the fifth year for event, which every year has enjoyed a growth spurt.

The Boerne franchise was born of a need during the recession. Since then, sales have tripled, according to sales organizer Jennifer Hodo.

"We want to make it a great retail experience with really good prices," Hodo said. "We don't want it to be a garage sale. We don't want it to be a swap meet."

It is definitely not your grandmother's tag sale. Consignors use the company's website to create scannable bar codes to put on their gently used clothes and gear they want to sell.

Not only do shoppers save money, sellers make make money.

In Cristina Clegg's case, a lot of money.

"I made $1,500 the last sale, just my part of it, which paid for my Vegas trip," she said.

Consignors get 65 to 70 percent of the sale, depending on if they volunteer to work.

Clegg, who's profited more each year for four years, is something of a super-consignor.

"I also bought a stove. I bought an iPad and paid for my kitchen backsplash," she said.

Although the economy has recovered, parents appear to be hanging on to resale-shopping habits, turning baby bargains into big business.

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