BOERNE, Texas -

Ally Gallogly paraded to the checkout counter with a bicycle, bassinet and a couple of carts filled with baby gear.

"We're not opening a daycare," she joked.

The mom of a toddler and baby on the way was doing her fair share of shopping Thursday at the Just Between Friends consignment sale at the Kendall Co. Fairgrounds. The sale continues 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday. Admission is $3.

There is no admission Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. when items are marked to half-price.

Shoppers pushed strollers through the aisles jam-packed with clothing and toys. Plenty of baby gear and sports gear was also on the sales floor at prices a fraction of retail. 

Most items are gently used.

"I scored seriously," said shopper Shanda Weller. She estimated the bag of clothing she bought for her two children for $119 would have cost hundreds more at a department store.

"I got a summer wardrobe, some fall, bathing suits and even for a couple ages up," she said.

Velma Barba, attending the sale for the first time, bought rocking horses and more.

"Having a baby, there's so many expenses, but coming here, you save a lot," she said.

For example, a Graco playpen  with a bassinet was priced at $120. Online retailers listed it at $279 for a new one.

The event is not only a chance for shoppers to save money by buying hand-me-downs, it's an opportunity for consignors to cash in on kid clutter.

"We have one lady who's pastor husband is out of work, six kids, and she's hoping to pay her mortgage," said sale organizer Jennifer Hodo.

Hodo said the sale has grown year after year.  Since the economy's been struggling, consignment is one industry that's hit a growth spurt.