The biannual Kidsignments sale kicked off early Tuesday morning with hundreds of patrons, volunteers and sellers perusing through aisles of toys, clothes and shoes.
What began as a consignment sale in a two-car garage more than two decades ago has transformed into a gathering for people to come together to purchase and sell lightly used clothing for well below store prices.
“It’s grown really quickly,” said Kidsignment founder Jeri Lynn. “We have more than 1,500 families that are selling their gently used clothing and toys at the sale here this week.”
The event, held at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds, draws a wide variety of people from pregnant mothers all the way to parents with teenagers because of the vast array of items available for sale.
Kidsignments has two events during the year, the current one, which offers buyers a chance to pick up spring and summer clothing, and another one in August to get buyers ready for the cooler fall and winter seasons.
“While it’s still cool right now, we’re preparing for those nice spring and summer days ahead,” Lynn said.
The process of growing the event from out of a garage to not just one, but two buildings full of items at the fairgrounds has been possible with the support of volunteers that spend hours at the weeklong sale.
One volunteer, Courtney Buffington, has spent the last 10 years working at the Kidsignments sale.
“I have two little girls and this is by far the best place to find clothes for them,” Buffington said.
Buffington has two daughters, a 5-year-old and a 10-year-old. She said she began coming to the event when she was pregnant a decade ago.
“The very first year I came here and find out that I could do a three-hour shift to help I called my mother, father, brother and husband and we all did a shift to help out,” Buffington said.
One of the benefits that volunteers get is the ability to preview the selection the night before customers and also get a discount.
Although the event is only two weeks out of the year, Lynn says it is almost like a second full-time job for herself.
“I’m normally planning things out almost yearround,” Lynn said. “I take a few weeks off after the event itself and for holidays, but it’s gotten to the point where to keep it successful and running well you have to put in a lot of time.”
The popularity of the event has increased largely due to a consistent group of returning customers that come back year after year.
Dacula resident Cindy Dodd has come to the event for the past decade.
“I’m always one of the first people in line,” Dodd said. “They’ve just got some really good deals, and when you get here early you’ve got more options.”
Like many others, Dodd was pregnant with her son when she came to Kidsignments for the first time, and has continued to come here over the years to find additional things.
“I’m looking for summer clothes for my son because he goes through clothes really fast and he really wants some outdoors stuff,” Dodd said.
Others, like Anna Chobu, started attending the event because of the vast selection it offers. Chobu said she has been consignment shopping the past five years, but has been coming to Kidsignments the past two.
“There’s lots of clothes here,” Chobu said. “I have two little girls and try to pick out everything that I could need for the summer for them. I spend a good amount of money here, but I get a bunch more clothing here than I would had I shopped at a store.”
Kidsignments is open to the public each day beginning at 9 a.m. and runs until Saturday evening.