The Richmond Register

Lifestyles & Community

March 7, 2014

County’s oldest consignment sale begins today

At First United Methodist Church

RICHMOND — The Little Ones’ Consignment Sale, Madison County’s oldest semi-annual sale of its kind, is open to the public 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. today (Friday) and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at the multi-ministry center behind United Methodist Church, West Main Street, Richmond. Marked items are half price on Saturday.

The sale features children’s clothes, shoes and toys for all ages and always falls on the first weekend of March and the first weekend of August.

Although long-time organizers Maribeth Upchurch and Sharon Flanery were a little uncertain exactly when the community sale began, they both figured it to be about 20 years ago.

It started through the women’s ministry at the church, but now half of the sale’s committee consists of volunteers from various churches and organizations in the community, Flanery said.

The sale’s first organizer, Melissa Hudson, drew inspiration from the Lil’ Lambs Closet sale in Lexington and decided to start a similar event in Madison County.

Aside from offering gently used clothes at discount prices, the $10,000 to $12,000 in proceeds from each sale goes right back into the community, Upchurch said.

Cash proceeds and leftover donations go to causes such as the Pregnancy Help Center, God’s Outreach food pantry, Habitat for Humanity, Hope’s Wings Domestic Violence Shelter, Health Now! Clinic, children’s hospitals, mission trips and to the Family Resource Centers at the county’s schools.

The sale’s more than 150 sellers receive 70 percent of the selling price, while the rest is used for the sale’s various beneficiaries.

Hundreds of people also volunteer their time to organize the merchandise, price it and even stuff shopping bags with informational flyers, Flanery said.

Those who volunteer for at least three hours get first selection of merchandise in the Thursday presale.

That’s one reason why mother Erin Johnston volunteered this year, she said. “I have an 8-year-old that keeps growing out of things.”

Her son also has a new puppy that has been wreaking havoc on his wardrobe, she said.

Kristi Hillard, who has a 9-year-old and 4-year-old, puts clothes in the LOC sale every year.

“It’s usually very profitable for me,” she said. “The sale is always very organized and they are really good to the volunteers.”

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