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.”
Other consignment sales in Madison County
Berea Kidz Klozet by the Younger Woman’s Club of Berea
10 a.m.-7 p.m. today
8 a.m.-noon Saturday (marked items half-off)
Non-profit group, the Younger Woman’s Club of Berea, organizes the sale twice a year in First Christian Church on Chestnut Street in Berea.
For the past 10 years, the group has raised nearly $8,000 during each sale to benefit several charitable organizations, such as Hope’s Wings Domestic Violence Shelter, Hospice Care Plus, Berea Food Bank and Bereans United for Utility and Rent Relief, said member Susan Robinson.
The YWCB hosts a dinner twice a year for students at the New Opportunity School for Women in Berea as well as awards a $500 scholarship to a young woman graduating from both Berea Community and Madison Southern high schools.
Sellers receive 70 percent of the selling price, and both volunteers and sellers get presale privileges. On top of children’s clothing and toys, Kidz Klozet also accepts clothes for juniors.
Those interested in participating in the fall sale (dates to be announced) may email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The club also welcomes new members and meets 6 p.m. on the third Tuesday of every month at Dinner Bell Restaurant in Berea.
Noah’s Ark, Eastside Community Church
10 a.m.-6 p.m. today
9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday (marked items half-off)
Featuring affordable, gently-used clothing, toys and baby items, the sale is at Eastside Community Church on Catalpa Loop off Irvine Road in Richmond.
With more than 100 sellers, the semi-annual sale raises between $6,000 and $8,000 at both the spring and fall sale.
For the past 10 years, the proceeds have benefited God’s Outreach food pantry, Pregnancy Help Center, University of Kentucky Children’s Hospital and Hope’s Wings Domestic Violence Shelter. Clothing vouchers also are awarded to families through the Hands and Feet program, said organizer Carla Perry.
Sellers receive 70 percent of the selling price and both volunteers and sellers get presale privileges.
The next sale is scheduled August 7-9.
To participate in the next sale, email email@example.com or contact Perry at (859) 893-4757.
Garments of Praise, Church on the Rock, April 11-13
6-9 p.m. Thursday, April 11
9 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday, April 12
8 a.m.-noon, Saturday, April 13
For the past two years, the Garments of Praise sale has featured children’s and adult clothing, as well as home décor at the church, 1049 Richmond Road, Berea.
While participating sellers receive 70 percent of the selling price, the rest, around $4,000 each sale, goes toward various ministries in the church, said Dana Sarver, the church’s outreach organizer.
Through collaboration with the county schools’ Family Resource Centers, families in need are given consignment sale vouchers for the entire family. Seasonal clothing also is stored in the closet to provide for the community throughout the year, Sarver said.
“The need is just incredible,” she said.
The church’s jail ministry visits the detention center twice a week and provides clothes for inmates who are released from jail. Clothing also is provided to fire victims, the homeless and others with special circumstances.
Proceeds help the church’s food pantry, which gave out nearly $38,000 in food last year, she said.
A portion of the money also was used for the Rock-a-Block ministry, which adopted a Berea neighborhood last summer and provided a cookout, inflatables and community projects every Friday.