More than 65,000 new and gently used childrens items -- from clothing and toys to strollers and diaper bags -- will be up for grabs Thursday, Friday and Saturday in Macon.
Hundreds of volunteers worked to set up the two large childrens consignment sales taking place.
Organizers said the sales offer benefits in several ways. Families can sell products they no longer need, and shoppers can find products theyre looking for at low prices. Portions of the proceeds are donated to charities and help the Christian organizations that organized them to operate throughout the year.
More than 1,300 shoppers are expected at the Vineville Baptist Church sale, said Candace Fry, who is on the eight-member consignment sale committee. More than 200 people signed up to sell items at the three-day event, and proceeds help the church run its youth ministries program. Funds raised from the sale also allowed the church to expand its day school to include a kindergarten class.
The church sees the sale as a community service, said Nancy Jordan, another committee member.
We saw it as a way for people to be able to purchase things that they wouldnt be able to purchase new at a store, she said, and we wanted to help the consigners because they were able to make money on things that they had that they couldnt use anymore.
The Mothers Of Preschoolers, or MOPS, sale at Hephzibah Childrens Home, which runs Friday and Saturday, may be the largest childrens consignment sale in Macon, with more than 40,000 items in its inventory, said Alison McCoy, chair of the 12-member consignment sale committee. More than 300 people signed up to sell items.
The twice-a-year event has been held since 2002 and helps MOPS of Macon at Northway Church to operate. The group reaches out to mothers in the community, holds monthly meetings with guest speakers and organizes events, encouraging and uplifting moms from a Christian perspective, McCoy said.
Last year, MOPS donated money to the Ronald McDonald House, Jays Hope and other charities. Vineville Baptist Church has donated money from its sale to the Salvation Army and Goodwill, and it also has sent money overseas to benefit orphanages in Haiti and Guatemala.
The sales bring people from across Middle Georgia together, Jordan said. Sellers come from Perry, Monticello and Milledgeville, among other places.
Friendships also form among volunteers and organizers who work long hours over the six days it takes to set up and then clean up once the sale is over.
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