First United Methodist Church will host the fall return of its biannual “Sweet Repeats” children’s consignment clothing sale on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, offering area families a chance to stretch fall and winter clothing budgets.
Thursday’s scheduled hours are from 6-9 p.m. in the church’s Family Life Center, providing the first and best selection of goods. On Friday, merchandise will be offered from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. The event continuing on Saturday morning from 9 a.m.-noon.
Items to be offered include gently used children’s clothing, toys, some baby equipment, maternity clothes, nursery bedding, books, sports equipment, shoes and other child-related items. Car seats, inspected to meet preset specifications, will also be available. Clothing is offered in sizes 0-16, with smaller sizes usually proving most popular.
According to volunteer Kelly Motsinger, a large turnout of shoppers is expected on Thursday evening, usually the busiest time of the weekend.
“We always seem to have a large turnout on Thursday,” Motsinger said. “That’s when the selection is at its best. And Friday is also a good day. Saturday is usually less hectic and we have a lot of people return who have already been by once. A lot of our Saturday merchandise will be half-off. People come back who may have been undecided on an item before or they may be looking for some really good prices.”
Sponsored by the First United Methodist Church Children’s Committee, this marks the ninth year that the church has hosted a spring and fall community consignment sale. Organizers describe the sale as a way of raising funds while providing a community service, allowing local families to find quality fall children’s clothing at a fraction of its original price.
“This year’s sale should be as big or bigger than it’s ever been,” Motsinger noted. “We have over 150 consignors taking part and there’s a good selection of merchandise. Every year it seems to grow.”
A portion of each sale is retained by the church’s children’s committee to be used in providing opportunities for children’s programs and activities during the coming months.
“This is an important weekend for our children’s ministry,” Motsinger said. “It funds programs that benefit our children and our community. And it helps families with inexpensive, high quality clothing.”