First United Methodist Church will host the spring return of its “Sweet Repeats” biannual children’s consignment clothing sale on March 2-4, offering area families a chance to stretch their family budgets just in time for the spring and summer seasons.
Hours for the popular sale will be from 6-9 p.m. on Thursday, from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. on Friday and from 9-noon on Saturday. Thursday and Friday will offer the widest selection of goods while Saturday will again feature many items marked down to half price. A private consignor pre-sale will be offered on Wednesday, March 1.
In addition to bargain hunting, the event offers local families a chance to gain extra dollars by providing for others quality clothing that may have been outgrown by their own children.
Consignors must provide a minimum of $75 worth of items, including clothing in children’s sizes 0-16. Maternity clothing is also accepted as are toys, sports items, shoes, furniture and baby equipment. Car seats inspected to meet preset specifications will also be offered at this year’s sale.
As a way of coping with the preparation time needed for the still growing sale, volunteers also ask that consignors bundle items beforehand by size and gender.
Deadline for registration is Feb. 24. Drop-off for all items is scheduled for 2-7 p.m. on Feb. 26. Additional detailed instructions can be found in an information packet accompanying the registration form. Forms may be found by following links at fumcsweetrepeats.com. There is a $10 non-refundable registration fee for each consignor.
Due to the sale’s continuing popularity, several new features have been added to aid in organization and to encourage new consignors.
This year, for the first time, an electronic tagging system and checkout system will be used. The system will allow each consignor to check from home to see what items have or haven’t sold at any point during the sale.
“This will make things easier for our consignors and for our volunteers,” explained Amanda Cook of the sponsoring church children’s committee. “We’re hoping to decrease the number of volunteer hours needed by half.”
Consignors will receive one admission ticket to the Wednesday evening pre-sale. Tickets will be presented at drop off. Consignors will also be entered into a $100 cash drawing with the winner to be selected during the pre-sale. The selected entrant must be present to win.
The sale is held each spring and fall as a way of raising funds while providing a community service. A 30% portion of each sale is retained by the children’s committee to be used in providing opportunities for children’s programs and activities during the coming months.
The event also gives area families the opportunity to purchase gently used children’s clothing and accessories throughout the weekend at a fraction of their original price.
“This benefits church and community,” Cook noted. “We’re able to use the funds we raise as they’re needed. That may be in our Vacation Bible School, to upgrade children’s programs or for activities. And we’re usually able to provide a couple of scholarships for our pre-school.”