Weekend consignment sales in the Piedmont

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The line at Happy Moms Consignment Sale in Greensboro was around the building.

Mothers and grandmothers were waiting with handfuls of discounted items.

"It's anywhere from 70 to 90 percent off of the retail price,” Allison Key said.

Key is the owner of Happy Moms Consignment Sale, a bi-annual event now in its third year.

The former teacher started the sale to help give back to other moms.

"On a teacher's income I knew I couldn't afford the nicest things, but yet I wanted the nicest things for my little boy,” she said.

Early March is generally when the spring/summer consignment sales happen in the Piedmont.

With 11 years under its belt, this is the 22nd sale for Covenant Church United Methodist in High Point.

“Who doesn't like to show up and buy dollar books and clothes at a fraction of retail prices,” Karen Dyer, executive committee member in charge of marketing at Covenant Church United Methodist, said.

“Our inventory is probably close to 30,000 items,” committee member Brittany Ivey added.

Baby equipment, toys, bikes, kids clothing and maternity clothes are some of the products at the sale.

Mom Robin Aust has three girls and has been coming to this particular sale for five years.

“To come and find a Gymboree dress for $4.50 is an excellent deal,” she said.

Mom Kelli Gowdy says she finds deals on collared shirts for her son.

“We can sometimes get some hand me downs from our nephews and things that will last for playing and rolling around and playing football, they come in mud-caked, but for something nice it's nice to find something here for that,” she said.

Although there are a lot of weekend sales, Lois Grizzle-Fuchs deals with all things consignment year round.

The mom of seven manages Encore Kids Consignment in Kernersville.

“We accept everything but the kids,” Fuchs said jokingly.

Along with clothes, shoes, and toys, she says parents are also looking for books.

“People realize that kids outgrow items so quickly that it just makes no sense to purchase items at such outrageous prices,” she said.

If you're interested in consigning with a certain group, it’s best to reach out early.

In some cases, there is a waiting list.

One of the benefits is that consignors will not only get a percentage of the sales, but they often get to shop before the public during annual events.