South Windsor moms hold consignment sale

By Lisa Stone - ReminderNews
South Windsor - posted Wed., Oct. 9, 2013
A family of helpers visits the 15th annual Children’s Clothing and Gear Sale; Ava Articolo, Caroline, baby Max and Olivia Kania along with Selmi Hernandez.  Olivia has her eye on the ‘Little Tykes’ toy. Photo by Lisa Stone.
A family of helpers visits the 15th annual Children’s Clothing and Gear Sale; Ava Articolo, Caroline, baby Max and Olivia Kania along with Selmi Hernandez. Olivia has her eye on the ‘Little Tykes’ toy. Photo by Lisa Stone.

The South Windsor Moms Club held its 15th annual Children’s Clothing and Gear Sale at the Wapping Community Church on Oct. 5. The church’s gymnasium contained several racks of clothing and outerware as well as rows of tables containing children’s books, toys, games and other items - many still in their original boxes and unopened.

“People need to realize there is a huge difference in a tag sale and a consignment sale,” said the club’s vice president, Ann-Marie Germano. “People put their own value to the items that they are willing to sell at the sale, and then we give back 70 percent of the sale price to the owner and we keep 30 percent for the club. We have very reasonable prices and the quality is unbelievable. It is much better than a tag sale.”

The club was hoping to top their record sale of $15,000. The money that the club makes goes to worthy projects like playground equipment for the ‘Boundless Playground’ at the community center and helping the school system with expenses that are not in the budget. During the past eight years, the club has donated more than $60,000 to the South Windsor Fuel and Food Bank.

“Many events collect food items for the food bank,” said the club’s treasurer, Carolyn Venne, “But what about the people that are cold and can’t afford to heat their house? We help them by donating to the Fuel and Food Bank to help offset their heating costs. We also helped out with the South Windsor Car Seat program and the Safety Town program which is for children entering kindergarten to learn how to use 911.”

This was the second sale at the church. The church’s gymnasium offers more space than their previous spots. The club has two sales a year, one in the fall and another one in the spring. Their three main goals for the sale are to recycle items, to help the community by selling great items for a very low cost and to raise money for future projects.

Caroline Kania was one of the moms volunteering that day. Her daughter, Olivia, had her eye on a ‘Little Tykes’ play store. “This is really great for the kids,” said Kania. “We are all so proud to be a part of this club. The shoppers are going to make out great with the bargains that are here today.”

“I love going to these types of sales,” said Gary Dustin. “My wife is looking through the racks as we speak. I think this is great for the entire community, and I am happy to help support them.”

The next consignment sale will be April 5. The club has started to use a digital system that allows the sellers to create their own tags online. The club has a pricing guide for those that would choose to use it. The article’s destination after the sale is to be predetermined by the seller. They may choose to pick it up at the end of the day or they may wish to donate the items.

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