In the News
September 10, 2008
Author: Tamara Ward
Are you in need of affordable children's clothing, toys, furniture, strollers, children's equipment, maternity clothes, and other related items? The tenth anniversary of a consignment sale so large shoppers fill Morrisville Outlet Mall parking lots and line the side of the building is just around the corner. The locally organized Kids EveryWear Consignment Sale begins next week.
"We truly think Kids EveryWear is the best sale around," said Gail Walker, one of the organizers of the event. "Folks literally come back year after year from Florida, Virginia, Maryland, South Carolina and other states."
Walker, who recently lived in Fuquay-Varina 13 years, organizes the sale with Apex resident Beth Pendola. Walker said the two organize the event with the "tremendous help of our husbands and hundreds of incredible volunteers and friends, without whom we honestly couldn't continue."
The semiannual Kids EveryWear Consignment Sale will be held at the Morrisville Outlet Mall off Airport Blvd. next week and is open to the public Tuesday-Friday Sept. 16-19 from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. On Thursday, some items are on sale at 50% off, and on Friday, some items are 75% off.
Tens of thousands of items from more than 1,000 consigners are sold to thousands of shoppers, Walker said. And, almost 300 volunteers work the sale. Walker said one of the aspects of the Kids EveryWear sale that attracts shoppers is the quality of the items for sale; only items in nearly new condition are accepted.
"Many sales just take anything that comes in," Walker said, adding that volunteers check every item and pull those with stains, tears and wear from racks.
"Shoppers at Kids EveryWear comment year after year that they have started shopping only at Kids EveryWear because they don't have to look through tons of worn items to find the good stuff," Walker said. "We've done that dirty work for them."
The sale began 10 years ago in Walker's dining room and then moved to Pendola's garage.
"We both wanted an outlet to sell our own baby clothes," Walker said.
"We had so many people asking to sell their items, too, and also to be told about future sales," she said.
The pair began a mailing list and soon moved to a building in the South Hills Mall parking lot.
"We spilled out into the parking lot immediately," Walker said.
The sale moved to the pair's church classrooms and then to its auditorium.
"After a few years, we were using every nook and cranny available and were busting out the seams," Walker said.
Now the sale is held in three rented spaces at the Morrisville Outlet Mall. Shoppers are encouraged to bring hampers bungeed to luggage carts, or wagons and strollers, to carry items to purchase. Cash, MasterCard, Visa and checks are accepted with identification.
Volunteers and consigners shop the sale earlier than the public sale. First-time and pregnant mothers can register online and shop early, too. Consignors earn two thirds of the item's selling price, don't have to be present at the sale, and pick up their checks and unsold items after the sale ends. Unsold items also are donated to UNC Children's Hospital and Birthchoice.
Garner resident D.J. Bordeaux, who has worked in Fuquay-Varina for 13 years and is the mother of three children, has been a consigner and volunteer at the sale for more than six years. She plans on attending the upcoming sale, as well.
"You can get whatever you are looking for or whatever you need n or sometimes don't need n for your children or baby to come," Bordeaux said. "I have always made as much money as I spend, so I always consider it recycling."
"I think the sale is successful for many reasons," she added. "For one, you get what you need for your children at a fraction of the price. You have fellowship with some great friends and mothers at the sale. It is truly like a little family in itself. ? It truly is a blessing to all who help, attend and shop."
For more information, visit the Kids EveryWear website at www.kidseverywear.com.
February 26, 2004
Sale keeps growing every year
Author: Hilary Caryl Russell; Staff Writer
Local stores and area outlet malls may think they've got the best the sales in town, but two local women have come up with a two-fold way for sellers and shoppers to get the best deal around and it only happens twice a year.
Cleaning out the closets has never been so much fun if it means picking up some cash. For those who want to outfit their little ones in the best that money can buy without breaking the bank, mark your calendars to attend the 10-day sale, March 3-12, at Prime Outlets in Morrisville.
And the best way to take advantage of this bi-annual sale is to volunteer for two 4-hour shifts or one 6-hour shift, which guarantees private shopping hours before the doors open to the public.
Apex resident, mother of three with a fourth baby due in August, Beth Pendola and her friend Gail Walker, a mother and Fuquay-Varina resident, began their own consignment sale in Pendola's garage six years ago.
The annual event, which began in Cary in 1998 with 30 consignors dropping off new to gently used baby items, some brand name, such as clothing, furniture and toys, has grown from a two car garage to an outlet location in Morrisville with over 600 consignors participating today.
The past 10 sales have been held at Community Life Church on W. Williams St. and N.C. 55 in Apex, but it's become so popular, said Pendola, that a bigger space was needed for this year's event. "We started out in the multi purpose room and began to take over every square-inch that wasn't used and we got to the point where we'd really outgrown the location," she said.
"So we will be in Morrisville this year and it is possible we will be doing our July sale there as well, but we will be looking for a larger space again."
Two sales are held per year, in early spring and early fall. Pendola said each consignor typically drops off 100 pieces to sell and with 600 consignors signed up for the event, there's sure to be something for everyone.
Kids clothes, sizes 0-14, toys, strollers, and furniture will all be sold for varying prices but one thing sellers can count is the quality of the product. Only high-end, practically new, working items are accepted.
"Stuffed animals take up so much space and do not sell very well, so we don't accept those. But we try to do a good job in accepting items that will sell and keep our quality up," said Pendola. Items that did not sell during the event that consignors do not pick up are donated to a local charity.
"The charity Birth Choice does a lot of counseling for pregnant women and it's run by Catholic Parish Outreach," said Pendola. Although Pendola and Walker head up the event, almost 200 volunteers also donate their time to ensure the sale goes off seamlessly.
"We begin working about three months before the next sale so It's very time consuming, but it's not difficult, and because consignors price their own items that makes it much easier," added Pendola. The sale begins March 3 at 1 p.m. for the volunteers who have worked at least two 4-hour shifts. At 5 p.m. volunteers who have worked less than an 8-hour day are then invited to shop until closing time at 9 p.m.
"Then our consignors shop next on March 4 at 10 a.m. Then we have a friends of consignors sale who come in and shop from 12 p.m. to closing," said Pendola.
The Public is then invited to shop March, 5,6 and 8, from 10-9 p.m. March 7 the doors are open from 12 to 6 p.m.
On March 9, super volunteers can come back and receive 50 percent off specialty marked items 1-9 p.m. and volunteers will receive 50 percent off specialty marked items from 5 to 9 p.m. On March 10-11, the public receives 50 percent off specialty marked items from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
"And then we're trying something new this year where we're doing 75 percent off all of our green inked priced items March 12 and 50 percent off all of our black inked priced items."
Directions to Prime Outlets in Morrisville are as follow: From Raleigh/Cary: Take I-40 West to Exit 284 (Airport Boulevard). Turn left onto Airport Boulevard. At the second light turn right onto Factory Shops Road. Take the first left into the mall parking lot. The Kids Everywhere sale is No. 400 across from Carters (toys & equipment) & #280 across from Sorrento Restaurant (clothes). You are advised to park in spaces only, not on the street or risk being towed.
The News & Observer
February 12, 2001
Author: Kelly Starling; Staff Writer
Balancing her daughter Abigail on one hip, Gail Walker grabs a handful of bundled clothes from her station wagon and enters a vast storage room. She bypasses bins stuffed with socks, bottles and shoes, a tabletop of assorted used toys and heads for a rack crowded with kids' gear.
Finding space is a feat. The 33-year-old must part a thicket of sleepers, shirts and dresses to squeeze room for other outfits her two girls have outgrown.
"Oh, I remember when Emma used to wear that," she says, stroking a pink Gymboree jumper. "Sometimes you get sentimental."
These clothes --hundreds of items --represent donations from just two families. More than 300 parents will have dropped off clothes and equipment for the Kid's EveryWear consignment sale when it opens to the public Tuesday at Community Life Church in Apex.
Organized by stay-at-home moms Walker and Beth Pendola, the annual sale -- just 4 years old -- has become a sensation, giving parents a way to save on children's clothing and equipment while making some cash of their own.
"I don't buy new clothes any more," Pendola says as her children Jonah and Emma Beth scamper around in stylish hand-me-downs. "With the money I pay for one outfit, I could get three or four things here." That idea is big around the Triangle. The Raleigh Mothers of Multiples Club has run a children's consignment sale for about 20 years, says sale co-chairwoman Hilary Palonsky. They'll do it again Feb. 24 at the Holshouser Building at the State Fairgrounds.
"We've pretty much tripled our amount of revenue over the last few years," says co-chair Shannon Crowell.
Organizers say these events are favorites because they blend two things mothers love -- getting a bargain and making friends.
The biggest draw may be the deals. Consignors who bring clothes to the sale get a hefty cut off the selling price. People who shop the sales can stock up on items priced at a portion of what retail stores charge. A glance around the Kid's EveryWear storage area reveals why these sales have caught on: $20 brown leather Mary Janes by Gap in the original box slashed to $4; a plastic bag filled with bottles marked 10 cents each; a blue-and-white striped Fisher Price sleeper for 50 cents; Gap blue-jean overalls with matching hat for $8. That's on the high end of selling prices, Pendola says.
The Mothers of Multiples say people can also find bargains on clothes and equipment at their sale. They also have multiple must-haves, such as matching outfits and pillows designed for moms breastfeeding two mouths at a time.
"You can buy a double stroller, which is usually about $150, for about $60," says Crowell, mother of four.
Imagine a department store close-out sale with shoppers scrambling for the best find. That's the pulse of the day, Palonsky says.
Why the urgency? The burden of paying for diapers, formula, clothes and hospital visits can overwhelm even the most financially savvy family. For Mothers of Multiples, it's even costlier, as they outfit twins, triplets or quads. One member, Nancy Miller, has quints; that's five sets of sleepers, five sets of booties, five sets of hats.
Crowell says for some mothers the sale makes the difference in whether their children will receive gifts for birthdays and Christmas. Palonsky says she loves the relationships that form.
"Some of my best friends are moms of multiples," says the mom of two sets of twins. "Everyone welcomes you when they see you and asks how old your children are."
Walker and Pendola of Kid's EveryWear say one woman brought them banana and cinnamon bread during the sale. Volunteers sit and share secrets. Mothers swap parenting joys and woes.
"We've developed these relationships and the mothers come back year after year," Walker says. "Sometimes we'll see their child and know just who's coming in next."
Pendola says even her husband, an environmental engineer, gets in on the project. "He says, 'It's the ultimate form of recycling.' "
### Information: Caption: Gail Walker, with daughter Abigail, prepares clothing for the sale. Staff Photo By Meg Kuryla
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