Consignment sale shopping on the rise

By Kristen Miranda - bio l email

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - More people are consignment shopping than have in quite a long time, if ever.

In this recovering economy, more shoppers are turning to consignment stores to find what they need.  The industry is seeing record growth with sales up seven percent a year for the past two years.

Goodwill alone generated $2.8 billion in 2009.  Today there are more than 30-thousand consignment and resale shops in the United States.

It's moms and expectant moms who are gobbling up the deals at a rapid rate.

"There's no reason to pay full price," said Allison Jaquier.  She is pregnant with twins and already has a little girl at home.  Finding a deal is vital.

Just last weekend she purchased $400 worth of clothes and other baby items for $100.

More moms like Allison are realizing what a bargain there is to be found in consignment is.  That's why more sales are popping up.

"This is almost a necessity. You have to be able to find the deals and consignment is one way," said Sonya Krueger with Charlotte Mothers of Multiples.

The organization holds two consignment sales each year, inspecting each item for quality, and offering it all at a 75% discount.

At this past February's sale there were 50,000 items available.  That's 10,000 more than the last sale.  The group saw a 7% increase in profits.

"I think people have realized there is a need for recycling and reusing and you can't find toys and clothes cheaper," Krueger said.

There are several upcoming children's consignment sales in the Greater Charlotte area, including the Upscale Wee Sale in Rock Hill the weekend beginning Thursday, March 3rd.

There is also a sale at the Harris YMCA on Quail Hollow Road, Saturday, March 5th, and one the same day at University City United Methodist Church.

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