RI Kids Consignment Sale Underway in North Kingstown

By: Tim Studebaker

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NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (WLNE) – Rack after rack, and table after table, more than 60,000 kids items await shoppers in North Kingstown at the Rhode Island Kids Consignment Sale, going on right now.

RI Kids Consignment Owner Mary-Lyn Siderski says, “Shoes, toys, gear, baby equipment, outside toys… books, DVDs…  Anything you need for a child from when they’re born until they are 16, 17 years old.”

The twice-a-year sale gives parents a chance to clear out some of the items they’re no longer using, while giving other parents who need those items a chance to stock up, all while saving money.

Siderski says, “Most of the items you’ll find are between 30% and 50% of what you would have paid for them retail.”

Items are inspected, checked for recalls, then placed on the sales floor.

Siderski says, “We put them out like a department store, so it’s not individual tables of people that you have to pay individually.”

Their first sale was back in 2010 with about 10,000 items.  Since then, they’ve grown so much, they had to move to an indoor sports arena.

Long-time shopper/consignor Katie Heal says, “I’ve gotten tons of things for my girls over the years, and I’ve been consigning for 7 years.”

It’s not all about saving money, though.  There’s also an environmental impact.

Heal says, “It’s keeping things out of landfills, re-purposing things.  Things get a second life.”

The sale also seems to promote a sense of community.

Heal says, “Some of the moms I’ve met here are my best friends now.  Our kids play together, they grow up together.  We do Girl Scouts together.  It’s been a great experience.”

Anything left at the end of the sale on Sunday will ultimately be donated.

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