How long have you been consigning with KidStuff Sale?
I’m actually the founder and owner of KidStuff Sale! My very first consigning experience was in Spring 1997, and I started KidStuff Sale in Fall 1997. I consigned my own items until almost 2010, and now I simply organize and manage the KidStuff Sale events!
What’s your favorite thing about KidStuff Sale?
I’m constantly amazed at how many great buys our consignors and shoppers walk away with. You can buy a whole season’s wardrobe for around $200, and then turn around and resell many of those items in the next sale. Also, as someone who doesn’t always love shopping around, I love the variety of things available in one place.
As the owner, I love watching families benefit from each other’s gently-used items and connect over saving money and buying awesome items. I also love the community built around KidStuff Sale.
What’s been your best find/steal at KidStuff Sale?
When I was buying things for my family, I always found the best quality large toys for decent prices. There were plenty of timeless toys (Little Tike, etc.) at great prices. And if took care of them, I was able to turn around and sell them for the same price.
Today, as I’ve watched countless items come in and out of the events, I’ve realized that we always have a stuffed giraffe in the sale! And it never fails to sell the very first night. Over the years, we’ve come to wonder, Is it the same giraffe? Ha!
Tell us about your family!
I’ve been married to my husband Mark for 25 years this October. I have two kids — Allie is 23 and is a freelance writer, and Sam is 21 and a junior at Indiana University. And of course my mother, Gramma Peg, who started KidStuff Sale with me in 1997. From running a register to building racks to unloading cars, they’ve all helped throughout the years. I often say that this is a family business!
What’s your favorite thing to do as a family?
I love simply getting time together since we’re all spread out — Allie doesn’t live at home, and Sam is in Bloomington. A particular tradition we have is going for sushi before the kids go/went back to school. We also love going to the lake and always have a big Fourth of July party.
What’s your favorite thing about being a mom?
I guess just watching the kids grow up. It’s neat to realize how much we all have in common now that they’re working, self-sustaining adults. It really is an amazing experience, being a parent, and I can’t wait for my kids to become parents themselves.
What’s something interesting about yourself?
I’ve been a licensed realtor for 31 years. Funny enough, the very first consignment sale I attended was run by the wife of a relocation client while working at Brown-Forman. So, it could be said that real estate was the reason I founded KidStuff Sale! In fact, I don’t view my two businesses as being very different…both are super rewarding services that allow me to guide others to get the most for their money and provide for their families.
In my free time, I kayak, bike, and exercise with my friends and husband.
What advice do you have for moms looking to consign with and/or shop KidStuff Sale for the first time?
Shoppers: Have a list of specific things you’re looking for and sizes of clothes! Some shoppers also bring “sample” garments from their kids’ closets so they can visually match to-size.
Consignors: Take good care of your things, i.e. keep instruction manuals, boxes, keep things clean and in good shape. Honestly, they will sell for more. I’ve watched multiple of the same item come into the sale, and the better-kept items sell quicker and for more money.