Consignment Sales Booming in Region 8

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Expected mothers and fathers Saturday took advantage of bargains at the Fellowship Bible Church in Jonesboro as the Twinkle Twinkle Consignment sale concluded. Organizers say thousands of customers attended the 3-day sale for items marked down 1/3 of retail price.

"We have more consigners this year and more shoppers this year, I think people are taking advantage of the great deals that they can find," said Reagan McNeil, co-owner of Twinkle Twinkle, LCC.

Shoppers across the country are hoping to save money on everything from cars to clothing. Consignment sales are booming as people search for bargains.

"It's a lot cheaper, I mean, you save a lot of money," said Kathy Frederick. "You can get quite a few things because everything is pretty cheap."

Frederick is a teacher at Jonesboro's Annie Camp. She's expecting her first child, a baby girl, in the next couple of weeks.

"I'm getting ready for my upcoming first child and they got a lot of really, younger clothes, but want to get more for when she's older and trying to save some money at the same time," said Frederick.

Frederick said she didn't want to spend a lot of money on clothing items that will only last a few months.

"It's very important because you have no idea how long they're going to be in the clothes, and so you don't want to spend a ton of money on clothing they're not going to wear for very long so especially in today's economy, you really want to save as much money as you can," said Frederick.

"They sell the things their child outgrew last year and buy new clothes that they need this year to fit so most of our consigners come year after year, most of our buyers, once they find out about our sale, come back year after year to restock their wardrobes," said McNeil. "We have a lot of new moms and pregnant moms who come and stock their whole nursery with beds and strollers and everything that you need for a baby and it's all about a third of the retail price."

The Twinkle Twinkle Consignment sale has been in place since 2003. McNeil said more people are hunting for bargains on maternity clothing and children's clothing this year than years past. There are 2 sales, one in fall and one in spring.

"I'm sure the economy is playing a role in it, people are just looking for a bargain and looking for ways they can save money any way they can and children need cloths, they have to buy them," said McNeil.

McNeil also said the items that aren't sold benefit children all across Region 8.

"We have many many many items that are given to the Pregnancy Resource Center and also to the Junior Auxiliary's Cloth's Closet and those clothes, and also to the foster care system. So many many kids in the community benefit from the donations from our consigners," said McNeil.