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Industrial-sized kids’ garage sale

Event: Residents can fill many of their children’s needs later this month

Posted: October 8, 2010 10:18 p.m.
Updated: October 10, 2010 4:55 a.m.

Kristin Nelson and Stacy Kupfer are surrounded by merchandise at the fall 2008 Santa Clarita Valley Kids Consignment sale in Granary Square. The sale occupied 7,000 square feet. This year’s event is in a 35,000-square-foot warehouse in Valencia.

 

Kristin Nelson founded the local Kids Consignment sales seven years ago, when she organized the events as an alternative to driving from garage sale to garage sale in search of items her sons needed.

Nelson , 40, began the business in her own driveway, later moving the massive collection of merchandise to warehouses for the twice-yearly sales in L.A., the San Fernando Valley and Valencia.

Stacy Kupfer, 43, a local resident, teamed up with Nelson in 2008 to hold the Santa Clarita Valley sales. Kupfer has two daughters who also help at the colossal sales.

Kids Consignment’s slogan, “Kids are expensive! Their stuff doesn’t have to be!” defines what the sales events are geared to — families saving about 70- to 90-percent off retail prices.

“Kids grow so fast and people try not to be wasteful,” said Kupfer.

Buying second-hand also helps reduce landfills from product packaging and saves the environment because when a shopper buys second hand, it is one less product that has to be manufactured, said Kupfer.

Giant garage sale
SCV Kids Consignment is holding its fall sale Oct. 21-24 in the Industrial Center in Valencia. The first day of the event is a private sale for consignor, volunteers and for residents who purchase a pre-sale pass on the company’s website. The remaining days are open to the public.

The business rents vacant warehouse space in the spring and fall for its sales, carrying seasonal clothing at each event along with children’s toys, books, educational toys, nursery accessories, furniture and indoor and outdoor play equipment.

All of the items sold at the event have been examined for wear and tear, said Kupfer. The merchandise cannot be torn or stained and any battery operated items must be in working condition.

Sophisticated
SCV Kids Consignment is a very organized garage sale.

The organizers use a point-of-sale system that prints sales tickets for every item selected for sale.

The system tracks sales by the item sold and which consignor the merchandise belonged to. The sales ticket on each item also states whether the consignor will make an item available for a 50-percent discount on the last day of the sale.

“The feedback from our customers is that our sale is the most organized,” said Kupfer. “We do it for a purpose so that everything is nice for shoppers.”

Merchandise is organized with likeitems arranged together on the floor. Clothing is arranged by gender and size.

People who wish to sell items at the event pay a small fee, registering in advance, and earn 65 percent of everything sold. If a consignor agrees to volunteer at the sale by working three hours, he or she earn 70 percent.

The event also relies on volunteers to staff the sale in three-hour shifts. Volunteers are eligible to attend the first-day pre-sale.

Nelson and Kupfer cover all of the site rental fees, advertising and overhead expenses. Over 400 consignors are participating this year.

Local Charities

At the end of each sale, remaining items are donated to seven local charities.

The sales system also tracks the items that consignors have said they will donate, and tracks the appropriate charity for the donated goods.

Kupfer said they want to get the right items to the right charity; for example, the Boys & Girls Club likes to get books.
Charities pick up the item at the end of the sale.

“I love that this sale is so community-based,” said Kupfer.

Shoppers can attend the giant sale Oct. 22 through 24, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 24901 Ave. Stanford in Valencia. Detailed information for consignors and volunteers can be found at www.scvkidsconsignment.com.

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