It's just two days until Daylight Saving Time begins, and 10 days until Spring is officially here.
To many, that means spring cleaning, decluttering and clearing out the old to bring in the new.
For a lot of moms, that also means selling clothes that your kids have outgrown and getting rid of their toys and stuff they don't play with anymore. And for those frugal moms, it also means consigning their items and shopping for deals at the local biannual kids' consignment sales.
Lori Chandler, Fishers mother of two, ages 9 and 12 - who turns businesswoman twice a year - is the owner of Indy Kids Sale, which is open this week at the 4-H Fairgrounds, 2003 E. Pleasant St., Noblesville. Chandler and her husband, with the help of volunteers and employees, operate the consignment sale each spring and fall at the Fairgrounds. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, with designated items half price on Saturday.
The sale is huge and has grown to fill the entire Hamilton County Exhibition Center, with more than 50,000 items. Consignors, who are mostly moms, tag every item electronically before they dropped off their items Sunday-Tuesday at the 4-H Fairgrounds. Consignors earn a commission, more if they volunteer at the sale.
Every item is checked to make sure there are no stains, that batteries are in every toy so that buyers know the items operate, and every clothing item is displayed by gender and size, with toys displayed by category.
Shoppers wear comfortable shoes and bring their own shopping bags and small carts. Large recyclable shopping bags are available to use while at the sale and are available for purchase for those wanting to take the bags with them.
Admission is free. Visit www.indykidssale.com/
The next upcoming kids consignment sale is Just Between Friends sale, April 19-22, at the 4-H Fairgrounds. Carmel native and mom Dawn Pfannenstiel has organized and operated the sale for the past nine years. Consignors are still being accepting. Shopping hours will be 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 19-21, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on April 22. Discounts on selected items are 25 percent on April 21, 50 percent on April 22 through 3 p.m., with 75 percent off between 5 and 9 p.m. Visit http://northindy.jbfsale.com