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Floyd County

February 1, 2008

New era of yard sales hitting Southern Indiana

Three-day consignment sale scheduled for March in New Albany

Save gas and time by making several purchases at one location is what KidStuff Sales owner Suzette Decker had in mind when starting a unique consignment business in 1997.

For the first time that business is coming to Southern Indiana March 14-16 at the National Guard Armory along Grant Line Road in New Albany.

Locals will have the chance to sell their own children’s clothing, toys and furniture or browse for purchases themselves. Decker said most families desire a place to sell their children’s outgrown garments, but many do not have time to set up a yard sale.

“It’s nice to think that we can always donate everything, but it’s also nice to make a little bit of money so we can buy the next size,” Decker said.

At the other end of the spectrum, those looking for a good deal on quality used clothes and furniture also need a place to shop that is convenient.

Decker believes KidStuff Sales takes care of needs for both the consumer and the merchant.

“As gas prices go up and moms are so busy, it’s hard to hop houses (during yard sales) looking for decent things for your children,” Decker said.

She describes the sale as a way of mothers helping mothers to provide quality clothing and toys for a reasonable price.

Decker believes the three-day event will bring hundreds to the National Guard Armory for shopping. She said unlike other consignment businesses, sellers are given 70 percent of what they value their goods.

“They know if they overprice it, they’re going to carry it home,” Decker said. “Therefore they are a little bit more lenient with the pricing since they know they are getting 70 percent back.”

KidStuff is automated with an online inventory control system where consignors can enter and price all of their items over the Internet. Decker said this encourages privacy and convenience for users.

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