Town resident to co-host county’s largest consignment sale

The tinyTots spring/summer sale, held in April, offered high-end children’s clothing in a wide variety of sizes and styles. — tinyTots photo

The tinyTots spring/summer sale, held in April, offered high-end children’s clothing in a wide variety of sizes and styles.

That little bundle of joy may be the light of your life but having kids can get expensive, which is why Greenwich resident Annie Schreck and her sister Mary Slaugenhoup are holding Fairfield County’s largest consignment sale in town, specifically for children’s items, on Aug. 23 and 24 at Greenwich Catholic School.

In an interview with the Post, Ms. Schreck said the event will function as a typical consignment sale with consignors putting up items for purchase and collecting a percentage of their sales from tinyTots Consignment, the company the sisters founded two years ago when they recognized a need for a children’s-based consignment organization in the region.

The difference between tinyTots and other consignment businesses, Ms. Schreck said, is that the items sold are high-end goods and clothing specifically geared towards children, ages newborn to 12 years. Furthermore, consignors earn 70% of their sale prices — a significant portion in comparison to what most consignment stores offer, she said. The quality of items for sale, she said, is also top notch, as anything stained, torn or extremely worn is not accepted.

Ms. Schreck and Ms. Slaugenhoup were not always such savvy consignment pros, however, Ms. Schreck said. It wasn’t until the sisters, who grew up outside of Philadelphia, found a consignment sale near their home town that the pair realized they were paying too much money for children’s items while shopping at places like Babies R Us, she said. And although Ms. Schreck searched for similar children’s consignment sales in lower Fairfield County, she added, nothing could be found.

It was around this time that Ms. Schreck and Ms. Slaugenhoup, whose parents are entrepreneurs, realized that establishing a children’s consignment business was the perfect way for stay-at-home moms like themselves to earn money and help out local parents, Ms. Schreck said. With six children between the sisters, and Ms. Schreck’s fourth child on the way, the pair knew just how important it was to find quality kids’ items at reasonable prices, she said.

The sisters eventually held their first three children’s consignment sales in the basements of local churches in Stamford, watching the events double in size from one sale to the next, Ms. Schreck said. Now, with a sizable following, the tinyTots founders look forward to a long partnership with Greenwich Catholic School, whose ample space and convenient location serve as the perfect venue for their bi-annual sales, Ms. Schreck said.

The sales are held twice a year in accordance with seasonal needs, Ms. Schreck said. The upcoming August event will serve as a fall/winter sale where shoppers will find warm clothing, holiday wear, snow suits, sleds, skis and other cold weather items, she said, whereas the spring/summer sale held each April offers items such as bathing suits, children’s swimming pools and similar warm weather goods.

Whatever the season, parents can expect to find exceptional deals on brand name items, Ms. Schreck said. For example, she said, a dress that retails for $40 regularly could be found for around $6 to $8 at the tinyTots sale.

“The clothing deals are just incredible,” Ms. Schreck said.

Strollers are another hot item at the event, with a large variety of models to choose from and major discounts available, Ms. Schreck said. A Bugaboo stroller that typically costs $500 to $600, for instance, can often be found for about $100 at the sale, she said.

Great bargains are not the only things keeping customers coming back for more, however, according to Ms. Schreck. The tinyTots events have come to serve as a social arena where mothers, and some fathers, network and socialize. Having children makes it hard to meet adults outside of the playground, where parents are usually focused on watching their children anyway, Ms. Schreck said. At the consignment sales, however, mothers usually attend without their children, leaving them free to mingle as they shop for similar items, she said.

“This is the quintessential shopping experience,” Ms. Schreck said, explaining that the lines to enter the event are sometimes out the door, friends tell other friends about the great deals they’ve found and the overall energy at the sale is “through the roof.”

The approximately 100,000 items up for exchange at this weekend’s consignment sale are expected to sell quickly, but there are always some leftover goods, Ms. Schreck said. Accordingly, tinyTots offers consignors the option to donate their unsold items to local charities that serve low income families and teen mothers, at the end of the sale. Since children grow quickly and often lose interest in newly purchased toys, donating these items to charity is a great way to give back to the community while also accomplishing a little “spring cleaning,” Ms. Schreck said.

The consignment sale does not function like a tag sale, however, Ms. Schreck said. Instead, tinyTots volunteers staff the sellers’ tables and, in return, are given the opportunity to shop for the event’s best deals a day or two before they are open to the general public.

For those interested in becoming tinyTots consignors, an online system allows sellers to tag their own items and set their own prices at tinytotsconsignment.com

Grandmothers and new moms looking to score deals at this weekend’s consignment sale will be given the opportunity to shop a presale event tonight, Aug. 22, from 5 to 9 p.m. The general public sale will take place Aug. 23 from 5 to 9 p.m. and Aug. 24 from 9 to 11 a.m. and from 1 to 3 p.m. A special 50% off sale will comprise the Aug. 24 1 to 3 p.m. time slot and significant savings will be available.

For more information, visit tinytotsconsignment.com.

 

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