Consignment sale draws a crowd

TUPELO – Consigners and shoppers alike are benefiting from the New 2 U Children’s Consignment Event of Northeast Mississippi.
More than 1,000 consigners participated in this year’s three-day event at the Tupelo Furniture Market. Shoppers shopped for discounted prices on all things child-related. From children’s books and movies, to car seats, baby cribs and clothing, the sale was a one stop and cheap shop for nearly everything people needed and wanted for their little ones.
Owner of New 2 U Michelle Cox said the sale has come a long way since starting with only 46 consigners five years ago.
“I started this to find an avenue to recycle old clothes that I had at home,” said Cox. “Well, I found out that I wasn’t the only one who needed to get rid of some old children’s clothes and that a lot of other moms had the same problem. We have really grown over the years. And with the economy being a little shaky we have seen a new crowd of people who are shopping consignment. It’s no longer taboo to some people.”
The benefits of the New 2 U sale for the consigners are vast, according to Cox. New 2 U does all the advertising, provides the venue and provides the computerized inventory system so people can see just how much money they made and how much merchandise they’ve sold. Cox said being able to utilize the Furniture Market has been a big asset to the sale.
Saltillo mom Michele McBride has been selling her children’s old clothes and toys at the sale for the past four years. McBride not only sells at the yearly event, she also purchases the bulk of her children’s clothes there.
“I can come here and get all the kids clothes and get rid of the old ones,” said McBride, who is one of the 300 volunteers for New 2 U.
Julia Brown has shopped at the consignment event for the past three years and said she always finds her children affordable name-brand clothes. And with three children and not a lot of money coming in, Brown said she is more than thankful for New 2 U.
“The name says it all because the things I buy here is new to us,” she said while sifting through racks of toddler clothes. “I lost my job and had to take one that pays much less, so any break I get on clothes and things for the kids is a plus. And a lot of the stuff here is name brand.”
The sale continues today from 10 a.m until 7 p.m. and ends Saturday at 2 p.m. Cox said all merchandise is on sale for 50 percent off on Saturday.
Cox and the consigners know that all the goods won’t be sold and those items that aren’t usually go to a good cause. People have the option to donate what they don’t sell to New 2 U, which then gives it to the Sanctuary Hospice House, which sells it to raise money. Some people take their things to the charity of their choice.

Contact Danza Johnson at (662) 678-1583 or danza.johnson@djournal.com.

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