By Sam Strike
The Spring Chicken Kids’ Consignment Sale will take place on Friday and Saturday.
Everything from clothing to toys to equipment will be for sale from noon to 8 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Armenian Martyrs’ Congregational Church, 100 North Edmond’s Avenue in Ardmore.
The bi-annual sale, which began in 2007, was started by local sisters Kim Vearling and Kathy Hecht.
At the time, Vearling said, only mothers of multiples could consign at the largest consignment sale in the area. And taking their children’s items to local consignment stores didn’t get much of a return, she said.
So the sisters rented a small space and organized the community consignment event, which had about 35 consignors the first year. There are about 140 consignors scheduled for the sale this weekend, Vearling said.
“It’s just been a huge success. We have to turn consignors away. We want to keep it as a community-based event,” she said.
The sale Friday and Saturday will include fall and winter clothing, snow pants and gear and Halloween costumes. They also have a sale in the winter for summer items and a holiday toy sale in November.
The Spring Chicken is normally the first local sale of the season, Vearling said. “I think the summer gives everyone a little more flexibility.”
Both Vearling, of Springfield, and Hecht, of Havertown, have full-time jobs. “It’s just something on the side. It’s both fun and exhausting,” Vearling said.
The sale is particular about what it takes from consignors. All clothing has to be hung on hangers, toys have to have batteries included and working, and everything needs to be clean and in good shape. Each consignor determines his or her own prices and determines if they will go half-price during the last two hours of the sale.
They have added a tagging service in which another person will tag a consignor’s items. The tagger gets a percentage of the sales.