Kids Market Inc, a non-profit organization with 501c3 status, will be holding their semi-annual event on March 29, at Rodeheaver Auditorium in Winona Lake.
Kids Market Inc. exists to help the women and children of Kosciusko County by holding two consignment sales each year — one in March and another in September. Families bring their gently used maternity and children’s items and volunteers organize the items and hold a consignment sale.
The sale begins on Thursday with set-up and collecting items, and concludes on Sunday with the pick-up of unsold or donated items. It’s a busy weekend, but it is so worth it. The organization is humbled by how many people are touched by this little sale. Every year stories are shared about how Kids Market has impacted many lives.
Kids Market’s favorite time comes after the sale: when the families the organization has adopted come and get clothing for free, when the organizations come to collect their boxes of donated items, when stories are shared about how this sale has helped the women and children that live in the community and when the organization meets with local non-profits to make financial donations to their organizations.
Kids Market has found organizations locally that align perfectly with their mission, and the organization is thankful for the work these people are doing to impact the lives of families in Kosciusko County. The average number of items sold in spring sales is 21,700 with 341 sellers.
After the bills are paid and budgeted for our next sale, the money left over is given away. After the September 2013 sale Kids Market donated $13,750 to the following non-profit charities: Fellowship Mission Homeless Shelter, CCS Project Independence, Heartline and B.A.B.E., Baker Youth Club, Beaman Home, Lakeland Youth Center, North Webster Community Center, Teen Parents Succeeding, New Beginnings Preschool, North Webster Daycare and Silver Lake Community Food Pantry. Since the first sale in the fall of 2001, Kids Market has donated over $166,000 to local organizations.
The March sale info is as follows:
- Drop-off gently used items from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 27, and from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Friday, March 28.
- Volunteer pre-sale will be from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, March 28.
- Consignor pre-sale will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, March 28.
- Public Sale will be from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 29.
- The 50 percent off sale will be held from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 29.
- Pick-up of unsold items will be from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 30.
The following booths will be present at this sale: April Moore Creations, UsBorne Books & More, Music for Life, Lake City Music Together, Jambery Nails, B.A.B.E. Boutique, The Beaman Home, WIC and Heartline Pregnancy Center.
The deadline for becoming a consignor for the March sale is 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 26. If you are interested in becoming a consignor or volunteer for the upcoming sale or want more information about Kids Market, please visit their website at http://kidsmarketinc.com or on Facebook.