Friday, March 1 from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday, March 2 from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Dollar Dash at 4 p.m. on Saturday
Most moms work hard to wardrobe their children in quality clothes they love while avoiding emptying the family’s bank account. But if you’re not shopping the Trussville Methodist Consignment Sale twice a year, you are missing out on one of the largest children’s clothing sales in the eastern side of the Birmingham region.
Twice a year, thousands of people from around this area pour into the First United Methodist Church of Trussville to shop from the more than 40,000 items available. This year’s sale will be held Friday, March 1, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, March 2, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m
“Our sale is not a garage sale,” said Tandi Smith, the sale organizer. “Items at our sale are closely inspected as they are dropped off by 500 different consignors, and we do not accept most stained or damaged items. However, we do reserve a special section for stained boutique brands for those stain-busting moms out there.”
If you’re a first time shopper, there is some important information to know so you get the most out of the sale. The clothing throughout the sale is organized by size and gender. Infant items and toys are also organized into categories. If you are looking for an exersaucer, for example, you will have your choice of 30 to 50 clean exersaucers in really good condition.
“Or if you are looking for girls clothing in a size 2T, you will enjoy a selection of more than 2000 size 2T girls clothing, all hung facing the same way with the price tag easily accessible,” Smith said. “The sales floor looks very much like a retail store. However, most items at our sale will cost a third of what you would pay in a store.”
First United Methodist Church of Trussville may be the host for the event, but the sale is truly a community-wide event. Almost 75 percent of the sale’s volunteers, consignors and shoppers are not members of the church.
“The consignment sale is a win-win for everyone involved,” said Beth Burden, Director of Children’s Ministry at the church. “Consignors are able to sale the clothing their children have outgrown and generate income. Buyers are able to buy nice gently-used clothing for a fraction of the retail cost. Our church gets a portion of the profit to help fund our children’s ministry, missions and outreach. And Trussville Ecumenical Assistive Ministry (TEAM) receives items that didn’t sale and the owners decided to donate.”
Volunteering to work the sale is a fun way to get involved with the event and meet many nice people from around the community. Anyone can be a volunteer and volunteers get to shop earlier than everyone else. “Our volunteers love the sale,” Smith said. “A recent survey asked if volunteers would work again, and 100 percent said yes.”
So don’t miss out this spring on March 1 and 2. Remember, on Saturday, many items will be marked 50 percent off. And to end the sale, TEAM will host a dollar dash on Saturday at 4 p.m. Everything will be .
This advertorial was paid for by First United Methodist Church of Trussville.