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Big Savings at Fall Whale of a Sale Kids Consignment Event

Big Savings at Fall Whale of a Sale Kids Consignment Event

Doubling in size with move to Indiana State Fairgrounds!

September 03, 2013 | 02:58 PM

The fall Whale of a Sale children's consignment event is growing again. The sale will take place Sept. 12 – 14 in a huge new location: the Indiana State Fairgrounds Ag/Hort Building. More than 500 consignors will bring 55,000 items and six football fields worth of children's clothing in the 48,000 square-foot building! New and gently-used upscale children's and maternity items are offered at a fraction of retail cost.

Started in 2009, Whale of a Sale takes place each fall, spring and holiday season. Due to the increased popularity and tremendous turnout over the years, the event will double in size this year, moving from Carmel to Indianapolis. Three public shopping days and two private pre-sale days accommodate hundreds of customers.

The event features popular brands such as Gymboree, Baby Gap, Ralph Lauren, Janie and Jack, Peg Perego, Graco, Fisher Price, Pottery Barn Kids and many more. Shoppers can expect to find upscale fall and winter clothing, toys, furniture, bedding, accessories, maternity and a variety of vendors from the Indianapolis area.

Admission is FREE. Sale hours are Thursday, Sept. 12 from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Friday, Sept. 13 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 14 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Many items are half price on Saturday. Fairgrounds parking is $5 on Friday and Saturday only (free to Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday shoppers and all week to consignors).

Consignment is increasingly popular in a down economy as families find kids growing out of clothing and equipment quickly, and also desire to be "green" by recycling gently-used gear.

"I always find great deals for my three kids," said Laura Jarred, Carmel resident and customer. "I bought barely worn name-brand clothes and fun toys that were fairly priced. For the fall sale, I'll look for winter clothes and Christmas presents and not have to spend a fortune."

Demand to shop early has led to a VIP pre-sale Wednesday ticket that can be purchased for $10 (at www.whale-sale.com) for customers wanting to shop before the general public. Whale of a Sale was voted the #1 consignment sale in Indianapolis from Indy's Child Parenting Magazine readers!

Individuals interested in selling items must register at www.whale-sale.com. Consignors price their items and drop them off in advance and need not be present at the sale. They receive 60 percent of their total sales and the opportunity to receive up to 75 percent by volunteering. Consignors receive passes to shop the private pre-sale Tuesday, Sept. 10. The average consignor earns $372. Unsold clothing can be donated to charity partner Good Samaritan Network of Hamilton County and Jordan's Place for foster children.

Butler University alums and Carmel moms, Courtney O'Neil and Jennifer Hare, are the founders of the sale. O'Neil says they enjoy being able to provide local families a, "fun, fashionable and clean bargain-hunting experience. We are NOT a garage sale – expect upscale finds."

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