Thrifty shoppers prepare for consignment show

March 2, 2011 7:27:09 PM PST
If you like shopping at second-hand stores or making extra money by selling your slightly used items, Santa Rosa is the place to be this weekend. A big consignment show is set to begin this Friday. It's a great way to find everything from toys to furniture to clothing at discounted prices. And for others, it's a nice way to take home some extra cash.

It is 48 hours before the big sale, and already volunteers are rushing around the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. This weekend the fairgrounds will be filled with merchandise from well over 200 vendors. The consignment show is dubbed 'Just Between Friends' and is the brainchild of locals Jennifer Hundley and her husband Matt.

"We felt like there was a need in the area for new and gently used items, where parents could come and make a little money by consigning their items and parents could come in and purchase items," Jennifer said.

Katrina Cuadro, who is 7 months pregnant, came here all the way from San Jose looking to find items for her first baby.

"I've heard the prices are fantastic. They're up to 90 percent off of retail and I'm looking to save some money," she said.

She'll be able to find everything from clothing to toys to shoes and even furniture.

"You'll find a ton of stuff and sometimes it's really different. That's the other thing. I don't like all the same things you see in the stores," Petaluma resident Elizabeth Boothby said.

Admission on Friday is $2 and 100 percent of your admission fee will support a local charity supporting local disadvantaged youth. Saturday and Sunday admission is free. Sunday is the 50 percent off sale, and much that goes unsold will be donated to a local charity helping homeless families.

"I'm doing this because it's supporting a local cause. It's supporting a local business. Also I get to consign. I make some money out of some of things I've already bought," Cotati resident Amber Griffith said.

Jennifer said 'Just Between Friends' makes an extra effort to ensure the merchandise sold is of good quality.

"Everything goes through a quality inspection to make sure we have nothing that's recalled, that's ripped, is stained or worn," she said.

If you'd like to sell items at the sale, you have until Thursday morning to register, price and tag your items and get them to the fairgrounds.

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