Tykes, Tots and Teens hold­ing spring sale

Moms host­ing con­sign­ment sale

The Covington News - - Local News - By Kari Apted

Cov­ing­ton moms Laura Johns and Brandi Cor­ley are on a mis­sion — to con­nect other fam­i­lies with in­ex­pen­sive name-brand cloth­ing through the Tykes, Tots and Teens spring con­sign­ment sale.

Fru­gal­ity runs deep in Johns’ blood. Her mother al­ways pro­vided the latest fash­ions but never paid full price for the fam­ily’s wardrobe. She taught her daugh­ter to fre­quent garage sales and con­sign­ment sales for hid­den bar­gains, al­ways ap­proach­ing the hunt with a sense of fun and ad­ven­ture.

“I don’t even re­mem­ber buy­ing a new ar­ti­cle of cloth­ing un­til I was 11,” Johns said. “I got one shirt and I re­mem­ber it cost $10. I re­mem­ber think­ing I could get three shirts for that price if we went back to one of those sales. I guess you could say it’s just nat­u­ral for me to be a bar­gain queen.”

Shortly af­ter the birth of her first child, Johns felt in­spired to cre­ate a con­sign­ment sale of her own. The con­cept for Tykes, Tots and Teens was born. Johns ex­plained how the con­sign­ment process works.

“Sell­ers drop off their items for a week long event … ev­ery­thing from in­fant through teen sized cloth­ing, toys, baby equip­ment, baby and youth furniture, bed­ding, books, DVDs, and much more.

“The big bonus of be­ing a seller is the spe­cial preview sale open only to them, our work­ers and our spon­sors. Our con­signors keep 70 per­cent of their to­tal sales,” Johns added.

Most items are marked down the last day of the sale. Sell­ers then pick up any un­sold items or may choose to have them do­nated to lo­cal char­i­ties and needy New­ton County chil­dren. Checks are mailed to sell­ers within a few weeks of the sale’s clos­ing.

The first Tykes, Tots and Teens sale opened in the spring of 2006 with a mere 18 con­signors.

“De­spite the low seller turnout, our sales were high and our rep­u­ta­tion was born,” Johns said. “We were de­tailed, or­ga­nized and picky. Our cus­tomers loved us for that. To­day we have more than 1,000 peo­ple on our mail­ing list. Last fall we had 140 con­signors and we es­ti­mate more than 200 at this week’s sale.”

Last year, Johns’ sis­ter-in-law, Cor­ley, was pleased when Johns in­vited her to be­come co-owner of the bian­nual sale.

“At first, I wor­ried that I wouldn’t have the time to de­vote to it,” Cor­ley said. “But then, I was thank­ful for the op­por­tu­nity. I wouldn’t be able to clothe my own chil­dren if it weren’t for this sale.”

The 9198 Wheat St. ware­house lo­ca­tion is the sale’s big­gest ever. “We have 20,000 square feet of floor space and am­ple park­ing,” Johns said.

Shop­pers are en­cour­aged to ar­rive early and bring a large con­tainer to hold their pur­chases. Pay­ments must be in the form of cash or per­sonal check. For more in­for­ma­tion please visit www. TykesTot­sTeens.com or call Cor­ley at (770) 786-1542.

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