Like many moms with little ones, Alison Murphy looked around one day and was overwhelmed by the amount of stuff she had acquired since her year-and-a-half old daughter, Avery, was born. Beautiful but unworn clothing, strollers, a crib, and the toys, oh, the toys … it was easy to feel cramped in her two-bedroom condominium in Newport. She brought Avery’s gently used items that she had simply outgrown or had duplicates of to a weekend-long consignment sale in Boston, priced it, dropped it off, and two weeks later, received a check for $400. Taking a cue from the win-win experience, Alison teamed up with her sister-in-law, Meredith Brown, to create Be Green Kids Consignments, a seasonal consignment event, holding their first sale at the Fraternal Order of Police Hall in Middletown, May 13-16.
The project was a no-brainer for the event planner, who is currently adding area consignors to the growing roster of area families participating in the Be Green sale. Consignors register at www.BeGreenSale.com (there is a $10 registration fee), gather the items they want to sell, enter the items into Be Green’s on-line ticketing system (consignors decide what price to sell the item for), then they drop the items off at the FOP hall, which will be set up like a retail store, on May 12th. Be Green and a team of volunteers will do all the on-site selling. “Consignors receive 60% of their proceeds, but they can volunteer and increase their percentage to 75%,” Murphy explains. Any unsold items that consignors chose to donate will be given to Child & Family Services.
Buyers, meanwhile, can find everything from strollers, high-chairs, bouncy seats, car seats and activity centers to upscale clothing, toys, books and more at up to 70% off retail prices. Be Green is also hosting a “Due & New VIP Shopping Event” Friday evening, May 14th, open to parents expecting their first child or new parents with a child under one year of age. “We are really trying to make this is a special event,” she says, adding that attendance will be limited and guests will receive a goody bag and be eligible for door prizes throughout the night.
For more information about Be Green Kids Consignments or to register as a consignor, please visit: www.BeGreenSale.com