Weekend consignment sale helps fund sorority’s charity efforts

A local sorority found a way six years ago to combine a fundraising event and give the public a chance to purchase low-priced children’s clothing at the same time.

This year’s Tri Kappa event, known as the Twice is Nice Kids Consignment Sale, will begin Friday evening with a presale followed by a public sale Saturday morning. Both events will be at Girls Inc. of Jackson County, 956 N. O’Brien St., Seymour.

Sellers will drop off their priced items before the event, and in turn, the public will be able to purchase them Saturday. The presale from 6 to 8 p.m. is for sellers and a guest.

Tri Kappa, a philanthrophic organization, keeps 30 percent of the profit from the sales, and that money is returned to the community in various ways.

“Our charity sorority gives to multiple organizations in our community that focus around charity, culture and education,” said Mindy Roeder, an organizer of the event. The state organization was founded in 1901 and now has 146 chapters and 103 associate chapters.

The public sale will be from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday with a half-hour closing period for reorganization. The event will reopen at 11:30 a.m. and continue until 1 p.m. for the half-off sale.

Items available for purchase will include infant, toddler, kid, tween, teen and maternity clothing and shoes. The items will range from good to excellent condition and include brand names of all kinds. There also will be infant accessory items, including cribs, strollers, high chairs, pack-n-plays, video games, toys and books.

Roeder said consignors or sellers sign up online and then enter their items through an inventory management system. They print their tags and attach them to the items they are selling, and then bring them to the sale during one of the drop-off times.

Consignors receive 70 percent of their profits from the sale.

In 2014, there were 112 sellers. As of Monday, 151 have signed up, Roeder said.

The last day to register as a seller was Wednesday.

Last year’s sale grossed about $22,000 and gave Tri Kappa, also known as Kappa Kappa Kappa, about $6,500 in profit.

But just as importantly, some in the community have come to rely on the sale to help clothe their children, Roeder said.

“I hear every year from people that talk about how they depend on this sale to purchase items for their children for the following year,” Roeder said.

“I think it is pretty incredible to think about how many people were able to clothe their family members for a fraction of the cost or purchase a birthday present at a much lower cost than if it would have had to be purchased new.”

For the seller, there are two drop-off times for items — 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday or noon to 2 p.m. Friday. A seller must put at least $50 worth of items into the sale, and then he or she will qualify for two passes to the presale.

After the sale is over, sellers will return to help sort items off the sales floor by consignor number and decide if the items are to be donated or not.

Donated items will go to the Jackson County Clothing Center, Trinity Lutheran High School Cougar’s Den or Goodwill in the name of Anchor House Family Assistance Center and Girls Inc. of Jackson County.

Roeder said if a seller want items back, they will be allowed to take those items once the sales floor is sorted and items are grouped by number and are ready to go.

At a glance

For information, contact Mindy Roeder at 812-569-2204 or email mindyjoroeder@gmail.com.

You also can visit the Facebook page of Twice is Nice Kids Consignment Sale.

If you go

Twice is Nice Kids Consignment Sale, sponsored by Tri Kappa

Presale 6 to 8 p.m. Friday; public sale begins at 8 a.m. Saturday and ends at 1 p.m.

Both events will be at Girls Inc. of Jackson County, 956 N. O’Brien St., Seymour.