It’s the latest craze in children’s shopping—and now one consignment shop owner is bringing that experience to Somerset County.
Jaime Gambrill, owner of Jersey Tykes, is taking her company out of South Jersey and bringing it to Somerset County for a three-day consignment sale in Green Brook in March.
“Seasonal kids consignment sales are the latest craze in children’s shopping,” she said. “Many parents are tired of spending a lot of money on clothes and toys that children only use for a few months.”
Instead, Gambrill said, families can head out to a consignment shop that allows them to save up to 90 percent on new and like-new items.
“These sales also provide parents a place to quickly turn mountains of outgrown children’s items into cash,” she said.
Jersey Tykes is a semi-annual kids consignment sale that Gambrill originally started in South Jersey in 2010 after she began consigning her own children’s outgrown items. She initially sold her children’s items through a neighborhood garage sale, but said she realized she could triple her money as a consignor, and then be able to buy her children a new name-brand wardrobe for the following season.
“It was a win-win situation,” she said.
When Gambrill and her family moved recently to Central Jersey, she decided to bring the seasonal consignment sale to Green Brook.
“The goal is to double inventory each sale until Jersey Tykes is the largest kids consignment sale in New Jersey,” she said.
The first Somerset County Jersey Tykes event will be held March 22, March 23 and March 24 in Arthur’s Plaza on Route 22.
There is a $12 consignor registration fee, but free admission into the sale.
“We have a limited number of consignor spaces available, so if anyone is interested in consigning, please visit our website and register today to secure your spot,” she said.
Basically, Gambrill said, the event is one weekend long, and collects items for babies, kids and tweens.
“All items at the sale are either very gently used or new, and are priced at about one-third of retail cost,” she said.
To be part, Gambrill said, consignors price and tag items at home through an online tagging system, and then bring them to the sale location during a scheduled drop-off time.
“Jersey Tykes does the rest,” she said. “Consignors receive 60 percent of each item’s selling price and also receive a pass to shop the seller’s pre-sale. The computerized tagging system allows consignors to track sales during the event and mange inventory after the sale.”
Whatever does not sell during the event, Gambrill said, can either be donated to a charitable organization or picked up and saved for a later sale.
“Consignors receive a check within two weeks of the sale,” she said.
This event will be twice a year, Gambrill said, with one held in the spring and another in the fall.
“Jersey Tykes is a great option for families looking to save money,” she said. “Not only will you be getting outrageous prices on quality children’s items, but you also have the opportunity to make money to help pay for them.”
“So shop or consign or both,” she added. “Either way, it’s money in your pocket.”
For more information, visit the website at jerseytykes.com.