Children are a priceless blessing, but the clothes and gear that go along with them can have a hefty price tag. Unless of course, you’re a Savvy Sale shopper and know that this weekend is the time to stock up on gently-used children’s clothes, toys, furniture and costumes.
Started in 2006 by East Valley moms Gretchen Laird and Kristen Rumowski, the Savvy Sale has grown into an anticipated bi-annual shopping event with a Black Friday atmosphere. Moms, dads and grandparents line up outside the doors waiting patiently to enter the treasure trove of discounted merchandise.
A large selection of Halloween costumes, as well as lots of gently-used dancewear, highlight this week’s consignment sale, said organizer Gretchen Laird. There is also a juniors section with name brand apparel only, a designer purse boutique with gently used Coach, Gucci and other designer bags, and a regular boutique with more than 40 vendors, Laird said. Not to mention an absolute sea of baby furniture — car seats, strollers, cribs, high chairs and excersaucers.
The Sale, formerly held at a church in east Mesa, takes place this week in the former Bashas’ Supermarket at the northeast corner of Southern Avenue and McClintock Drive in Tempe. Admission is $1. Due to the crowded atmosphere, parents are discouraged from bringing young children, though infants in carriers are welcome. Strollers are not permitted.
“We tell people it’s really a Black Friday shopping experience,” Laird said. “There are lines, but the deals are great. It’s amazing.”
DETAILS >> 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5 and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6. Valley Plaza, 3115 S. McClintock Dr., Tempe. $1 admission; infants in carriers only; no strollers. http://thesavvysale.com.
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