Most retail stores have a goal in mind: to get you to spend a lot of money. When you are buying items for infants and young children, they quickly outgrow clothes and toys. You can save a lot of money by shopping second hand stores. There are several full time children's consignment stores in the Lynchburg area. But twice a year, there's another place to find clothing, toys and other items for kids at very reasonable prices.
Friends Maria and Julia started Kidz Kraze in 2009. Their first seasonal sale brought 40 consignors selling many products to Lynchburg parents. The Kidz Kraze Fall Consignment Sale, Aug. 16-23, will have over 400 consignors and over 40,000 items for sale.
The Kidz Kraze Fall Consignment Sale is being held in the Fort Hill Shopping Center, 6015 Fort Avenue, in Lynchburg. There's a wide variety of everything including clothing in sizes NB-16, shoes for kids of all ages, maternity clothing, furniture, strollers, high chairs, toys, books, games and more. There is pre-sale event on Saturday, Aug. 16, for first-time parents. New parents can register at the website for this event.
The clothing racks are sorted by size with boys and girls clothes on separate racks. There are also racks with maternity clothes, winter items and children's designer clothes.
Public hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 16. On Sunday, Aug. 17, Kidz Kraze Fall Consignment Sale hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The sale closes for restocking on Monday, Aug. 18 from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and reopens for a special sale. During the 7-9 p.m. Monday benefit pre-sale, there is a $5 admission fee which is donated to the Blue Ridge Pregnancy Center.
Tuesday through Thursday, Aug. 19-21, hours are 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. On Friday, Aug. 22, many items are reduced 25 percent from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Kidz Kraze reopens on Friday from 5:30-7:30 p.m. for a half-price pre-sale for volunteers and consignors. The sale concludes on Saturday, Aug. 23, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. with many items reduced 50 percent.
Consignors are asked to donate any items left to the Blue Ridge Pregnancy Center or other worthy cause. Maria and Julia are in this venture to help other moms and the larger community. Along with the sale, there are bins to collect teddy bears and other gently used animals to donate to the Teddy Bear Brigade, an organization providing animals to children touched by poverty, natural disasters, illness, abandonment, and war.
The Kidz Care program is another offshoot of the Kidz Kraze sale. Teachers from local schools and day cares provide information about children in need. Local families can sponsor a child by buying several clothing outfits, a pair of shoes, a book, and a toy at the sale. Kidz Kraze will take care of getting the items delivered to the children.
Whether you are a parent or grandparent, you won't want to miss the opportunity to save money on items you want or need for the children in your life at the Kidz Kraze Fall Consignment Sale, Aug. 16-23. All who visit are asked to donate a non-perishable food item which will be donated to an area food bank.