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Tickles and Giggles Children's Consignment Sale - Save Money, Make Money

Tickles and Giggles spring sale begins Friday March 21st!
Tickles and Giggles spring sale begins Friday March 21st!www.ticklesandgiggles.net

Savvy moms everywhere are realizing the benefits of shopping consignment — especially for children who seem to outgrow clothes after only wearing them a few times. We Richmond moms lucked out and have lots of options for consignment shops and sales. One of the largest and fastest growing sales in the area is Tickles and Giggles Children’s Consignment.
In August of 2009, co-owners and moms, Julia Gunderson and Caroline Fuller, started Tickles and Giggles. They set out with the goal of helping families save money and make money from their own items in a shopping environment that is comfortable for everyone.
After shopping a consignment sale together a few years back, they decided that they could run their own. Though they didn’t know each other well at the time, they were pleased to realize how well their skills complemented each other.
“We had a moment of insanity and decided we should open a sale in [Hanover],” said Fuller.
And it grew from there. Each semi-annual sale has brought tremendous growth. From 2010 to 2013, the ladies saw more than a 200 percent increase in items sold, as well as the dollar amount sold. This growth allows them to reach more and more in the community at each event.
“At every sale we are able to help families save money. With the current economic downturn, everyone is having to budget their lifestyle. We see parents clothe their children for the season and see them make extra money on items they would normally just get rid of,” said Gunderson.
In addition to consigning, consignors and non-consignors have the option to volunteer. Though many do so out of the goodness of their heart, the big bonus is that volunteers get to shop before the public sale begins. The more you volunteer, the greater the benefits — earliest shopping, reimbursed consignor fee and a higher earnings percentage. Consignors also shop early, but the volunteers are the ones that catch the worms — or the hottest items in this case.
“The best way to avoid standing in long checkout lines is to volunteer. Volunteers shop the day before the public sale. Plus, the more hours you volunteer, the earlier you shop! We love ALL of our volunteers and would love to get more men and grandparents involved!” said Fuller.
And as if saving and earning money weren’t enough, Tickles and Giggles gives back to the community by supporting Hanover Safe Place, a domestic violence and sexual assault shelter and resource center. A portion of the proceeds are donated to the organization, and consignors have the option to donate unpurchased items, as well, which will benefit children affected by domestic violence.
“We have a great relationship with our charity,” said Fuller. “Knowing that we are helping children grow and develop in environments that are healthy and safe is an added benefit to shopping! We have had consignors and sponsors tell us they came to our sale simply because of our work with Hanover Safe Place.”
These ladies are passionate about their business and strive to offer families the best possible merchandise and experience.
“We are a family-owned business, and we put our hearts and souls into each sale. We truly look at this sale as a way of giving back to the community and making new friends. We screen each item that consignors want to sell in order to ensure that a quality item is passed on to our customers,” said Gunderson.
Don’t miss their upcoming spring sale, beginning on Friday March 21, 2014. (Volunteers and consignors are shopping the day before!) The sale runs through Sunday and will feature children's clothing, toys, shoes, room decor, baby equipment and more. For hours and location, visit their website at www.ticklesandgiggles.net.