By Sam Elliott
Over the course of a decade, what began with just a collection of families setting up shop in a Carmel front yard has blossomed into the biggest consignment sale for children’s items in the Indianapolis-area.
The biannual Indy Kids Sale will return to the Hamilton County Fairgrounds for its 10th anniversary beginning Sept. 17. A one-stop shop for families to find anything they might need for raising children — clothing, toys, books, furniture and more — the sale is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 17, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 18, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 19.
“We have anything and everything that someone would need for their children from baby to teen,” Indy Kids Sale owner and organizer Lori Chandler said.
Earlier this year, Indy Kids Sale was voted the best children’s consignment event in the Indianapolis area by ConsignmentMommies.com. Parking and admission at the fairgrounds is free. Shoppers are encouraged to make a small donation upon entering to benefit the sale’s charity partners.
One of this year’s charitable partners is the area chapter of Safe Families for Children, which will be able to shop at the sale for its area families in need.
“They often need clothing and other things for those families, so when our shoppers come in we ask them if they’d like to donate — usually it’s $1, $2 or $3 — and that allows Safe Families to come and shop for what they need,” Chandler said.
The sale has also partnered with Sheridan Elementary School.
“They have a need for books at their school, so we give the shoppers an opportunity to donate so Sheridan Elementary can use that money for books,” Chandler said.