The scent of spring was in the air this week and, for the first time in months, the weather’s starting to feel a little more welcoming. Daylight savings is this Sunday, the sun is shining a little bit brighter and the temperature is starting to rise. It occurred to me this week that now’s the time to start getting my kids’ warm weather wardrobe together. At 3 years, 2 years and 7-months-old, my kids need new sizes every season so there’s no way I’m missing the Growing Cents of Style consignment sale that’s going on this weekend, March 10th and 11th, in Barrington!
A Barrington mom named Jenny Welsh has been organizing two seasonal Growing Cents of Style consignment sales a year since the fall of 2006 and the event grows by leaps and bounds each year. “The event has grown from 43 consignors at our first sale to over 300 at our upcoming sale. I have consignors from all over the Chicago area and Wisconsin. We will have over 20,000 items for sale this weekend and will see over 1,000 shoppers this sale…”
And just what is it that draws shoppers and consignors back in droves each year? The best prices you’ll find on high quality boutique and designer children’s clothing (sizes newborn – size 16), along with shoes, accessories, toys and baby gear.
“I love to hear the shoppers’ stories about how they now shop essentially twice a year for their kids, at our spring/summer sale and then again at the fall/winter sale. Or it is the consignor who has changed how they shop – only buying the brands that they now they can resell with me.”
And this year, she has been accepting donations on behalf of Wishes for Scarlett, a new initiative created to support the needs of 11-month-old Scarlett Sepe. Scarlett was just recently diagnosed with a Spinal Muscular Atrophy, a terminal and degenerative motor neuron disease that affects the voluntary muscles used for crawling, walking, head and neck control, swallowing, and even breathing. Currently there is no treatment or cure. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of Growing Cents of Style items marked with lavender tags will go to the Sepe family to help them with expenses medical insurance may not cover. Scarlett’s parents, Mike and Rachel Sepe are very active locally and have given back to the community in impactful ways. Rachel has also been a teacher at Hough Street Elementary School for the past 12 years.
And Scarlett’s big sister Isabella has teamed up with Jenny Welsh’s daughter, Hannah to collect donations of books which will be available for sale and will also benefit Wishes for Scarlett.
Jenny says, “What I love about the sale is that there are so many ways that people are able to not only help others but help their families by getting the clothing, shoes, toys, etc. that they desire most for their children at a fraction of the cost.”
“Anything that you can imagine related to kids can probably be found at the sale. We also offer NEW Melissa and Doug toys and arts and crafts that are all marked 20% off the retail price. I am also launching the Growing Cents of Style Boutique this sale which offers a large selection of high quality hair clips, bows, headbands and accessories. Featured Vendors who have booths set up and items to sell included are Discovery Toys, Creative Memories, Premier Jewelry Design, Usborne Books, Treetime Christmas Classics and Pampered Chef. Tutus & Tadpoles is a featured vendor offering girls accessories, tutus, hats, footless leggings, clips, etc. 50% of their sales on Saturday will be given to Wishes for Scarlett.” You’ll find Growing Cents of Style at 22N102 Pepper Road in Lake Barrington adjacent to Treetime Christmas Classics. Admission is FREE and Visa, Master Card and Cash are accepted. The sale will take place on Saturday, March 10, from 9a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sunday, March 11, from 10a.m to 2p.m.
Many items will be half price on Sunday. For more information, visit GrowingCentsofStyle.com.