By Liz Taurasi
Great news for those on the hunt for the best deals in children’s clothing, toys, books and heck everything and anything else you may need for your little one or little one on the way: Itsy Bitsy Thrifty is back for another spring consignment event. And this year it’s bigger and better than ever. Plus a few surprises!
The spring event happens this weekend, April 5-6, and it has a whole new look and feel. Created by Ann Marie Palmer and James Fedas six years ago as a solution to the common parenting dilemma—what to do with children’s toy, clothes and gear when a child outgrows them—the event will feature a new venue, new surprises and some big changes in 2014.
“Our Fall/Winter 2013 sale was our biggest yet!” said Fedas. “We had more foot traffic than ever before and more items than any of our previous sales.”
Door open to the public for the spring event on Saturday, April 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, April 6 from 8 a.m. to noon.
What’s New This Year?
New Location — This year’s spring consignment event has a new venue moving to Brick Kiln Plaza (99 Chelmsford Road) in Billerica. The new space is already being stocked in advance of next weekend’s event and is slightly larger than the previous location. Expect more space and more shopping!
New Hours for VIP Shoppers — In the past, VIP shoppers got to attend a preview pre-shop on Friday nights. This year, the VIP sale is on Saturday morning. So if you have VIP tickets you can shop a special time from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Saturday before the sale opens to the public. VIP passes given out to contest winners through the Itsy Bitsy Thrifty Facebook page.
“We really have taken into account what all of our consignors, volunteers, and shoppers have said — it was difficult for people to get to our Friday night VIP sale — work, traffic, school ... Fridays are busy, “ said Fedas.
VIP passes go on sale this week and all proceeds from ticket sales go directly to Children’s Hospital Boston.
Itsy Bitsy to Open Year-Round Store
After the fall sale James and Ann Marie did something new — they held a smaller, holiday sale in early December — but that wasn’t enough for their customers. They wanted even more. And now they are going to get it. Itsy Bitsy Thrifty has announced its opening a year-round store, an idea the two toyed around with for a long time and they are really excited about it. But don’t worry — they’ll still be doing their twice a year large-scale consignment events.
Fedas said the new store is going to be unlike any other consignment boutique around.
“In fact, we hope most people won't even realize we're a consignment store,” he said. “We'll have bright walls, eye catching displays, high quality merchandise, and so much more!”
The Itsy Bitsy event benefits Children’s Hospital Boston, donating 25 percent of all new registrations to Children’s Hospital, and consignors can donate a percentage of their total profits to their fundraising efforts. Funds raised help defer medical costs of patients whose families can’t afford care to purchase essential medical equipment, support pediatric research and provide training for the next generation of pediatricians.
The twice-annual event is held in partnership with Cradles to Crayons, a local organization that assists children in need. At the end of the sale weekend, consignors have the option to have all items not sold donated to the organizationFor more information follow Itsy Bitsy Thrifty on Facebook or visit their website.