By MATT CRANE
What started out as a mother-to-mother swap of clothing has turned into quite the consignment revolution.
A group of young Starkville mothers are holding the second Starkville Swap consignment sale Saturday, Aug. 18 from 9 a.m. to noon at the old Costume Party store in Cotton Crossings.
Laura Rackley, one of the groupâ€™s founders, said a simple Facebook page was started to help organize the swapping of childrenâ€™s clothing around Starkville.
â€śItâ€™s great to sell one or two items,â€ť Rackley said. â€śBut when youâ€™re selling a lot, meeting people five times a week to sell five different outfits, it can be a lot.â€ť
Jennifer Prather said because the page began gaining a substantial number of new members, the idea for an organized sale was put in place.
â€śThe clothes were going so quickly so we decided to do a consignment sale,â€ť Prather said. â€śWe had a great turn out and it was really just word of mouth and advertising on that page.â€ť
The group of women responsible for starting this phenomenon are: Laura Rackley, Emily Keith-Johnson, Jennifer Prather, Lindsey Burkhalter, Sarah Ryder, Ginger Lee, Karla Mitchner, Julie Reikhof, Rebecca Schilling and Amanda Bolan.
Held in March of this year at the garage of Emily Keith-Johnson, Prather said 20 consigners contributed to the sale and the women were able to pay out almost $3,000 after all was said and done.
â€śWe ended being out a little bit last year, not expecting to have as many clothes as we did,â€ť Prather said. â€śHer garage was bursting at the seams.â€ť
Keith-Johnson said consigners for the sale next Saturday are required to pay a $10 fee to cover rental costs for racks and building space, but insists the sale is not a way for the women to make money.
â€śThis is not a business,â€ť Keith-Johnson said. â€śItâ€™s just a service for Starkville for moms to get good deals on good clothes and to clean out their closets.â€ť
Other than coming from local buyers and mothers, one of the requirements for the sale is that a majority of what is consigned must come from a boutique.
â€śWe ask that 75 percent of everything you consign be boutique clothing,â€ť Prather said. â€śItâ€™s a little bit more upscale than most consignment sales are.â€ť
Rackley said there is a little something extra in it for women wanting to consign and not just simply shop.
â€śThe sale starts at 9 a.m. on Saturday, but consigners get to shop at 8 a.m.,â€ť Rackley said. â€śSo there is an added benefit to consigning something for the sale.â€ť
Prather said the sale was started as a way for local moms to be safe in trading and buying clothing.
â€śIt started as a way for moms not to have to use places like eBay and Craigslist, because you donâ€™t know whoâ€™s coming to meet you,â€ť Prather said. â€śWe wanted it to be only women and for them to feel safe trading and selling clothing.â€ť
Keith-Johnson said the cash-only sale will only feature childrenâ€™s clothing, gear and some small toys, but the group has created Starkville Home Swap and Starkville Homemade Swap pages as well.
â€śThe Home Swap is for household items, like if youâ€™re trying to sell your coffee table or something,â€ť Keith-Johnson said. â€śThe Homemade Swap has offered a great way for a lot of moms to sell their own goods.â€ť
While the women admit their consignment revolution will not go global any time soon, Rackley said she has enjoyed the community of motherhood the sales have provided.
â€śI never dreamed it would get this big,â€ť Rackley said. â€śIâ€™ve bought some great things and met some great people.â€ť
The Starkville Swap Consignment Sale will open Saturday, Aug. 18 at 9 a.m. in the old Costume Party shop in Cotton Crossings.
For more information on how to participate and consign, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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