Hamilton County Kids Sale organizers said this year’s three-day event will be “more than just a sale.” Owner Lori Chandler estimates 2,500 shoppers will attend this year’s Hamilton County Kids Sale on Sept. 12 through 14 at the Hamilton County 4-H Fairgrounds, 2003 E. Pleasant St., Noblesville.
Chandler said the sale began in 2005 with 15 consigners in the front yard of a Carmel home. After years of a steady increase of sellers, the event now combines about 300 consigners.
“The last couple of years we’ve capped it. Once we hit 300 we close registration,” she said. “I enjoy knowing my sellers.”
Chandler said the sale includes “anything you would need for kids,” including clothes for newborns to teens, maternity wear for expecting mothers, toys and equipment like strollers, high chairs and bounce seats.
“Items began at $1 and go to anything. Clothes are typically $2 to $6,” she said. “You can really shop and see 75 to 90 percent off retail prices.”
More than 50,000 items will be jammed in the 16,000 square feet of exhibition hall space at the 4-H Fairgrounds. Chandler said instead of visiting booth after booth, sellers bring their items, use the online tagging system and put a price on each item. Workers then organizer all items by size and gender for clothes or genre for toys and equipment.
“It’s so much easier. You don’t have to rifle through everything like at a garage sale,” Chandler said. “It’s the only place I buy my kids’ stuff.”
Before items are placed in its particular section, they are checked by workers.
“Are clothes in good quality or current style? If it requires batteries, are batteries in them? Everything is screened by us to make sure it is in good quality,” Chandler said.
Chandler said this year will incorporate new events like car seat checks, giveaways and character visits from Mickey, Minnie and Elmo on Sept. 12 and 13 to entertain children accompanying adults. On Sept. 14, the sale is partnering with the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office touch-a-truck event to raise money for Project Lifesaver, an organization that helps protect children and adults with Down Syndrome, Autism, and Alzheimer’s/dementia and/or other cognitive conditions.
“We’re real excited about the new events,” Chandler said.
The sale is 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 12, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 13 and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 14.Those who bring diapers or diaper wipes to donate to Good Samaritan Network will be allowed to enter half an hour before the event opens to the public on Sept. 12.
The event does not charge an admission fee. Chandler said items can be purchased with cash, MasterCard or Visa.