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Longview organization helps parents 'repeat' clothing, toys


We know that, due to the economy, a lot of parents are looking for ways to make a little extra money and buy all the clothes and items that your child needs.

And one Longview organization is holding a semi-annual consignment sale this week.

The Repeats are Neat consignment sale starts tonight, and event organizers said they love host it because every year, without fail, they see unique items go to new homes.

"It is an opportunity for parents of children to consign their items, clothing or furniture or toys or anything that kids outgrow really fast, and then to also turn around really fast and shop for the things they need as the kids grow up," said Carie Barthelemess, event organizer for Repeats are Neat.

The idea is to offer as many items as possible while keeping most of the prices low.

"Our minimum price for an item is $3, because we want quality items. We don't want people to have to sort through and look for stains and holes, and we're pretty selective about what we take, so the people that come to shop know that they're looking at nicer items," Barthelemess said.

Barthelemess said she's been participating in consignment selling -- what she calls "a growing trend" -- since her kids were little and she had to drive to Shreveport.

"A friend of mine and I went every time they had a sale because my kids were 18 months apart and I was just over run with stuff that they outgrew so fast," she said.

Six years ago, she started Repeats are Neat in Longview. There are twice annual sales, and she promises you won't leave without a little something that's unique.

"We have walkers that come in that are Harley walkers with leather seats and headlights. You never know what you're going to get whenever you come in. You don't know what's going to happen, who's going to bring what, so that's fun," Barthelemess said.

The sale starts tonight at 7 pm, and will take place Wednesday and Thursday from 10 until 4 at the Longview Events Center at the Maude Cobb Convention Center. Admission is free.

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