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3/10/05-Tyler

Bargain Hunters Flock To Consignment Sale

If you can't find your wife or even your husband this afternoon, they might be out hunting for a bargain.

And they don't have to go far because it's all at Tyler's twice-a-year consignment sale on South Broadway. A few hundred local families have donated their lightly used clothing, toys, and furniture. They and the ladies organizing the sale will split the proceeds. And you get the good deal.

Looking at the line outside the door before opening time at 8 this morning, you'd think it was the day-after-Thanksgiving sale. But it's just the result of spring cleaning -- bargain hunters looking to find what someone else grew out of.

"The cushion looks good," Darlene Windsor said, looking at the highchair she just bought. "It doesn't have a lot of food stuck down in there."

The grandmother came looking for furniture for a new church she's starting, but ended up finding a highchair for her granddaughter instead.

"I'm trying to achieve a new look, and the feather wreath is going to do that for me, I think," Shelba Noble, who just bought a new home, said.

"I'm almost done," Kim Babcock, who was shopping for her children, nieces, and nephews, said. "Except you make one peruse and then you end up with more. You don't mean to, but you do. Like I said, it's just too good to pass up."

You can find something for pretty much anyone in your family -- if they want to play Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz with ruby red slippers or wear Jimmy Neutron Boy Genius underwear or even read in style with a pair of sparkly reading glasses.

One shopper had a hard time finding anything for herself, so she decided to buy some jeans for a needy child from her church.

"Well, baby, I'm not in the maternity age anymore, you know. And that's all they have over there -- maternity, juniors. And I passed that, baby," Debra Hammons said. "See, I used to be the original coke bottle. Now, I'm a 3-liter, and that's fine."

It's not just women who went shopping today. One man's wife was at work, so she sent him on a mission: Find something with a Noah's ark theme for their baby on the way.

"I thought it was cute. And I think she'll like it," Tobias Rodriguez said.

Mission accomplished.

The sale, located at 2301 S. Broadway Avenue, continues through Saturday. Doors open at 8 a.m. and close at 6 tomorrow night and at 4 Saturday afternoon.

Julie Tam, reporting.

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