LONGVIEW, Texas (KLTV) - Some of the kids may not like it, and parents may not be big fans of the expense, but it’s closing in on time for back to school. However, there is a group out there who helps out with clothing costs and helps free up some drawer space while they’re at it.
If you have kids, you may want to swing by the Exhibit Building at the Longview Fairgrounds this weekend. According to Lexie Barthelemess with Repeats Are Neat, you may find an entire wardrobe for back to school.
“We have a lot, a lot of kids clothes. People come and bring a lot of their clothes. It’s an easy way for some families to get a lot of clothes at a lot cheaper price than they would buying them from the store,” Lexie said.
And the clothes come from other people with kids because, you know how it is, suddenly little bubba’s too big for his britches.
“All the clothes here are in good condition, and kids grow so fast now that, the clothes really, you can’t get all their worth out of them,” Lexie explained.
So this whole thing gets some of that worth back since it’s a consignment deal. Caity Rutledge has two kids and plays both ends of Repeats Are Neat.
“It’s probably pretty genius in my opinion. I could see where you just want to get rid of your stuff. And I do not like garage sales. I don’t like them, Caity said. “I really don’t like to do that, so this is a great opportunity to kind of get rid of some things and not have to deal with all of that part."
To sell your gently used clothes you need to set up an account at repeatsareneat.com and list your items along with prices. Washing the clothes would be good, along with putting them on hangers and pricing them.
“And they also set them if they want to go half off on Sundays when our half-off sale is,” Lexie said.
And the unsold stuff can be picked up after the sale or donate "to help out some foster families in the area,” Lexie said.
“Part of me feels okay because the items that I don’t sell, I feel really good that they’re going somewhere like the Legacy Closet, so I enjoy that part too,” Caity added.
And will consignors return?
“It’s like you clean out, and do I want to go shop and buy more stuff, but you know, it’s a good deal,” Caity said with a laugh.
Yes, they also sell stuff for the kids to play with.
They will be accepting items to sell Friday morning, so there’s still time to go sign up and take your clothes and toys. The sale opens Friday evening at 7:15, but you have to get a free ticket online. Saturday it’s 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday it’s 1 p.m. to 4 p.m..
The event features special shopping times for volunteers, consignors, and expecting or new moms. After the pre-sale shopping times, the event is free and open to the public.
Any items left will be half off on the last day of the sale, which will be Sunday, Aug. 4