Once upon a time consignment sales were just about saving a buck, while cleaning out a closet or two, but today it's big business.
From clothes to DVDs and even toys, parents know how pricey the items can be, which is why consignment sales like the one going on at the Overland Park Convention Center are becoming more of a necessity.
"To save money in today's economy is very important," said Michelle Dryer.
"I love the variety and different prices, and you can get a lot of really great used things for a great price," said Michlah Hamadani.
"It was a win-win situation," said Sharon Smitka, the owner of Kid's Closet Connection.
For Smitka it was a simple idea she came to with a decade ago.
"We started with 50 consigners at the VFW hall at 95th and Pflumm," she said.
That has turned into nearly 600 consigners participating in one of the area's largest consignment sales.
With gently used clothes, books and toys at 60 to 90 percent off, sellers take home 65 to 70 percent of their earnings and many count on the sale to get them through.
"My kids play sports and those sports can be pretty pricey, so cutting back on cost on simple things just to be able to contribute more back towards extra fun things," Dryer said.
Dryer has been a consigner at the Kid's Closet Connection event since 2008 and sees more and more people turning to sales like it to help ease the costs of a growing family.
"I get to redo my child's wardrobe for what I make," she said.
"I like the idea of this versus a garage sale," said shopper Hamadani.
She hasn't stepped forward to sell yet, even though she's always wanted to. But she always picks up plenty to get her family through the coming months and the next year.
In today's world where everything seems to come at quite a cost, finding a bargain sometimes can't be beat.
"I look for all seasons, coats, winter boots, all seasons no matter what time of year it is," Hamadani said.
Thursday, August 28 2014 9:44 PM EDT2014-08-29 01:44:10 GMT
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