This weekend, parents can snag gently used clothing, toys and books for their children at a consignment event.
Whale of a Sale-Indy South will be from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at The Gathering Place, 1495 W. Main St., Greenwood.
Franklin women Angel Tarvin and Melissa Mullis started the south branch of the sale. A Carmel branch was started in 2009.
Mullis explained the sale.
1. How does Whale of a Sale work?
It’s a children’s consignment company, so anything child-related such as books, toys and clothing can be sold. Parents go online and price their items, print out tags and set up a time to drop off the clothing. The consigner gets 60 percent of the sales while the store gets 40 percent. A check will be mailed to the consignor, minus a $15 consignor fee. Parents can earn more of a percentage of their sales by volunteering at the event.
2. So, you don’t have a brick and mortar building?
No, we rent buildings to have the sales in, and the weekend sale will be the second southside sale. Racks and other supplies are put in a storage unit. Pricing and other things are done online.
3. Why did you open the company?
We were looking for something to do that would allow us to stay home with our kids, help support our families and give back to the community in some way.
4. How many people are you expecting at the sale?
Last year we had more than 1,000 and about 100 consignors. It is one of those things that we don’t know until right before the sale.
5.What happens to unsold clothing?
Parents have the option of taking the unsold clothing back, marking it half price for Saturday, or having it donated to Care Net Pregnancy Center, The Refuge or Children of the Promise of Haiti.
— Compiled by Magen Kritsch