The lines are long and excitement is high for the chance to score a deal at the Lil' Lambs Consignment sale at Centenary Methodists Church in Lexington. The two day sale grossed $167,000, the largest total ever. The sale's success is indicative of a country wide shopping shift as many Americans consider consignment as the way to go.
At Lil' Lambs, clothing is inspected for quality before hitting the floor. That's key to the success of the sale at a time when people are looking for great prices and demanding top quality.
Top quality is also important at Stephen Lawrence, Ltd.
Manager Shelley Hoffman says, "We're very particular about how we display items and what we take in. Our consigners appreciate it and so do our shoppers."
Stephen Lawrence has seen business increase 20% since last year. Business is so good their Moore Road location is expanding.
"We've seen a definite movement in brand new shoppers. A lot of people are being more conscious about their purchases", says Hoffman.
Hoffman also says offering only top quality items dispels common misconceptions about consignment shopping, that clothing is dirty or worn. At Stephen Lawrence there are gently worn designer duds for fractions of the retail prices. Some things still have the original tags.
Consignment stores city wide are cashing in on American's new turn toward retail recycling. Room Service, a furniture consignment store, says they've seen drastic increases in both consignors and new customers. At Lady Bug Landing, a children and maternity clothing consignment store, business is up 250 % over last year.
So, as local retailers work to keep the racks full, shoppers are cashing in.
They're getting their shopping fix while keeping the family budget intact.