LA Kids Consignment offers parents discounts


Kids and all the things that go with them are expensive. But inside two jam-packed warehouses in Canoga Park, you can save 50 to 70 percent off everything they need.

"People can find clothes, shoes, toys, strollers, books, puzzles, games, DVDs, pack-and-plays, baby equipment, maternity clothes and just about everything you need for any kid age 0 to early teen," said Kristin Nelson, owner of L.A. Kids Consignment.

The establishment is a grass-roots consignment business for parents. It has now grown to a massive three-day event with 550 consigners and 70,000 items.

"I started it seven years ago in my driveway actually with about 30 friends and neighbors, and it just started in my driveway and started growing from there, renting bigger and bigger buildings," said Nelson.

Here's how it works. You sign up ahead of time, get instructions on how to prepare your items, then drop them off a couple of days before the sale. Then, you get 65 percent of whatever sells. You can take back what doesn't sell or donate it to various charities around Southern California.

"I have two kids and they grow out of stuff so quickly. They think they like something, and then they don't the next day," said volunteer Kathryn Cunningham.

"I knew this was the way to go instead of having a garage sale and having to go through the headaches of selling everything so cheap when you've paid so much for it," said another volunteer and consigner Sandra Zamora.

If you want to make even more money, you can volunteer and make 70 percent from the items that sell.

"Every time they grow out of clothes or shoes, I put them aside, make sure they're washed and clean and then I consign for the next sale, and I still make between $500 to $700 every time," said Zamora.

The sale runs through Sunday, Oct. 2 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Sunday, shoppers get an additional 50 percent off.

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