The Children’s Museum of New Hampshire is having its Spring Consignment Sale of children’s clothing and gear on April 26 and 27 at the Elks Lodge in Dover. This sale will offer gently used, good quality children’s clothes, baby clothes and gear, footwear, costumes, toys, nursery furniture and décor, sports equipment, books, music, and videos at outstanding prices. Maternity wear will also be available. People who consign items will earn 60% of the revenue from their sold items. The remaining net proceeds will benefit the Children’s Museum of NH and its vital education and outreach programs.
The sale will be held at Dover Elks Lodge, located at 282 Durham Road (Route 108) in Dover. The sale will be open on Friday, April 26 from 9 am – 8 pm and on Saturday, April 26 from 9 am - 1 pm. Saturday will be a half-price sale on many items. There will also be a private pre-sale event on Thursday, April 25 from 5-8 pm for people who consign 25 items or more, volunteer at the sale or have reserved a New Parent Pass.
Several family-friendly vendors will also be at the sale, including Green Earth Baby Works of Epping and Lolly, a new candy shop in downtown Dover.
The Children’s Museum’s consignment sale makes use of technology to streamline the process of consigning items, scheduling volunteers and automating sales. “People interested in consigning can go to our website and click through to a page where they can log in all the items they want to sell,” Children’s Museum Director Justine Roberts explained. “When all of their items are entered, the program will print out a page of bar-coded tags that can be cut out and attached to each item before being dropped off for the sale. Clothing is all organized by size to make shopping easier, and the tags clearly state the brand and price of each item. We use hand-held bar-code scanners for easy check-out, then consignors can log in and see which of their items sold and how much money they have earned. Volunteers can also sign up right at our website.”
At the conclusion of the sale, consignors may pick up their unsold items or sign-off to have the Children’s Museum donate their items to local charities. This year, the museum is partnering with three local charity organizations that will get unsold clothing: Neighbors Helping Newborns, The Cinderella Project of New Hampshire, and Lil’ Iguana’s Children’s Safety Foundation. Unsold books will be donated to the Dover Public Library