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NC group allows parents to buy and sell gently used children's items

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WILMINGTON--Do you have children's clothes and items that your kids have outgrown? If so, a group called Pass it On Cape Fear is giving you the opportunity to sell your items and get new ones for up to 90 percent off the retail cost.

Pass it On is holding biannual sales in Wilmington. A sale is going on now through Sunday.

Consigning your items is as simple as getting online.

Michelle Ives and her husband came to the sale on Saturday in search of some little things for their little one. "We were able to find some cute clothes and a couple of little toys, so it's good," Ives said.

The sale at the Schwartz Center in downtown Wilmington drew mothers, expectant mothers and even dads.

Pass it On lets parents sell children's items and maternity clothes using an online tagging system. Sellers get 66 percent of the profits generated from those items. Leigh Jones sells her items using the system. "They have a pricing guide. So, you can reference, 'How much do I want to charge for that onesie?'" she said.

Organizer Maryann Balbo said, "We actually organize for them, and they can track each evening how much of their items have actually sold."

The sale held this weekend drew quite the crowd, and many admitted the economy played a big part in their choice to second-hand shop. Ives said, "It's a great opportunity for women in the city that can't necessarily afford to buy brand new things for their kids to get nice second hand stuff." Jones added, "In these economic times people are looking for ways not to pay retail. This is a great way to recycle."

As fast as children grow, organizers say the system makes sense. "By the age of two, a child has changed sizes seven times," Balbo said.

Meanwhile, many of today's buyers now say they may become tomorrow's sellers. "Right now, we're saving things for the next possible child," Ives said with a smile. " ... but definitely when we're done having kids, I'm going to be consigning my stuff at something like this for sure."

The sale goes until 6 p.m. Sunday.

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