Mommy Minute: Local consignment sale offers frugal fashion

Allyson Musili is the mom of twin 7-year-old girls, who has fallen in love with frugal fashion.

She said the Pa. Kids Market consignment sale has totally changed the way she shops.

“The stuff I’ve gotten them is adorable,” Musili said. “I’ve never paid more than $5 or $6 for denim, whether that’s jeans or a skirt or whatever. And now it’s made me really frugal. I won’t pay more than that.”

Musili's twin girls
Musili’s twin girls

The event happens twice a year in the fall and spring.

“We usually have about 34,000 items,” organizer Linda Sansom said. “There will be about 20,000 in clothes and all the rest will be in toys, strollers, pack-n-plays.”

And all of it will be offered at a deep discount.  Some items are so new, they still have tags.

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“We have checkers and those checkers look at everything that comes into our sale and if there’s anything that’s not up to the quality that we want, we don’t take it from the consignor,” Sansom said.

Allyson loved shopping the sale so much, she decided to volunteer and even consign some clothing herself.  So now she walks away with hot fashions and cold, hard cash.

“Almost every sale I’ve made several hundred dollars…so why not” she said. “I mean it’s a way to get rid of it and it’s going to someone who really needs it.  And you’re getting some serious money back.”

Musili's twin girls
Musili’s twin girls

There’s a pre-sale on Thursday for consignors, volunteers and new moms and grandmothers. You must pre-register to participate in that sale.

The public sale is Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Church Without Walls at 104 Roberts Valley Road in Harrisburg.

If you want to learn more, you can visit the Pa. Kids Market website at

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