Big Kid ReSale returns to Westlake

Shoppers at Westlake's Big Kid ReSale

If you are like many people in this day and age, the thought of throwing away your children’s outgrown clothing or toys feels like throwing your hard-earned money out the window. That’s why children’s resale events have grown in popularity. This is a public sale where vendors sell gently used or even new children’s items for a fraction of the cost of buying them at retail. Until recently, there were no options for those savvy shoppers who wanted to buy or sell items for their older kids. That’s where Westlake’s Big Kid ReSale comes in.

After four successful sales since 2012, the fifth annual Big Kid ReSale is set for Saturday, March 12, from 8 a.m. to noon at the Westlake High School, 27830 Hilliard Blvd. The sale will feature more than 70 vendors selling clothing sizes 5T to Juniors and gear appropriate for kids elementary age through high school. In addition to clothing and shoes, shoppers will find everything from sports equipment, toys and games to books, music equipment, computer stuff and furniture.

Donna Wiemels of Fairview Park sold for a number of years at the Westlake Early Childhood Kiddie Kloset. She moved on to the Big Kid ReSale when her children passed the preschool age. “I have done many sales over the years at different venues and the Big Kid Resale is my favorite,” says Wiemels. “I enjoy being a seller and making extra money from my gently used clothes and I love being a buyer too. I have found amazing deals on name brand items for my older children. The event is always well organized and seems to be a pleasant experience for everyone.”

“I have always had success with this very well-run sale,” says Carol Wittkopf of Bay Village. “It feels good to go through closets and boxes and ‘clean house’ while making a nice pocket full of money. My daughter gets into the act as well by clearing out old toys, clothes, books, etc. She prices things, organizes them, helps me set up and then gets to keep the profits! It's a win-win situation!” says Wittkopf. “Quality items are offered at fantastic prices, our house is less cluttered and my daughter and I have some extra cash!”

Even unwanted items find a new home after the sale is over. Sale organizers collect clothing, bedding, soccer equipment and shoes to donate to two orphanages in Haiti through a local church. A representative from the Westlake Police Department also takes items to a local shelter. Admission to the sale is $5 for the early-bird shoppers from 8-9 a.m. and $1 for entrance from 9 a.m.-noon. Vendors accept cash only and no bills larger than $20. Organizers appreciate small bills at the door.

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