Finding deals and supporting great causes
Birmingham is known for its consignment sales, many of which are held both in the spring and fall. While shoppers show up and find great deals quickly, an untold number of people and hours of work go into making these sales happen. We’ve put together some tips for a few local sales, and we caught up with event organizers to learn more about their sales.
Renewed Threads, Alabaster
Restore Alabaster, 128 Market Center Drive
Thursday, Sept. 12 | 6:30-8:30pm
Friday, Sept. 13 | 8am-6pm
Saturday, Sept. 14 | 8am-noon (some items are 50% off)
Renewed Threads is a bi-annual baby and children’s consignment sale that features around 50 consignors and offers a variety of boutique and play clothing, baby equipment, toys, books, nursery décor and more. The sale has been taking place for 10 years and includes a Thursday night pre-sale ($5 cash at the door).
“Our sale has remained small, as we want to offer a more intimate and less overwhelming shopping experience,” said organizer Rachel Ollis. “Our sale supports our Children’s Ministry [at Alabaster First United Methodist Church], which provides an incredible VBS experience for more than 250 children in our area, as well as new playground equipment and community events throughout the year. This sale helps us minister to hundreds of children in our community and beyond.”
- No strollers or shopping bags. Bring a laundry bag and umbrella stroller.
- Cash and cards accepted ($3 fee).
Kingdom Kids Consignment Sale
Gardendale Mt. Vernon United Methodist Church, 805 Crest Drive, Gardendale
Wednesday, Sept. 18 | 8am-6pm
Thursday, Sept. 19 | 8am-7pm
Friday, Sept. 20 | 8am-5pm
Saturday, Sept. 21 | 7am-noon (most items half off)
A twice-yearly consignment sale featuring 500 sellers and features gently-used clothing sized infant to teen and tween, maternity clothing, shoes, accessories, bedding, furniture, baby gear, toys, electronics and more.
“30% of the profits goes to help support the church’s missions-local, national and international, including Royal Family Kids Camp, Cornerstone Ranch Camp, The North Jefferson Women’s Center, The Lovelady Center, The Firehouse Shelter and many national and international missionaries,” said organizer Tara Salters. “Money is also invested in our youth for mission trips along with spiritual camps and events.”
- Cash, check and debit/credit cards (with a 3% fee)
- Bring a basket or cart to hold your items while you shop.
Asbury Giggles & Grace consignment sale
Asbury United Methodist Church, 6690 Cahaba Valley Road, Birmingham
Friday, Sept. 6 | 8am-6pm
Saturday, Sept. 7 | 8am-noon
This bi-annual consignment sale is in its 12th year. Over 400 sellers consign and shoppers number between 1,000 and 2,000.
The sale features quality clothing for all sizes, babies through teenagers, as well as books, toys, shoes, baby furniture, and many more items available for purchase.
A portion of the proceeds are given to support the children and youth programs at the church and various mission groups in the area including Oak Mountain missions, Kings Home, Foster Care of Shelby County, And the Lovelady Center.
“Our sale has only been a success for the past 12 years because of the amount of hours of hard work put in by our volunteers,” said Jennifer McInnish, publicity co-chair for Giggles and Grace. “We have a co-chair committee of 21 who put in countless hours of prep work to bring the sale to fruition.”
Birmingham Area Moms of Multiples Twice As Nice Consignment Sale
Metropolitan Church of God, 2800 Metropolitan Way, Birmingham
Friday, Aug. 23 | 4:30pm-8:30pm
Saturday, Aug. 24 | 8am-noon (many items are half price)
The Birmingham Area Mothers of Multiples sale has been around since the early 1980s. This semi-annual sale allows their members to consign items and pass along much-needed items (many in multiples) for great prices. All items are priced and sold separately, so the sale is truly for everyone.
“Unlike other local consignment sales, we operate like a pop-up shop. We set up racks, tables, and shelves on Thursday morning and our members bring their items on Thursday afternoon and evening,” said organizer Alicia Bailey.
The Twice as Nice sale supports Birmingham Area Mothers of Multiples, an organization dedicated to the support of moms with twins, triplets and higher order multiples in the metropolitan Birmingham area.
- No kids under 10 and no strollers on Friday – baby wearing is allowed. Kids and strollers are allowed on Saturday.
- No shopping bags or baskets; a bag will be provided for your shopping convenience.
Cash, MasterCard and Visa accepted (with a 3.5% fee)
Other local sales include:
- Chic Repeats, Aug. 23-24, Helena UMC, Helena
- Bargains on the Bluff, Sept. 12-14, Bluff Park UMC, Hoover
- Lil’ Lambs, Sept. 12-14, Trinity UMC, Homewood
- T-N-T Consignment Sale, Sept. 13-14, Riverchase UMC, Hoover
- Sweet Repeats, Sept. 12-14, Mountain Brook Community Church
- Trussville UMC Children’s Consignment Sale, Sept. 20-21, Trussville
- Market on the Mountain, Sept. 13-14, Mountaintop Community Church, Vestavia Hills