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Whether your child needs a few back-to-school outfits or you are outfitting your first baby from nursery to books to clothes, Switch-A-Roos Consignment probably has exactly what you are looking for at a price that might surprise you.

Greenville’s fall and winter sale is Aug. 10 – 12 at the TD Convention Center. The Spartanburg sale is Aug. 24 – 26 at the Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium.

Switch-A-Roos began in 2003 when two friends, Lori Holcombe and Racheal Garrison realized they had too many children’s clothes.

“Racheal came to me with this idea,” Holcombe said.

The first sale had 60 consignors. Now, Switch-A-Roos has 1,500 consignors.

“We always have over 200,000 items to sell,” Holcombe said. “It just kept growing and growing.”

Parents, grandparents and caregivers can save money by purchasing, well, almost anything at the sale, and they can earn some cash as well.

“It’s a way to make money and a way to clean out,” Holcombe said. “Then in turn, you can turn around and buy stuff.”

Consignors manage everything online, including setting prices, printing tags and more. They earn 65 percent of each sales price. Any unsold items can be picked up or Switch-A-Roos will donate them to Little Steps, a local nonprofit organization that helps teen parents.

Holcombe said the sale, which is held twice each year, is a destination for some buyers. Some even schedule their vacation time so they can attend.

“We do advertise a lot for our sale,” she said. “Because we’re so large, we can do that. We have people who come from Virginia, North Carolina, all over. We have many families that tell us they completely clothe their child with us. Many also buy gifts for Christmas.”

The sale includes maternity clothes, clothing for children from newborn to preteen and gear for all ages, including books, videos, electronics, sporting goods and clothes and more. Baby equipment includes ride-on toys, strollers, cribs, changing tables, nursery décor – just about anything parents could find in a store. The Switch-A-Rooms section of the sale includes adult furniture and accessories that are perfect for a refresh or remodel and for college students who need to outfit dorms and apartments.

“You can get almost anything for your house,” Holcombe said.

New parents, grandparents and foster parents can register to attend before the sale is open to the public. Early shopping is also available to volunteers who work four hours at one shift, as well as those who consign at the sale. For the Greenville sale, new consignors can register their items online up until 1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7 and drop off items Tuesday evening. The online system will reopen in September so sellers can begin registering items for the February sale.

Yes, the sale is huge, but Holcombe said 16 registers are open at all times to keep lines moving quickly. Buyers might also be surprised that there are often many multiples of the same item available, so they can compare prices and quality and choose what fits their needs. She said her team is committed to making each sale get better as it gets bigger.

“We do whatever we can to improve the sale,” she said.

Get complete details about the sale, including hours, consigning, volunteering and other services, online at https://www.switcharoosconsignment.com.

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