HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - The holiday season is just around the corner. If you anticipate buying a gift for a child -- boy or girl of any age -- WHNT NEWS 19 has found the sale for you.
It's a 47,000 square-foot treasure trove for everything you could possibly want for a child.
This is the 17th year for the bi-annual sale. Organizers say you are guaranteed to save up to 80 percent on almost anything you can imagine.
"If you can conceive of it for a child, chances are it's here," said Kelly Carter, co-owner of Kids Market. She runs the sale with her sister.
Kids Market is housed inside a warehouse at the corner of Max Luther Drive and North Memorial Parkway in Huntsville.
Carter and her sister have been collecting consignment items for Kids Market since Labor Day.
They have about 190,000 things for sale that came from 1,700 local families.
"You're shopping 1,700 families' garage sales with only their best stuff," said Carter.
Shoppers will find dozens of racks of clothes for every age, for boys and girls.
Carter says consigners set their own prices and they are usually a fraction of the prices shoppers would pay at a traditional store.
"We've got a rack for Halloween, we've got a rack for maternity," said Carter. "We've got coats separated out, dancewear separated out and then the children's clothes start at one end of the building for girls and it snakes, getting bigger so it's easy to find and shop. The boy's side is exactly a mirror to the girls'."
But it's much more than just clothing.
"We have sports sections," Carter added. "We have shoes that cover the whole back of the wall. We've got books, videos, video games, and systems. We have a lot of instruments this year. So, I think we've got a violins and a couple of guitars and keyboards, bicycles galore."
Consigners take home two-thirds of what their items sell for.
Carter says she has some savvy shoppers who nearly break even on outfitting a child from birth through high school. She says the trick is buying items deeply discounted at this sale, taking good care of them, then re-selling them for the same price you paid for them originally.
"Most of the time they're in pristine shape because we tell people please don't bring things with issues and stains," said Carter.
The Kids Market warehouse is right next to "Dirt Cheap."
The sale opens to the public on September 30th and goes through October 12th. There's no charge to shop.
Hours are 9:00 am to 8:00 pm on Monday, then 9:00 am to 6:00 pm Tuesday through Saturday, closed on Sunday.
This is the Kids Market Fall sale. The sisters hold a Kids Market Spring sale each year, too.