Coastal Kids Helps Local Families

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1Spring is in the air at the semi-annual Coastal Kids Consignment event, which brings together hundreds of local families hoping to sell, shop and save on kids items and also support local charities by donating items at the end of the event. This year financial and in-kind donations will be distributed to Communities in Schools of Delaware and local shelters.

Vicki Burns, owner of Coastal Kids Consignment, began the business in 2008 after she saw that local families needed help selling and purchasing recycled clothes. Raising a 5-year-old son herself at the time, Burns found out first hand how quickly kids grew out of clothes and the expense associate with purchasing new clothes every few months. In 2010 the businesses that originally began in Salisbury, MD expanded its reach into Delaware as sales were set up in Harrington. This will be the first year that the event will take place in Milford, DE as it will occur for two days at Milford Central Academy, located at 1021 N. Walnut Street.

“By being a part of this event you are helping families in your own community,” commented Burns. “It gives so many people an opportunity to repurpose items as their own kids quickly grow.”

The event first focuses on families that want to become sellers at the event. Cleaning out their attics, closets and garages, individuals sell their items with Coastal Kids and earn up to 70% of the sales price. Participants sign up to be a seller on the company website, print out tags for the items they want to sell and bring tagged items to the location of the sale. Sellers are able to decide their own prices on all of their items and do not have to be present at the sale. Registered sellers can view the progress of their items online and will receive a check for their sold items through the mail. Unsold items can be picked up after the sale or they can stay tagged and brought to the next sale.  If sellers do not want the unsold items back, Coastal Kids will donate the items to a chosen charity as individuals can still receive the tax deduction.

In addition to providing an event where local families can sell and purchase clothing and supplies from for their growing families, Coastal Kids will make an in-kind and financial donation to a local non-profit organization; this event’s recipient is Communities In Schools of Delaware.Through a school-based coordinator, Communities In Schools connects students and their families to critical community resources, tailored to local needs in several school districts across the state including Milford. After the two day sale, sellers have the opportunity to donate all unsold items or be a part of a discounted dollar dash sale. During the dollar dash sale, 100% of the sales will go directly to Communities In School with Coastal Kids making a matching donation.

“There is a need to give back to the community and we are looking forward to working with Communities In School at this event,” commented Burns. “We have built a relationship with the organization and we are really excited to help them continue their mission.”

In addition to clothing for infant to juniors for all seasons, the event will also sell many other items including bedding, bikes, books, cradles, cribs, diaper bags, kids furniture, games, playhouses, sporting equipment and strollers. If interested in selling, consignors should register to sell prior to April 9th via the Coastal Kids website, www.coastal-kids.com. The event will be held on Saturday, April 12 from 9am to 4pm
and Sunday, April 13 from10am to 2pm at the Milford Central Academy, located at 1021 N. Walnut Street in Milford. For more information, individuals are encouraged to contact Vicki at coastalkidsale@yahoo.com or 410-603-3925.

“Every sale is different and you never know what treasure you are going to uncover, commented Burns. “You are also helping to contribute back to your own community.” Burns encourages families to check out the non-profit organization this sale contributes to, Communities In Schools at www.cisdelaware.org.