Giggles & Grace consignment sale set for Sept. 7-8
Published 11:54 am Friday, August 31, 2018
NORTH SHELBY – Asbury United Methodist Church’s Giggles & Grace baby and child consignment sale has grown from the efforts of two church members 11 years ago to include about 425 sellers and more than 1,000 shoppers.
This year’s fall Giggles & Grace consignment sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 8. Another sale is held each year in the spring.
The church is located at 6690 Cahaba Valley Road in North Shelby County.
“Asbury Giggles & Grace is a children’s consignment sale where you can find quality seasonal clothing, furniture, toys, baby gear, Halloween costumes, sports equipment and more at great prices,” Publicity Co-Chair Jennifer McInnish said.
Consignor registration is typically five weeks prior to the sale date. The consignors are given a website and login information so they can input the items they wish to sell and whether they would like to donate items that are not purchased.
“We are blessed with many repeat consignors, and those slots can fill up quickly,” McInnish said.
The consignors set the prices through an online system starting at $3. They are given the option to offer the item at half price on Saturday and either have the unpurchased items returned to them Saturday afternoon at pick up or have those items donated to several mission organizations throughout the community.
A co-chair committee of 21 people put in many hours of preparation prior to the sale.
“We utilize many gracious volunteers, both youth and adult,” McInnish said. “The youth alone worked 325 hours during our last sale, and our adult volunteer hour quota was close to 1,500. We are grateful to all the families who give up their time and energy to help support our mission!”
Volunteers are accepted up to the week of the sale. Information about volunteering can be found at AsburyGigglesandGrace.com.
Asbury offers vouchers for those that may need financial assistance. More information about vouchers can be found at AsburyGigglesandGrace.com under the “missions” tab.
“The missions application is designed to be straight forward and simple,” McInnish said. “If you or someone you know would benefit from a voucher for clothing, furniture or educational books or toys, there is a Google document form to fill out located on the website.”
Dates are also set when assistance is available for non-English speaking families to apply for vouchers in person.
Applications were due Sept. 1.
“During out last sale alone over 60 families received vouchers for shopping, and we had four organizations receive truck loads of donations from the sale: Oak Mountain Missions, Kings Home, Foster Care of Shelby County and the Lovelady Center,” McInnish said. “The organizations change over time, but it is a blessing to be able to bless others with these donations over the past 11 years!”