Amy Berridge is a bargain shopper. It started about four years ago when her daughter was only a toddler.

Amy Berridge is a bargain shopper. It started about four years ago when her daughter was only a toddler.

“After I attended the first one, I was hooked,” said the Blue Springs resident. “I began shopping, consigning and volunteering each season when the sales rolled around. I look forward to them all year.”

It was not long after Berridge found a love for consignment sales that she decided to try organizing one herself. That is where the All About Kids Consignment Sale was born. An opportunity to establish an event, she said, that people look forward to year after year.

“Moms are trying to stretch their budgets further than ever before, and they are looking for ways to make some extra money,” she said. “Our family is a prime example of this. Since I started participating in consignment sales, I have been able to sell enough of our kids’ outgrown clothes that I can buy their current sizes with no out-of-pocket expense. More and more moms are realizing that at consignment sales they can buy great, like-new items for their kids at a fraction of retail prices.”

And Berridge is not alone. Following in the steps of other consignment sales such as the Just Between Friends events, Berridge and two other area moms have started consignment sales – Love It Again and Here We Grow Again.

“Our goal for this first sale is to provide a quality sale for the shoppers. We want to build a community sale where people from the area look at it as their sale,” said Courtney Borchers, a former elementary school teacher who has started Love It Again. “After all, the more items we get in a sale and the more people we get to attend, the more profitable it will be for our consignors.”

All three offer semi-annual consignment sales where consignors can earn up to 70 percent of the selling price for each item. In addition, those items that are not sold can be donated to area charities. Sizes include preemie to pre-teen clothing as well as items such as toys, cribs, room décor, strollers, high chairs, swings and bath tubs.

Borchers and her husband Chris got started in consignment sales the same way most do – by participating. She said in the end, the Blue Springs High School graduates realized it was a great way for parents of younger children to make money on their gently used items. Rather than buying into a pre-established franchise, they decided to build one from the ground up.

“I am a stay at home mom to our 3-year-old, Alayna, and 10-month-old twins Lawson and Lydia. About this time last year I prayed for some sort of business opportunity. I had no idea this is what it would be,” she said. “I once compared it to planning a wedding because there are so many challenges and steps along the way. No matter how ready we feel, it seems there is always a to-do list that is full.”

Ranell Poe, one of the organizers behind Here We Grow Again, decided to join a consignment business that was started by one of her friends. She said after seeing the success the sale had in Olathe, Kan., she decided to bring it to Eastern Jackson County in 2009.

“I think they are so popular because they help so many people. They help the consignors by getting unused stuff out of their house while earning money,” she said. “They help shoppers by providing them the things they need at great prices.”

All three women said the biggest challenge is simply getting the word out.

“I have watched local consignment sales grow exponentially the last couple years, mainly due to the weakened economy,” Berridge said. “With the increase in popularity I wanted to give moms more options and another opportunity to find great bargains for their kiddos.”