Harper Junior High School’s gym will be transforming into a consignment shop from Aug. 13 to 16.
Worth Repeating, a new Davis company, and the Davis Schools Foundation are partnering to transform the gym into a shop.
Worth Repeating organizes children, teen and maternity consignment sales events in the Yolo area. Products sold at Harper’s event will include children’s clothes, toys, baby furniture, bicycles and DVDs.
Between Aug. 1 and 12, the consignment company will collect items in a space donated by Davis‘ Hallmark Inn. With 100 consignors already on board and 200 more expected, profits are anticipated to total about $35,000 to $50,000 for the Davis Schools Foundation.
While consignors usually receive 65 percent of the proceeds, at this weekend’s event, they can choose to have as much as 70 percent of their earnings donated to the Davis Schools Foundation, a group that raises money for Davis public schools. Additionally, Worth Repeating will donate 10 percent from the portion the business would normally keep.
Malinda Goodman, owner of Worth Repeating, and her partner, Tracey Mundy both have children in Davis schools.
“It will basically be one back-to-school shopping extravaganza, complete with toys, children’s furniture, and clothes,” Goodman said. “It’s different from Goodwill because we only accept items that are clean and in good condition. In addition, it’s all for kids, so that means no adult clothes or furniture.“
The event will not accept stuffed animals and similar products that cannot be cleaned. Currently five bags worth of unusable items have been turned in, which will have to be donated to other organizations.
With inspiration from a consignment company she found on the Internet, Goodman researched mega consignment businesses six months ago and has taken part in many consignment events over the years. Mundy joined in the soon after.
“We just think it’s a great opportunity for the community to save money and sell items that would normally be given up or thrown away, especially in this hard economy,” Mundy said.
Goodman said mega consignment businesses are a growing national trend.
Participants will receive early access to the items and an increased share of proceeds in exchange for working a three-hour shift.
DSF Boardmember Maria Ungermann said the consignment event benefits multiple elements of the community. While schools receive money, shoppers get affordable, durable goods. At the same time, reusing goods reduces waste and disposal into the environment.
“It’s a win-win situation for the schools, shoppers and environment,” she said.
Unsold items will be donated to the Short-Term Emergency Aid Committee, the Yolo Crisis Nursery, and other non-profits.
ELENI STEPHANIDES can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.