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IN THE BAG

Shopping column: Gear up for kids' growth spurts at resale events

Gently used clothes, toys and more.

Friday, February 22, 2013 - 12:01 am

Kids outgrow clothes and toys so fast, and resale events are a great way to get gently used clothes and gear without paying retail prices.

This must be the season for resale events, as we have three to tell you about:

•If you're interested in selling or buying, the spring/summer Lucky Duck Children's Consignment Sale may be for you — you can do either, or both. It will be March 21-23 at Dupont Downs, 538 E. Dupont Road, behind the Dupont library.

Gently used, high-end brands of children's clothing, shoes, furniture, toys, books, bikes and more will be for sale, as well as maternity items.

Admission is free. Sale hours are 9 a.m.-7 p.m. March 22 and 8 a.m.- 1 p.m. March 23. Many items are half-price March 23. Cash and credit cards are accepted.

For customers wanting to shop before the general public, pre-sale shopping is 7-9 p.m. March 21, but you have to buy a ticket at the door for $10.

If you're interested in selling items, register at www.luckyduckfortwayne.com. Using the online bar-coding system on the website, consignors set their own prices on their items and then print tags from their home computers. Consignors drop off their items the week of the sale, and sale staff set up and organize the sale.

Consignors earn 60 percent of their total sales and the opportunity to receive up to 75 percent by volunteering to work a shift at the sale or referring a friend to consign. Consignors and volunteers get passes to shop the private pre-sale March 21. Unsold items can be donated to the charity partner, True Vine Ministry at Pathway Community Church, or can be picked up by the consignor at the end of the sale.

Lucky Duck Children's Consignment Sale is a biannual shopping event with a sale held in the spring and fall. The March sale will be Lucky Duck's fifth sale in Fort Wayne.

•Fellowship Missionary Church, 2536 East Tillman Road, is hosting its annual Children's Clothing Resale 8 a.m.-noon March 16.

More than 120 sellers are registered to participate and will be selling children's clothing, maternity clothing, toys, baby furniture and other baby equipment. All items are inspected for quality before being accepted for the sale.

The sale includes children's clothing from size newborn to girls junior size 7 and boys size 20. Other items sold include cribs, rockers, dressers, strollers, playpens, swings, toys, bikes, books and more. Only personal checks and cash are accepted.

A percentage of the proceeds from the sale reach children in need through contributions to local organizations.

There are still spots available for those who would like to volunteer. Email FMCResale@gmail.com, and someone will contact you.

•The Twins Club Spring Resale, which is open to the public, is 8 a.m.-1 p.m. March 9 at Messiah Lutheran Church, 7211 Stellhorn Road. Children's clothing in sizes preemie to 16, maternity wear, toys, strollers, swings, cribs and more will be for sale. For more information, go to www.nimotm.org.

Comic book convention

The Fort Wayne Comic Book Convention is 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the Comfort Suites, 5775 Coventry Lane, at the Interstate 69 and U.S. 24 interchange (Exit 302).

Admission is free. Dealers from several states will be there with comic books from the golden age to present, as well as collectible items such as action figures.

If you have comics you no longer want, bring them over; dealers also will be buying.

Women's expo

The Fort Wayne Women's Expo is this weekend at Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Ave. It features fashion shows, cooking demonstrations, shopping, giveaways and hourly prizes. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5.

Know of a store opening, closing or remodeling? Find a good deal? Call Cindy Larson at 461-8284, fax 461-8817, email clarson@news-sentinel.com or write to: In the Bag, C/O The News-Sentinel, PO Box 102, Fort Wayne, IN 46801. To read other columns, go to www.news-sentinel.com/section/LARSON.