The gym at the Pip Moyer Community Recreation Center will soon fill up with more than 15,000 gently used purses, dresses and shoes for a four-day consignment sale geared towards women from Sept. 13-16.
The annual She Sale started in Annapolis in 2010 after Mimi Shea received dozens of requests for an adult clothing consignment sale from mothers who already shopped her kid-oriented Wee Sale.
"A lot of the moms were saying to me, 'You give me a great venue to sell my kids' stuff, but why don’t we do a ladies sale?' " Shea said. "Also, we capture the audience who aren’t moms right now. The single ladies, juniors, teens, tweens, or the older ladies who are past the kids age. My mom even shops the sale."
The sale features women's clothing, purses, shoes and jewelry. It also includes household items like lamps, end tables and holiday decor. For a full list of what can be consigned during the sale, click here.
"We have inspectors that go through the items right in front of you when you drop them off," Shea said. "We'll give it back to you if it doesn't fit with the sale, and if there is anything that you don't want back, we will donate it directly."
Shea also puts up one, large tented area of the gym as a dressing room.
"I always recommend that if people are modest they wear a tank top or leggings or whatever to put underneath," Shea said.
In addition to the usual clothing items, Shea said there are a handful of wedding dresses being consigned at this year's sale.
"We always have a huge rack of just hand bags," Shea said. "We almost always have Coach bags, Dooney and Burke and we usually have a couple of Louis Vuitton bags."
Items are usually marked between 70 to 80 percent off their original retail price. Sellers earn 55 percent of the price of each item they list, but women who help run the sale earn more.
"If you work a four-hour shift at the sale, you earn 60 percent," Shea said. "Two four-hour shifts will earn a woman 65 percent."
Shea said that at the Wee Sale in August she wrote more than 20 checks for amounts greater than $1,000 to parents who consigned their kids used clothing and toys.
To sell your items, log onto the She Sale website and click on the consign button. You will be prompted to enter your items into the web inventory system and print out tags. Then you bring your items to a specific location during the drop-off period before the sale starts.
Any unsold items can be picked up after the sale or Shea said she will donate them to the Mission of Peace charity.
She Sale Hours:
- Thursday, Sept. 13 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
- Friday, Sept. 14 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Saturday, Sept. 15 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (25 percent off day)
- Sunday, Sept. 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (50 percent off day)