Archive for Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Charity consignment auction moving to De Soto

September 3, 2008

When Kathy Beck couldn't find a consignment sale for women's clothing, she decided to create her own, and this time, it's moving a little farther west.

The Shawnee resident's consignment business, Affordably Chic, will have its fourth semi-annual consignment boutique shopping event from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 19 and 20 at Zimmerman's Kill Creek Farm's barn, 9210 Kill Creek Road, De Soto. The event will benefit The Healing House for Women, a sobriety home in Kansas City, Mo., and this time is sure to have an even greater selection thanks to participation from area boutiques.

Beck said she came up with the concept out of necessity.

"A lot of people do this with kids' clothes, but there wasn't anything for women," she aid. "I just thought it would be fun for everybody to pool everything together and see what you got."

Sales take place in the fall and the spring, offering gently used designer clothing, business attire, casual and athletic clothes, evening wear and accessories like handbags, shoes and jewelry. Beck and her staff make sure there are no tears or stains on any of the items in the sale, but Beck said often, people consign items that have never been worn.

"A lot of people still have original tags on some of the things they bring in," she said.

This year, Beck solicited local boutiques like Ambiance and Excuses to bring end-of-the-season clothing to the sale, too, so there will be even more brand-new items. A variety of additional vendors also will exhibit merchandise and services related to women's issues.

Though the sale previously has been staged in a convention space in Overland Park, Beck said she wanted to look for a place to add to the atmosphere of the sale and a spot that's easier for clients to get to. She said the barn would give the sale a more "quaint" and boutique feel, and she hopes to have each sale there moving forward.

Beck said most of the shoppers come from the Overland Park, Lenexa and Shawnee area, but she's had shoppers come from as far as North Kansas City, Mo., and Parsons, Kan., thanks to the sale's Web site, affordablychic.com.

"It's amazing when I go through their mailing list where they're all coming from," she said.

There is no fee to enter, but consigners are encouraged to consider donating their left-over items to the Healing House after the sale. Beck said she knows the founder of the charitable organization, which has a 75 percent success rate of keeping women sober.

Affordably Chic has delivered more than $10,000 worth of donated items to the organization.

"These women have to get a job within a week of being in the home, and they have nothing to wear," Beck said. "It just feels real good to see them and to see it's going for a good cause."

Volunteers at the sale can shop the night before the public sale. For more information about the sale, volunteering or consigning items, visit the Web site or contact Beck at (913) 269-5754.

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