Annual Autumn Cape Kids Treasures Sale Takes Place This Weekend

Cape Kids' Treasures Sale

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The highly anticipated Cape Kids Treasures Sale returns to Osterville this weekend. What started out as a few friends getting together to sell clothes that no longer fit their children has grown into a massive twice yearly event for parents on Cape Cod.

Dawn Atsalis said she was surprised that it’s become so large, but understands there’s a real need for extra cash when you have young children.

She told CapeCod.com that it’s amazing to hear feedback after the event when sellers receive checks from the sale. Some are using the money to pay medical bills, repair the car, or stash away some savings. She said it’s hard for busy parents; especially stay at home moms, to find ways to make extra cash. This allows them to clear out the closets and make money from items that are just collecting dust.

For this sale, Atsalis invited shoppers to “Tell Us Your Favorite Part of Shopping the Cape Kids Treasures Sale” and the response has been overwhelming.

“The answers are so amazing. We have everything from great deals, low prices on clothing, toys, baby gear for my kids, etc and they love saving money, but the nicest comments are the ones from shoppers who say things like It’s a wonderful way to bring the community together, I love seeing old friends there while shopping, I look forward to this twice/year as a special day out with my mom, sister, friend, husband, I love that we are saving the environment and helping families at the same time, and It is so organized and easy to shop,” said Atsalis.

In 2010, Atsalis held her first consignment sale at St George Greek Church in Barnstable with 2000 items. However, Cape Kids Treasures quickly outgrew that location. This weekend over 200 families will be selling 35,000 items. The spots for consigners filled up in just 2 hours! Due to such a huge response, Atsalis is looking to expand the number of sales she does each year.

Consigners, expectant mothers, and volunteers receive early access to the sale during the VIP opening on Friday night. Items that haven’t sold yet can be reduced to half price by the seller on Saturday after 3pm and all day Sunday.

Each item is inspected so shoppers are guaranteed to have quality items in good shape. It’s not just clothes. Used toys plus kids and baby furniture and accessories in good condition are all for sale as well.

The consignment sale doesn’t just benefit families looking to sell clothes children have outgrown, but also those who can’t afford to buy. When clothes are leftover at the end of the sale, families are given the option to pick up or donate the items.

Dawn works closely withA Baby Center in Hyannis, Safe Harbor Shelter in Hyannis, Angel House in HyannisandCradles to Crayons.

Dawn said this isn’t her full time job and it’s probably the most work she’s done for the least amount of money, but it’s become her passion. She loves seeing people come in excited to buy and hearing the stories about how it’s helped families on Cape Cod.

Cape Kids Treasures Sale takes place Saturday October 21st 8am – 6pm and Sunday October 22nd 10am – 2pm at 770 Main Street Osterville behind Wimpy’s Restaurant.

By Rebecca Romo, Lifestyle Reporter CapeCod.com



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