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Sold Sister offers a shopping alternative

Sold Sister, the brainchild of Hudson resident Carrie Jilek, gives parents a chance to make the most of their purchasing dollar by offering slightly used children's items twice a year at a consignment sale.

Sold Sister's first sale is at the Hudson Sports & Civic Center (hockey arena), 1820 Hanley Road, on Friday, April 4, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, April 5, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

"I am an avid shopper," said Jilek. "With the way the economy is going, this gives parents both the chance to trade in slightly used items on a consignment basis and to shop for great items at good prices," especially clothing from younger children who normally outgrow their clothes before the items show much wear and tear.

Instead of setting up a store front, Jilek decided to offer a consignment sale twice a year, coordinating with the spring and fall seasons.

"The money we save by not having the overhead of a storefront we can pass on to both the shoppers and the people who want to sell items," said Jilek.

Over 1,000 items have been collected for the first sale, including clothing, toys, strollers and larger goods such as rocking horses.

"We have a lot of nice stuff," said Jilek, who realizes the concept is somewhat a work in progress. "Hopefully, people will mark this on their calendars as a sale to look forward to."