Both in the education field — Blackwell is a school administrator and Walker is a first-grade teacher — the two took advantage of their summer break to offer a new service to the York community.
Walker said she had visited a consignment store before, but the idea of creating a large annual event came from a friend in Oklahoma.
Walker said the consignment event was new to York last year, though it had been popular in surrounding areas including Carlisle, Mechanicsburg and Lancaster.
“Once our friend planted the seed, we thought, ‘wow this would be a great thing to bring to the York community,'” she said.
The second annual Common Cents Consignments event will be held June 21-23 at the Alert Fire Company in Manchester Township.
Thursday will be the consignor drop-off, as well as the consignor and volunteer pre-sale. The event will be open to the public from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday and 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, when selected items will be 50 percent off.
In addition to maternity clothing and clothes for infants to teens, Walker said other items for sale have included breast pumps, outside childhood toys and childhood bedding.
Items are non-seasonal, so Walker said its a chance for parents to shop for the next year and for consignors to clean out.
She said last year’s sale had items from more than 60 consignors and she expects at least that many this year. Consignors can sign up through Sunday and tag items online.
Walker said she encourages consignors to price their items to sell.
“We want everybody to win in this situation,” she said. “We want consignors to make a little bit of money and families to still get a great bargain.”
Consignors are guaranteed a profit of at least 65 percent, and they can choose whether to donate unsold items on a case-by-case basis to the York Rescue Mission.
“Being a new business just starting out, we have a lot of family and friends who are willing to help us out and get off the ground,” said Walker.
But more volunteers are needed to work shifts before, during and after the sale. Consignors who pick up volunteer shifts can earn an extra an extra 3 percent of profit.
Admission to the sale is free, though a free-will offering of canned goods will be taken for the York Rescue Mission. Strollers are not allowed in the fire hall, Walker said, though wagons and large shopping bags will be available to use.