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Friday, May 26, 2017

Save money — or make it — on new, gently used baby clothes

If you are a typical first-time parent, there’s a good chance you bought more baby clothes than you needed.

After all, no matter how much or how nice, the typical infant or toddler outgrows it — sometimes after a single wear.

So what are parents to do with stuff that clutters a nursery when it no longer fits?

Some head to the nearest consignment store, and that’s where Rhea Lana’s comes in. Rhea Lana’s is based in Little Rock, Ark., and has been in the children’s consignment business for more than 20 years. Tampa’s Sara Lewis is now running a Rhea Lana’s branch in North Tampa and is hosting an event at the Carrollwood Commons on Oct. 8-12 with a special opening night on Oct. 7. Lewis is looking for consignors, shoppers, and volunteers. All items are guaranteed and all cosigners are guaranteed 70 percent off of sales.

Lewis said her Tampa Bay business is growing fast.

“There are people that make consignor business a career,” she said. “A lot of the money goes to charity and it’s making a big deal. We are excited about the Carrollwood event.”

She is looking for volunteers for the Carrollwood event and there are a lot of perks that go along with it — including that volunteers have the opportunity to get in and shop before the store is open to the general public.

Besides that, there will be half-price sale days on Oct. 11-12.

“You can find anything you need at the show,” Lewis said. “There are going to be great bargains and they aren’t necessarily used clothes. We only take things that are in great shape and the rest goes to charity. If you get there early, you can find some really great stuff.”

Lewis said that for sure there will be another event next spring in Carrollwood as she looks to expand in the Tampa Bay area.

“I can still use some volunteers,” Lewis said.

For more information on the Rhea Lana’s Shopping Extravaganza, call (941) 724-1976.

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