Saving: Bargains galore at Charlestown sale

KIMBERTON, Pa.- Oct. 21, 2011

Marsha Diffenderfer isn't kidding when she describes the massive inventory of the Charlestown Sale, which started Friday morning at the Kimberton Fire House fairgrounds.

The consignment sale benefits the non-profit Charlestown Playhouse preschool. It's been been going on for about 65 years, but in the current economy, its popularity has grown with consigners looking to make money off their unused items and shoppers looking for fabulous deals.

At the sale, you can find jewelry, Christmas items, books, household items and furniture, including a full-size wood dining table on sale for $100.

Children's clothes and shoes are among the biggest sellers.

We found Rothschild dress coats for $5 and $6, a Gap sweater for $3.50, Pooh overalls -- new with tags -- for $5 and an outfit from Gymboree for $4.50.

The sale runs through Wednesday,Oct. 26, 2011, with new merchandise hitting the floor each day.

Committee Member Nancy McAvoy explains, "There is so much stuff now that you need to keep coming back. Because as shelf space become available we put more stuff out. Not everything is out (on the first day), there's no room for it."

On October 27-28, 2011, the sale is closed so that consigners who want to can pick up their unsold items. But then it re-opens on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011, for the 50/50 Day.

Diffenderfer explains, "If the original item was priced $5 and over, it sells for 50% off. If it was priced $4.99 and under, it'll be 50 cents."

For more information about the sale, including how to get there, click here.

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