Rain can't dampen spirits at consignment sale


High Point – A recent rainy Friday night found a long line forming in front of a red brick building at 1024 Porter Street.  Many of the ladies in line held an umbrella in one hand and an empty laundry basket in the other.


It was time for WeeRuns.


No, WeeRuns is not a race for children.  Ask almost any young mother in High Point.  They all know about WeeRuns, a consignment sale of children’s clothing, toys, maternity clothes.  The August sale is the biggest sale of the year.  Another sale is held in the spring.


Deana (sic) Belk was teaching at High Point Central High School 10 years ago when her first child was born.  She wanted to start a business that would allow her to stay home with the baby.  She remembered her sister-in-law, who lived in Nashville, telling her about a consignment store for children’s clothes that was doing very well.  Belk thought this might be the answer.


The first WeeRuns was held 11 years ago in a rented store at the former Westchester Mall.  After packing up items and storing them in her home, Belk discovered the building at Porter Street, which meant the items could be sold and stored with new items coming in during August and in the spring.  At this 21st sale, spaces were available for almost 500 consignees.


Krista Valada of High Point explained how the shop works.  She always sells some baby items that her children have outgrown.  Each participant is responsible for taking their items, putting them on the shelf and pricing them.  The consignor’s profit from the sale is 60 percent.


Another advantage to being a seller or a volunteer is getting to go to the presale before items are picked over.  Many of the items are like new, and some even have store tags on them.  The WeeRuns Web (sic) site says:  “Sell only items of high quality.  A good guide is to bring only items that you would consider buying yourself.”


On the night of the presale, the line started to form early.  Susie Benfield was the first in line.  She was shopping for her grandchild, Christopher, who is now 10 months old.  Benfield was looking for winter clothes and toys.  This was her second time at a WeeRuns sale.  “WeeRuns is a good way to save money and get quality items.”


Rebecca Davis and daughter Christy Kimball were looking for a kitchen play set for Kimberly’s 2 ½ year-old daughter.


Annette Eaton was at the sale for the third year.  She has been pleased with the items she has purchased.


Shannon Smith, Lisa Fowler, and Shannon Fowler were shopping for clothes and had their laundry baskets ready.


Amber Richard was looking at fall clothing and toys for her 20-month-old daughter.  “I like the price and selection,” she said.


Another shopper, Betty Lett, agreed with Richard that quality and price were her reasons for attending the sale for the fourth time.


Betty Stevens of Trinity was at the sale for the first time.  “I heard the clothes and toys were very good quality, so I decided to check it out.”


Recently WeeRuns started HomeRuns to sell finer household items.  HomeRuns’ first sale is Sept. 25.


Deana (sic) Belk says, “I enjoy seeing the children of consignors grow.  WeeRuns is a cooperative effort.  We feel that we help by recycling items and providing a needed income for families.  This means a family’s money can be spent on something important like a vacation or a college education.”


At the last sale in High Point, the average check paid out to consignors was $151; the highest was $1,232.90.


For more information, visit www.WeeRuns.com.


(Kathy Johnson, a retired educator, has lived in High Point for nearly 30 years.  If you have news of an event, send email to her at kjohnson1016@yahoo.com)


Reprinted from September 5, 2004 edition of the Greensboro News & Record, page R4.