Kidcycle Consignment Sale: Help Babies, Declutter, Save
Photo courtesy of Kidcycle
Do you need gently used children’s or maternity clothes, toys or kids furniture? Head to the Kidcycle Consignment Sale Oct. 9-11 at Northgate Mall in Durham? The sale also benefits the Diaper Bank of North Carolina, a nonprofit that works to ensure children living in poverty receive the diapers they need.
Originally a for-profit sale, Kidcycle’s Fall and Winter Sale is now a fundraiser for the Diaper Bank of North Carolina, and 100 percent of its proceeds go to the charity, providing thousands of diapers for local children in need.
Kidcycle was originally started by two moms as a way to recycle and save money, but over time their enterprise has gained a mission — helping babies by doing something basic — keeping their bottoms clean and dry. It seems to be a simple enough thing to do, but it’s not easy for everyone in our state, where 24 percent of children live in poverty. Low-income parents struggle to afford the expense of diapers, often having to put housing and food for their children first. Safety-net supplemental nutrition programs such as Women, Infants and Children (WIC) and food stamps do not cover the cost of diapers. In low-income families, a baby can spend a day or longer in the same diaper, which increases the risk of health problems including severe diaper rash and skin infections, and may be linked to an increased rate of hepatitis, according to The Diaper Bank.
In 2013, Kidscyle’s donation helped create the Diaper Bank of North Carolina, which has become known for its mission. Last year, when 13,000 diapers that were donated to Diaper Bank were stolen, word of the diaper heist spread all over the country and even overseas, and donations began flooding in from individuals and businesses.
Michelle Old, a co-founder of Kidcycle and the executive director of the Diaper Bank of North Carolina, was thrilled as she watched countless boxes of diapers arrive in the spontaneous outpouring of community help after the diaper theft. But the need for diapers is ever present, and this year’s Fall and Winter Sale has been expanded to be ready for more sellers. Old says organizers are prepared for it to be one of their biggest sales yet. Registration for consignors is now closed.
“Kidcycle’s Fall & Winter Sale represents a win-win for our community,” she says. “We are excited about the opportunity to help both our consignors and babies in need benefit from the sale’s success.”
This post was updated on Oct. 5, 2015, to reflect that consignment registration is closed on Oct. 4 for the Kidcycle sale.