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Children's Playhouse offers bargains this weekend



Article Published: Oct. 22, 2009 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011

The Children's Playhouse, the High Country's only nonprofit children's museum, will sponsor its annual Consignment and Rummage sale Oct. 23-25 at the Boone Mall.

"This will be a huge sale," said organizer and Playhouse board member Jennefer Spell. "We are so grateful to the Boone Mall for donating this space and to JC Penney for letting us use their fixtures."

She said that "cash-strapped families were going to find some great bargains on kids' clothes and gear, as well as some wonderful household items."

The sale will be located next to JC Penney.

Donations have been pouring in, said Playhouse executive director Kathy Parham, and consigners will bring items that are nearly new or may even still have tags for about a quarter of the retail price or less.

Rummage items are generally a dollar and have all been sorted to ensure quality and value, Spell said.

Folks wanting the best deals will want to hit the "Early Bird Sale" from 8:30 to 10 a.m. on Friday, but they'll pay $5 for a "hunting license," she said.

After 10 a.m., admission is free, and Sunday afternoon will offer a half price sale on all remaining items.

Sale hours will be as follows: Early Bird Sale, $5 admission, 8:30 a.m.-10 a.m. Friday; regular sale, free admission, 10 a.m. 1 p.m. Friday and 4 to 7 p.m. Friday; and 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday; and half-price sale from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Sunday.

The Children's Playhouse, situated at 400 Tracy Circle near downtown Boone, provides children from birth to age 8 with an enriching play environment, while at the same time offering their parents friendly support in the important job of raising children, according to Parham.

Stimulating arts- and science-based programs, enticing play areas and exhibits and informative parenting resources all support this mission, she said.

At $125, a Playhouse Passport membership gets a whole family into not only The Children's Playhouse for a year, but also 150 other children's museums around the country, including facilities in Winston-Salem, Greensboro and Raleigh.

Admission to the Children's Playhouse is $5 per person for unlimited open play.

The museum offers free memberships to low-income families and to agencies providing services to children with special needs. Requests for such scholarships increased by 65 percent last fiscal year to a high of 53 families.

"It is sobering to process these (low-income) applications, knowing as I do that our United Way funding has been cut to just $1,000 this fiscal year, only enough for 10 families," Parham said, adding, "Luckily, individual donors are giving generously, ensuring that The Playhouse won't have to turn any families away. A $100 tax-deductible donation provides a year-long membership for a needy family."

The Children's Playhouse is supported in part by Watauga County, the town of Boone, and the High Country United Way.

Call (828) 263-0011 for more information, or click to http://www.goPlayhouse.org.

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