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Playhouse Baby Fair toddles to town April 16-17

Article Published: Apr. 15, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011

Did last week's warm weather prompt you to pull out the kids' summer togs, only to find that, oops, that cute T-shirt dress from last year is now on a halter top?

The annual spring Playhouse Consignment Sale and Baby Fair will allow you to update everyone's wardrobes for a song, while also enjoying food, samples, dancing demonstrations, parenting information, kids' activities, air walk, and more.

All activities will take place on Friday and Saturday, April 16-17, at the National Guard Armory, located on Hunting Hills Lane in Boone, across from the Watauga County Swim Complex.

Donations of clothes, furniture, toys and more have been pouring into the armory, as volunteers set up this annual sale. "The consignment side features high quality, nearly new clothes, household items and more, while the rummage side always offers incredible deals," said Playhouse executive director Kathy Parham.

Those folks wanting first crack at the good stuff will want to check out the Early Bird Sale on Friday, April 16, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will have to pay a $5 "hunting license" admission fee.

Admission is free for Saturday's Baby Fair.

Held from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 17, at the National Guard Armory, the Baby Fair will have a half-price sale from noon-1 p.m.

Saturday's Baby Fair will feature not only bargains, but also amazing giveaways to help families, Parham said.

Tammy Nelson of Watauga County SafeKIDS will be providing free booster seats and information on car seat safety. Earth Fare will be offering baby food and snack samples, while pediatric dentists Drs. Mayhew, Conn, Scheffler, and Hardaway will offer toothbrushes and other items.

Health-care providers and businesses that serve families, including sponsors Blue Ridge Pediatrics, Harmony Center for Women's Health & Vitality and Boone Drug, will be on hand to chat with parents.

Kids will also be able to enjoy clogging and tap demonstrations by Appalachian Rhythm and Northwestern Dance Studios, plus the ever-popular air walk and art activities.

The fair will also feature a "Diaper Drive" benefitting the Children's Council of Watauga County.

"When folks bring in packages of disposable diapers to donate to the Children's Council's needy clients, we will give them 'Baby Fair Bucks,' which they can use to take money off their rummage purchases. or even to visit The Playhouse," Parham said.

All proceeds from the fair benefit The Children's Playhouse, a nonprofit children's museum and play space for families located in Boone.

Schedule of Events
? Early Bird Sale: 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, April 16, $5 admission. Sale quality clothes, toys, furniture, books, household items and more.
? Baby Fair & Sale: 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, April 17. Free admission. It features
kids' activities, food and dancing demonstrations. One-half price sale of remaining sale items starts at noon.

The Playhouse Baby Fair is sponsored by Blue Ridge Pediatrics; Adult and Child Orthodontists and Pediatric Dentists Drs. Mayhew, Scheffler, Hardaway, and Conn;
Boone Drug; Harmony Center for Women's Health and Vitality; and Northwestern Dance Studios.
Call 828-263-0011 for more information or click to

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

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