In a marketplace made especially for moms, more than 500 vendors of children's clothing, shoes, toys and furniture crammed a Burbank warehouse over the weekend for a huge consignment sale.
The event was hosted by L.A. Kids Consignment, which produces six shows a year, two each in Burbank, Santa Clarita and Pasadena. Leftover items are donated to Southern California charities, including Beyond Shelter and the Pregnancy Resource Center of the San Fernando Valley.
The three-day show of used and new goods drew thousands, especially with a 50%-off sale on Sunday.
"We had great traffic," said organizer Kristin Nelson. "We've been doing this for six years, and this was the biggest one yet."
Colleen Casady of Burbank, who was one of the vendors, makes reusable sandwich and snack bags, using colorful designs on cotton with nylon linings.
She was inspired to launch the business when realizing how many baggies her own family used and tossed away.
"We flew through Ziplocs," she said.
Her products are handmade and usable for everything from edamame to gathering up hair bands scattered around the interior of a car, she said.
"The consignment fair is a great forum for my product," Casady said. "I was very successful. Kristin definitely has a market on mothers and babies and what they need."
Casady learned about the show a few years ago, when she went to shop for her own children, now 3 and 4. The event has another benefit: "It's a great way to meet other moms," she said.
For information on the next show, visit http://www.lakidsconsignment.com. For information on Colleen Casady Baggies, visit http://www.colleencasadybaggies.com.