My Kids Closet is hosting “The Largest Consignment Sale in Western Montana” at the Interstate Building at the Ravalli County Fairgrounds, Oct. 20–22.

New owners Miranda Jenkins and Rhonda Dolcater have expanded the contents of the sale and are donating 20 percent of the early bird entrance fees to Emma’s House, the local child advocacy center in Hamilton.

“My Kids Closet has been around for six or seven years, but we just bought it so it is new for us to do it,” Dolcater said. “My daughter has been shopping there for a long time. It is huge.”

My Kids Closet has more than 33,000 high-quality, gently used children’s items like clothing, toys, cribs, changing tables, walkers, bouncers, juvenile furniture, books, homeschooling material, and dance wear.

“We’ve added a women’s section with clothing, formal dresses, maternity, and purses,” Dolcater said. “If you’re tired of spending full price on name brand and nice clothing, and are looking for barely-used, quality goods, look no further. We have outstanding deals at 50 to 90 percent off retail prices.”

More than 10 consignors tag their clothes and bring them for sale. Each item is inspected for quality to confirm that all zippers work, all buttons are in place and there are no stains.

“It’s also not too late to sign up as a consignor, where you’ll have the opportunity to clean out your own closet and make a major profit,” Dolcater said. “We have scanners and it is quite a production for people to get their clothes in it, but they get their paycheck within two weeks after the sale. It works pretty smoothly.”

The biannual sale takes place in October and May with 400 shoppers at each sale. The presale for consignors and volunteers is 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 20, and the public sale is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21, with an early bird option at 9 a.m. for a $5 admission fee (with 20 percent going to Emma’s House). There is a half-off sale 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 22.

“When the sale is done, we also partner with schools in the Bitterroot Valley,” Dolcater said. “They can send a representative to the building on Sunday, so if they have kids in need they can pick up items for free that we haven’t sold before they go to donation. It’s a great sale, but also giving back to the community.”

Shoppers will also be asked if they would like to round-up their purchase to the nearest dollar on each sale as a donation to Emma’s House.

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