Sarah Robinson | Times-Journal Looking for a deal: Shoppers filled Old National Guard Armory Thursday night at the special Little Lamb Consignment Sale. For an admission fee of $5, shoppers were allow to purchase items. The proceeds from the entry fees went to Wannabe Rescue program, which pairs pet lovers with abandoned animals.
Sarah Robinson | Times-Journal
Looking for a deal: Shoppers filled Old National Guard Armory Thursday night at the special Little Lamb Consignment Sale. For an admission fee of $5, shoppers were allow to purchase items. The proceeds from the entry fees went to Wannabe Rescue program, which pairs pet lovers with abandoned animals.

Semi-annual charity sale ends Saturday

Published 7:00pm Friday, April 4, 2014

Eager shoppers poured into Old National Guard Armory Thursday for Little Lamb’s special consignment sale. 

Hundreds of people swarmed around the building searching for deals on thousands of items, mostly for children, offered at the special semi-annual charity consignment sale.

The organization, which is comprised of Elkdale Baptist Church members who host community service events, scheduled two additional sales for Friday and Saturday with plans to donate 25 percent of those proceeds to local charities.

“It supports our community,” Little Lamb chairwoman Claire Gibbs said about the sale. “We get to give donations to different foundations in Selma and help the shoppers out.”

After the sales end, the organization will decide which local charities will receive a portion of the donations.

Thursday evening started with all 100 sellers and sponsors having the chance to enjoy an exclusive access to the items at 6:30 p.m. before the public entered the building at 7:15 p.m.

During that time, several community members lined at the door, ready for their turn to shop.

Whether it’s the attraction of the great deals, the fact a portion of the proceeds benefits a local organization or both, several shoppers admitted to an urge to participate in the sales regularly.

For four years, Montgomery resident Katie Collins has traveled to Selma to take advantage of the sale.

“I can’t afford to buy my children the really good clothes for the prizes in a retail store, so I come here,” Collins, a mother of two daughters, said.

Selma mother Shayann Davis said it’s the combination of being able to purchase quality items for an inexpensive price and the chance to help the community that motivates her to join the other shoppers.

“These are like the biggest deals of the year, so I like to stock up as much as I can, because baby clothes are so expensive,” Davis said.

Since Little Lamb began in 1998, it has generated $90,080 in donations for local charities, such as Alabama Teen Challenge, Selma Area Food Bank, the Journey School, the Salvation Army and others.

Gibbs said the store is hoping to raise that total to $100,000 by the end of the spring sale.

Saturday’s sale begins at 8 a.m.

For more information, contact Gibbs at littlelambselmaal@yahoo.com or call 267-2392.

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