Back-to-school shopping can cost an arm and a leg, but thousands of shoppers are hitting a consignment sale in Mesquite this weekend for a chance to make their dollars go farther.
Parents hunting for a bargain rolled into Mesquite's Exhibit Hall for the JBF Dallas/Mesquite Back to School Sale. Clothes, shoes and toys were 50 to 90 percent cheaper than their original cost.
"I've probably saved maybe $300 $400," said Rachel Maness, a mother of four. "It makes a tremendous difference in the savings that we can make as a family, definitely put money on savings that we would be spending."
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In the sale's 10th year, organizers hope to give 6,000 shoppers a second-hand chance to make every penny count. All the clothes have been carefully inspected before they hit the shelves.
"In this economy, I think every mom is looking for ways to save money," Stacey Losher said. "Raising kids is really expensive. They outgrow things really fast, so it's a great way for parents to save on the next season."
Krista Mixon has been coming to the sale for four years and she also sells some of her children's stuff.
"It's definitely worth it," she said. "I find awesome deals. Yesterday I found a pair of shoes -- 80 bucks -- I found them for $7.50."
A portion of the sales goes back into the hands of a 1,000 local moms and the Buckner Children's Home.
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