‘Whale of a Sale’ returns to Indiana State Fairgrounds

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By Scott Jones

INDIANAPOLIS (Sept. 4, 2014) – This year’s Whale of a Sale will be massive!

You'll find it in the Agriculture/Horticulture building at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Public sale hours are Thursday, Sept. 4 from 4–8 p.m.; Friday, Sept. 5 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 6 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

It’s double the size of the last event in Carmel, covering almost 50,000 square feet!

“This is a huge children's clothing consignment event. It’s the biggest in the state. And we are getting ready for a huge week at the state fairgrounds,” said Courtney O’Neil, founder of Whale of a Sale.

This year there will be 60,000 items, many of them clothes for kids ranging from baby to teen items.

That’s not all you’ll find.

“We have great sporting equipment too. If you're looking for tennis racquets, baseball bats, roller skates or Barbie dolls, there’s something for everyone,” said Sandi Ginn, floor director for Whale of a Sale.

Sandi also buys and sells items at the consignment, just like anyone can do.

“I also make a lot of money selling my daughter’s clothes. I probably average about $1,000 from each sale, so it's a great turn around on my money,” said Ginn.

If you're worried about the quality of the merchandise, most of the items for sale are like new, and all of it is checked out in advance of the sale.

“We have about 500 vendors and we will be screening their items as they come in, so we make sure they are in great shape. And then we put the items on our highly organized sales floor so you can go right to what you are looking for,” said Courtney.

If you're looking for great deals, expect up to 75 percent off retail. To get the best deals on the best stuff, you may want to show up sooner rather than later. But if you come late, there's also an advantage.

“We have a half-price day on Saturday. So, if it's still here there's a good chance it's half price. So a lot of people like to come twice,” Courtney said. “They'll come Thursday or Friday and then swing back through on Saturday for anything they might have missed.”

Admission is free. Parking at the Fairgrounds costs $5.

Expect at least 5,000 shoppers for the three-day sale that runs through Saturday. For more information, visit the Whale of a Sale website.