Thousands of good deals drew savvy shoppers to the TotSwap children's consignment event over the weekend.

Tables upon tables brimmed with electronic toys, books, dollhouses, CDs, DVDs, wooden puzzles, baby carriages, infant car seats and every kind of accessory. The event filled the Frederick Fairgrounds building that holds arts and crafts during The Great Frederick Fair.

Bicycles took up part of the floor, and toys were stuffed in the space underneath tables. Racks and racks of clothing in all sizes appealed to frugal shoppers, such as Courtney Elder.

Her toddler Paislynn checked out the mini kitchens, vanities and playhouses while her mother looked over clothing. One reason brought Elder and her family out.

"The deals on discount day," she said.

Rick Shay shopped for his nephew while his son and family walked the aisles looking at toys and clothing.

The last day of the three-day consignment event has everything at a deep discount, and what is left over can either go back to the consignor or hauled away to local charity, said Pam Hall, working at the event.

TotSwap checks all items for recall and quality before putting them up for sale, Hall said.

The goal is to "present good quality items for our shoppers. ... It's a great way to find things for your family" without paying top dollar, she said.

TotSwap has 12 events throughout the region, with two in Frederick. The schedule is online at

"We had a great sale weekend," Hall said. "I think people in the community see the value."

— Patti S. Borda


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