KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Every year hundreds are up before the sun to save some money.
It's the big annual consignment sale, Duck-Duck-Goose, and it kicks off Thursday morning.
Josh Williams said, "On a scale of 1 to 10, I'd put it at 20." He is a dedicated dad who volunteers to work the sale, just to get in the doors a day early.
Josh said, "It's kind of tradition. I've been coming out here the past 3 years, hanging out with the same people, kind of comradery and a tradition."
He is shopping a week earlier than expected.
One of the organizers, Courtney Ibach, explained, "The dates changed because the new occupants want the building on October 1st."
The sale is in the old Goody's warehouse off Parkside Drive in West Knoxville.
Courtney was worried the date change would keep some sellers away, but she said, "We are not down in stock at all. I actually feel like we have more stock. It's been amazing."
It started 8 years ago, basically as a yard sale with 30 moms. Now, you can shop for gently used items from about 2,500 families.
Shopper Kinzey Sunderlind said, "There's a lot and it's really overwhelming the first time I did, I told my mom I was never doing it again." But, now you'll find her and her mom at every event. In fact, they volunteer to work, just so they can get in the doors a day early.
Kinzey said, "I am in college. I'm a single mom, I've got a 3 year old. I don't have thousands of dollars just to go and spend."
If you're going to check it out, Courtney recommends doing what the regulars do, "And what they run to first is typically the big stuff, like they wanted that power-wheel, or they want that baby swing," she said.
The big ticket items go fast, and after that you should shop the nearly 2-miles of clothes racks.
Kinzey said, "You want to make sure you're looking for the deals and not just grabbing stuff because you think it's cute."
She has a list to keep her focused on what she really needs. "It's how many pairs of pants you want in a size, shirts, I mean it's detailed," she said.
They had massive piles of stuff, but they don't expect to actually spend a penny, because Kinzey is also a consignor. "Everything that we bought will go back into the Spring sale for next year, and we make the money that we spend. We've actually been breaking even every year," she said.
So you can basically trade up for the next round of clothes, shoes, and toys for your kid.
The hours are 10 to 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Somethings on Saturday will be half off.