WESTMINSTER - Every year, teachers spend their own money to make sure their classrooms have the right supplies to start the school year. This year, they are getting a little help from themselves.
"The sale is to help reduce the rising out-of-pocket expenses of teachers across Colorado," said Gwen Vann, coordinator of the Teacher 2 Teacher Consignment Sale.
She is a 30-year veteran of the classroom now retired. Vann is now the owner of the Teachers 2 Teacher Educators Consignment Sale.
"Resale is the ultimate in recycling," Vann said.
She says she came up with idea after realizing how much stuff she accumulated over the years after retiring.
"It took two truckloads to get all my kindergarten materials to my home," Vann said.
Vann says nationwide teachers spend $1.6 billion per year out of their own pockets. She says the first Annual Teacher 2 Teacher Consignment Sale will allow teachers to find supplies up to 80 percent lower than typical retail prices while making a little money for teachers selling supplies.
"It is a win-win situation," Vann said. "Teachers helping teachers."
Jessica King is a pre-school teacher on the hunt for a good bargain. She says she saved a lot of money.
"This is awesome because some of us don't make that much money, so we can't afford to pay full price for this stuff," King said. "To be able to get it cheap and still have it look cool and be in nice shape."
Retired teachers, teachers who changed levels, or those who changed jobs contributed gently used supplies for this sale, according to Vann.
"We have so many teachers who have garages and basements and storages filled with materials," Vann said.
The sale is located at Front Range Community College in Westminster located at 3645 W. 112th Ave. The sale starts Friday at 9 a.m and will go through 1 p.m. Sunday.
"We just want to make sure that affordable materials get into the hands of those that are educating our kids," Vann said.
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