Second-hand uniform sale King’s busiest

Leo Tucker (13) proudly holds his new King’s High School uniform, helped by his father, Gordon....
Leo Tucker (13) proudly holds his new King’s High School uniform, helped by his father, Gordon. Photo: Peter McIntosh
Parents and school pupils swarmed to a second-hand uniform sale at King’s High School at the weekend on the busiest sale day in recent years.

Sale co-ordinator Jeanette Robinson Tromop said 40 parents had bought about 150 garments in the two-hour sale, the busiest since the school’s Parent Teachers and Students Association began running them five years ago.

Turnover was $2500, well up on $1500 at the previous PTSA sale last November, and also well ahead of the previous January sale.

The sale had built up momentum over the years, had gained positive word of mouth, and benefited from social media promotion, she said.

The King’s PTSA runs two annual sales, in January and November, but also sells at other times through the school year, by arrangement.

In the latest sales, the PTSA had gained $500 which would be used to support the school’s needs, and $2000 would be returned to parents who were selling the uniforms, she said.

It was "really great" for herself and three fellow PTSA volunteers that the sale had gone so well.

Among the sale visitors were Gordon Tucker and his son, Leo  (13), who will be a year 9 pupil at King’s this year.

Leo was "very excited" to have picked up his school uniform and be starting school this year.

Mr Tucker said his son loved school, enjoyed interacting with his friends and his studies, including in technology, but last year had had to take much  time off school, at Tahuna Normal Intermediate, because of glandular fever.

But Leo said he was now feeling much better and was keen "to have a good year at school".

Ms Robinson Tromop said the sales were win-win events for all concerned. Parents were gaining good quality uniforms at half the cost of new ones, and other parents were getting money back on garmentsno longer needed.

"We’re not pushing things that people don’t want. It’s useful stuff that everybody has to have."

"I do love meeting the new parents, and I love meeting people who are new to Dunedin, and welcoming them to the school as well," she said.

It had also been "really good" for the PTSA volunteers to be thanked by so many parents as they were leaving.

"That makes it really worthwhile."

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