An Arkansas mother bought all of the shoes from a closing Payless ShoeSource store to give to children in need before the school year begins.
Carrie Jernigan, a mother of three, told Fox News she bought nearly 1,500 pairs of shoes. She never revealed how much she paid for out of pockets but she saved $21,000!
The buyout took place in May after Jernigan’s oldest daughter asked to buy a pair of Avenger shoes for her classmate during a shopping trip that was initially intended to buy shoes for Jernigan’s children, she said.
Jernigan said as she was checking out, "I jokingly said to the clerk, 'How much would it cost to buy the rest of the shoes in here?' Next thing I know a regional manager is on the phone asking me if I seriously want the whole store," she wrote on her Facebook page last Monday.
She went on to write, "12 hours, 95 big boxes, a huge trailer and approximately 1500 pairs of shoes later these 3 excited kids got to buy out the store."
In another Facebook post on Saturday, Jernigan wrote, "I have received probably 200 messages from just local moms and dads telling me they are coming to get shoes and will get there as early as they can to [sic] make sure they get a pair."