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922 Front St.
Marietta, OH 45750

Children's Consignment Event in the Marietta, Ohio and Parkersburg, WV area. We accept gently used infant and kids clothing, toys, and accessories.

My Mommy Mart Blog

Space Issues

Molly Floding

We have been so fortunate at My Mommy Mart to have huge growth in the last 6 years of business. We went from using a small portion of the Jr. Fair Building during our first sale in Fall 2009.

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To searching for more space in Fall 2014:

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I have all the data from the past 11 sales so I can see what items have great sell-through and what items we need to eliminate.  Unfortunately, the two areas that stand out on poor sales are maternity and clothing for kids above a size 14.  Both areas sell less than 30% of the inventory, but take up lots of space.

Don't believe me? Here is the maternity section after the sale, just before we started sorting. 

Starting at the Spring 2015 sale, we will no longer be accepting maternity or children's clothing over a size 14.  Just a heads up - if bedding doesn't start selling better, it will be the next item we eliminate.  We continuously have to make adjustments like this based on the data we have from our previous sales.  

On the bright side, I'm hoping this will give us some space for sorting tables near the back of the building.  When I shop at the sale, I pick up lots of things that I need to really look at and I need a space to do it. I have heard several others say the same thing so this should help with some space issues.

Safety 1st?!

Molly Floding

Almost everyone wants to get stuff they aren’t using out of their house and it is a bonus when you make some money in the process of cleaning out.  There are several ways to get items out of your house:

1)Donate – I have already written a post about donations, so all I will say here is do your own  research on your chosen non-profit.

2)Pass on to friends – This works great until you would like to have a little money out of your outgrown items but you feel bad about charging friends for them.

3)Yard Sales – It’s hot, it’s cold, it’s raining, and nobody wants to pay the already low prices you have on your items because they have been watching too many episodes of Pawn Stars and American Pickers.  “This 3 piece Gymboree outfit that you have $6 on,” (never mind that you paid about $45 for the set)  “I’ll give you $1.50 for it.”  Ummmmmm, no thanks.  So by 1 pm you have sold a whopping $8 worth of clothes, you’re sunburnt, wet, or cold, irritated by the audacity of the offers you have received, and now you have to pack it all up and figure out what to do with it until next year. 

4)Consignment Stores –, Typically these resale shops will give you anywhere from 10-30% of their selling price on the items you take in. You had better be sure you only take in the sizes they need, in the styles and brands they want, otherwise you will be taking them back home or just desperate enough to take whatever money they offer you for them, that is if they are even buying items.  

5)Online Groups – This is my main focus.   I want you to think about what is truly involved in selling your items at meet-up locations. 

How to buy or sell your items through online groups and meet-up locations.

Join an area-wide online Facebook group. Post your item on the page with a photo and a price. Identify a buyer.  Then tell this person you don’t know:

1. Where you will meet them.

2. When you will meet them.

3. How much cash to bring or that you are bringing.

4.  What make, model, and color of car that each of you/they will be driving.

Wait a minute!  Is this the “don’t” example in a safety video?   How far are people willing to go to get a little extra cash?

We have all let down our guard with a false sense of online security.

Just because this person has a picture of a person with a nice smile on their FB profile means that they are a nice person right?  Really? There is no way to tell. Let’s procede to give all of our personal information, unconcerned and unaware of who can see it.

A “closed” Facebook group means that you have “join” to be in the group to see information, but hundreds, and often thousands, of people can be part of these groups.

First, we find out that the person has a ninja turtle costume for sale.

 Then we find out that someone else has cash & when they will be there with the cash.

So, we know the buyer has a child who is wearing 24 month clothing. Then, we find out that both the seller & the buyer have an older child who wears a size 7/8.

In the end, after all the information has been posted online, the transaction doesn’t even go through.

Anyone in this Facebook group can click on this transaction and see this information.  All this information, given to hundreds of people for a deal on a gently used costume, at the low price of $15!!!!

Both of these people have their Facebook profiles locked down, but yet, I was still easily able to get this much information about them. “Couldn’t happen to me”, you say… Are you sure? Have you kept up to date with all the policy changes on Facebook? Are you sure beyond a doubt that your personal information is 100% secure?  Are you sure that a little bit of minor investigative work in a few clicks won’t give up some very dangerous piece of information about you and your family?

My Mommy Mart is a safe alternative.

You may have a tight budget and you may need the extra cash. Fifteen dollars may help a little but is it truly worth it?

I completely understand it. My husband is into old BMX bikes and is always buying and selling bikes & parts.  He continually has to answer questions, deals with no-shows and trying to keep up with who has “seconds” if the first sale falls through.

Do you realize that you would spend a lot less time and make more money consigning your items? Our consignors to price their own items and in turn receive 70% of the sale price they set.   

You don’t even have to be there to sell your items. You set up a drop-off time and if you donate leftover items, you don’t even have to show up again. You can check your inventory during the sale to see how much you are earning. Our buyers have no idea who you are, where you live, or any information about your children – to them, you are only a number.

Most of our consignor checks are over $200, but that depends on the number of items you sell. I usually write at least 10 consignor checks for over $900! Oh & I mail checks out within a week of the sale closing.  You still have time to register and tag items for the next sale which, by the way,  will also allow you to shop the day before the sale is open to the public so you can find the items you need and want.  Volunteer and Consign and get in even earlier.   Here are the links, stay safe! 

To Consign your gently used items (minimum of 15 ) http://www.mmmsale.com/consignors/

To Volunteer:  http://www.mmmsale.com/volunteers/

 

 

Donations

Molly Floding

What do you think happens when you donate items you no longer use? I know we all have a limited amount of time & you probably can't imagine that your gently used, outgrown items would be worth the time & hassle of tagging. So, instead of making money back on those items, you just donate them to a local "non-profit" organization, right? Because you are sure they will immediately open the trash bag & be thrilled to receive those items.

Vienna, WV Goodwill Donation Room

Here is the reality of those donations:

- Only 10% of items donated are considered to be "good enough" to be placed on the sale floor. Most of these items are on the sales floor for less than 2 months.

- About 4.7 billion pounds of clothing are donated by Americans each year.

- Many, many items are shipped overseas to Africa & the second-hand clothing industry is destroying the textile industry there.

- Items not sold in the U.S. or shipped overseas are made into rags or insulation.

-Shannon Whitehead of (r)evolution apparel  http://goo.gl/gncFIe

 

Instead of donating your outgrown items to these large "non-profit" organizations, consider selling your items at My Mommy Mart.  But, is it worth the time? Here are some reviews from Facebook:

This was my first time consigning at this sale, but my second time shopping. I’ll definitely be consigning again! I had nothing but positive experiences, both with consigning and shopping.
— Heather M.
One word, FABULOUS! Buyers and sellers, great for both. Sell your gently used kid items and actually make some money without all the hassle of a yardsale! And go shop for your little ones and get great deals knowing it’s clean and organized!!
— Lori H.
Definitely 5 Stars! I have participated in the last several sales and love everything about it! It so great to sell my sons stuff, make a little $, buy even more stuff than I sell and even the volunteering is fun!
— Holly H.
I have been to the sale the past three years. It is a great place to buy gently used items and it’s a great opportunity for people to sell their items they don’t need anymore. It’s a one stop for all you kids needs. I love My Mommy Mart!!
— Deanna H.

To find out more information about what items we are accepting at our upcoming sale, please visit our webpage at  http://www.mmmsale.com/fallwinter/  Also, if you are wondering who receives donations left over from the sale, look no further than just down the road to Harmar Gospel Mission and local families with certain needs for children's items.

Car Seats

Molly Floding

We always get questions every season about our reasoning behind not accepting car seats.  It is simple:

1) I don't know where the car seat has been. We found this pile of kids items beside a donation center. Do you see the car seat? It is a newer model, in great condition, except it had been baking in the heat & wet from rain for a few days.

2) I don't know if everything attached to the car seat is in proper working condition. A fellow sale owner in Florida had a car seat inspector come in & she found that several car seats did not have all the working parts or they were put together incorrectly.

3) The safety of children is more important to me than any money. Period.