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My Mommy Mart Blog

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 )

To Volunteer: