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Mom-to-Mom sale: Event cuts waste by reselling, reusing baby items

September 16, 2011
By JOHANNA BOYLE ( , Journal Ishpeming Bureau

MARQUETTE - Pregnancy, babies, toddlers - the beginning of a new life means a lot of changes and with those changes comes the need for a lot of new clothes and supplies for both mom and baby.

Saturday, moms -and dads - with young kids can save money and reuse through the Marquette Mom-to-Mom sale.

"They're so gently used," said organizer Jill Connin. "It's a nice way to get some extra use out of them."

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Shoppers browse tables at a Mom-to-Mom sale held earlier this year. The next sale, set for Saturday, gives area moms and families the chance to reuse gently used baby and toddler clothing and supplies, keeping used items from ending up in the landfill. (Photo courtesy of Jill Connin)

Saturday's is the fourth such sale Connin has organized, providing 20 sellers the opportunity to display clothing for mom and baby. One room at the sale is devoted to larger items like toys, car seats, baby tubs and high chairs.

The sale begins at 9 a.m. at the Silver Creek Church at 219 Silver Creek Road in Harvey and runs until noon. Admission is $1 per person, which will be donated to the Care Clinic in Marquette.

Because baby clothing, equipment and even maternity clothing is used for a relatively short amount of time, Connin said it makes sense to find a way to reuse those items.

"Babies go through clothes so fast, everything's practically brand new," she said. "A lot of people are used to buying the bigger things and throwing them out."

Having a way to reuse those items throughout the community reduces the need to manufacture new items and reduces the need to drive all the way across town to attend different garage sales, she said.

Connin said she got the idea to organize the sale after living downstate and shopping at a similar sale. When she moved back to Marquette County, she decided to organize her own.

"It's one-stop shopping. It's like 25 mini-garage sales," she said.

Shoppers are also asked to bring reusable shopping bags with them to carry home their purchases.

In previous sales, one held earlier this year and two in 2010, Connin said each drew around 300 people and raised over $500 each for the Care Clinic.

Johanna Boyle can be reached at 906-486-4401.



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