MARIETTA - My Mommy Mart gives residents the chance to make money from children's clothing and other items they no longer need, but it also is an opportunity to restock.
"Sometimes you even out, but that's OK, at least you even out," laughed Lowell resident Peggy Barker.
Barker, 44, was one of several volunteers helping to set up the latest edition of the bi-annual consignment event in the junior fair building at the Washington County Fairgrounds Wednesday. In return for their help, volunteers got to shop early Wednesday, before the public sale today through Sunday.
Photo by Evan Bevins
Five-year-old Kellen Miller, left, looks at toys set out for the My Mommy Mart sale in the junior fair building at the Washington County Fairgrounds Wednesday with his mother, Annika, and sister, Alexa.
Owned and run by Williamstown residents Molly and Jason Floding, My Mommy Mart has grown from 26 consignors in August 2009 to 175 this time around.
"Our first three sales, we didn't even make it halfway through the 12,000-square-foot building. And now we're rearranging ... to make sure everything fits," Molly Floding said.
She attributes the enterprise's continued growth to people's desire to find less expensive, quality clothing and other items for their children while also making money on things they don't need anymore.
"We try to offer them a nice way to recycle their toys at a little more than yard sale prices," Floding said.
In addition to children's clothing up to size 16, the sale includes toys, games, DVDs, baby equipment and more. Consignors pay $10 to register and then receive 70 percent of the selling price for their items. Items must be like new or gently used.
"We pull out stuff that has stains on it or broken zippers, missing buttons, stuff that has been 'too loved,'" Floding said.
Marietta resident Annika Miller, 32, knows the Flodings through church and has volunteered at My Mommy Mart for three years to get first crack at the sale items.
"This is where I get all of my kids' clothes," she said. "I decided to consign this year just because it's so easy to do it. You just put the tags on stuff, and they do everything else."
Barker said she prefers consigning at My Mommy Mart to the effort of putting on a yard sale. She also appreciates the chance to acquire quality clothes for her children at a good price and simply enjoys working with Floding and other volunteers.
"There's a lot of us that volunteer every sale, and we've got a lot of camaraderie," Barker said.
There's no admission charge for the public sale, which gets under way this morning. Proceeds will benefit women and children's charities like the Latrobe Street Mission in Parkersburg and the Women's Care Center. The sale wraps up Sunday, when many items will be offered for half-price.
More information about consigning or volunteering is available online at www.mymommymart.com. The fall sale is slated for Sept. 27-29.