By Jamie Brewer
Ingham County Chronicle
MASON, Michigan– On Saturday March 21 families went to the Ingham County Fairgrounds in Mason, Michigan from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to buy and sell used children’s clothes, movies, toys and other secondhand items.
This year’s sale attracted 1,600 shoppers, 180 tables, 45 racks, 25 large booths and 249 large items with a $2 ticket price at the door.
Amanda Vaness sold 9-month to 14-month boy clothes at the sale. This is Vaness’ fifth year returning to sell items.
“I’m here because we always sell everything out. We do really well,” Vaness said.
Returning vendor Jessica Gross has made $200 to $700 selling hand-me-down boy’s and girl’s clothes.
The most popular items at the sales are large items such as furniture or larger toys such as wagons or slides, according to coordinator Brenda Batson.
Batson has been a Mom to Mom sale coordinator in the greater Lansing area and Flint for seven years.
“Realizing I could help someone not only purchase nice items at a reasonable cost but more importantly allowing those selling to enhance their family incomes was a win-win,” Batson said.
Adrianna Hettfield came with her pregnant sister for the first time and purchased a pack ‘n’ play for the expected baby.
“It’s an interesting experience for sure,” Hettfield said.
Mom to Mom sales originated in the early 1990s in the metro Detroit area.
The sales have been such a success because they offer parents the opportunity to save money on clothing and toys children will quickly grow out of. The pricing on the items is usually significantly less than purchasing them at retail pricing, according to Batson.
“The joy of seeing a pregnant mom or new family purchase something they had dreamt about is such a reward,” Batson said.
The next Mom to Mom sale will be at The Summit Sports and Ice Complex in Dimondale, Michigan May 2 and is expected to have 250 tables, 80 racks and 30 large booths with 1,100 to 1,500 shoppers.