With baked goods and bargains aplenty, Mom2Mom’s (M2M) latest sale was a sweet success.
Held at the WFCU Centre’s leisure and sports gyms and Collivino hall, people lined-up from one end of the arena to the other in anticipation. When doors opened at 10:30 a.m., the area soon buzzed with traffic looking for deals and people socializing with others in the community.
Beating the rush however, some lucky shoppers also gained early access to the M2M sale.
“There were a few ways to get early entry,” said Lisa Payne, organizer of the September 17 event. “If you registerd to donate to the bake sale or volunteered, you got in at 9 a.m. We had a contest in our e-newsletter, we let 10 shoppers plus a guest in at 9 a.m., 9:30, and 10:00. We also had a contest on Facebook, 25 shoppers and a guest got in 1 hour early. Of course sellers and their helpers were allowed to shop before the sale opened to the public as well.”
In total, 154 tables showcased gently used clothing, various children’s items and other services. By the time the sale finished at 2 p.m., over 1,400 people had their hand stamped and paid $1 to gain access to the event. Money raised went towards hall rental, advertizing costs, running M2M.com and volunteer rewards – a small price to pay for such variety.
Out of the available spaces in the jam-packed venue, 35 businesses and community organizations took part in the festivities. Those attending included The Cookie Mama, Sew My Gosh, Pixie Glitz, Amherstburg Food & Fellowship Mission, Windsor-Essex County Health Unit – Mothers Supporting Mothers and Riverfront Theatre Co.
As if that weren’t enough, those braving the crowds could also reward themselves with a treat. A bake sale planned by an M2M member in Wisconsin provided plenty of goodies to choose from. Raising $325, these profits will go towards events like Halloween and Christmas parties for the group.
With the latest event in the books, M2M isn’t resting on its laurels either. On October 29, the organization will branch out into the county and debut a new sale at the Kinsmen Recreation Complex in Leamington. Payne also remains grateful for volunteers, friends, family and everyone who helps M2M’s continued success.
“I would like to thank everyone who helps to make the Mom2Mom sales a success,” she said. “That includes volunteers, vendors, shoppers and everyone (including WindsoriteDOTca) that help us to promote our sales.”