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Thursday September 27th, 2012

Posted at 10:30am

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With leaves falling in the area, the arrival of one local organization’s big event isn’t far behind.

Taking place at the WFCU Centre (8787 McHugh Street)on Saturday, September 29, Mom2Mom’s (M2M) Fall sale will be full of deals and treats for everyone. The event features around 175 tables and spaces for gently-used children’s items, a bake sale and more.

While volunteers get some perks, the entry is still cheap if you want to get in on the action.

“The sale runs from 10:30am until 2pm and admission is $1,” said M2M-owner and event organizer, Lisa Payne. “At 9am we have a pre-sale for vendors and volunteers who have signed up to bake for our bake sale. We will be letting 20 people in at 9am, 20 at 9:30am and 20 more at 10am. These lucky shoppers will skip the line and shop before the sale opens to the public at 10:30am”.

In addition to gently-used items, 25 businesses and community organizations will be on hand. This includes home-based businesses selling handmade baby items, hair clips and accessories. Scentsy, Avon, Tupperware, Regal, Mary Kay, Stampin’ Up & Lia Sophia will also be attending for any moms looking to start their own home-based business with some assistance.

Children’s resale shops, Kid’s Cribs & Bibs and The Kid’s Stop, will be there with other businesses like Unique Books & Gifts, Highjinks Imaginarium and Media Wise Parents. Some community organizations includeLeeLee Hats, The Salvation Army Learning Corner, Jump 4 Fun, Headbands for SIDS and the Welcome Wagon.

As previously mentioned, the event still has something for those with a sweet tooth as well.

“Thanks to our volunteers and donations of baked goods we will have a bake sale at this event,” said Payne. Stacey is still organizing our bake sale all the way from Green Bay, Wisconsin. She still makes the trip, which is 10-hours each way, twice a year to run the bake sale. We are so blessed to have such a wonderful and dedicated volunteer.”

For those unfamiliar withM2M, it provides a place to connect with other parents online. Their website is also a location to share advice, find information about local resources and make friends in the area. Some people have formed sisters and book clubs but membership isn’t exclusive to moms either.

Profits from the sale will benefit these things and more.

“Funds go toward the cost of running the sale and advertising for the event,” said Payne. “A portion also goes toward running our website, volunteer rewards and Mom2Mom parties for members. Bake sale profits go towards Mom2Mom events like our Halloween & Christmas parties.”

The annual sale generally attracts 1,200-1,500 people. Last year’s event raised over $700 for M2M but Payne also hopes another organization will benefit from 2012’s festivities.

The Sunparlour Pregnancy & Resource Centre will be on hand to collect items for local families in need,” she said. “They are always in need of gently-used children’s items, diapers, formula, baby needs etc. Our generous shoppers and vendors usually donate two or three van loads at each sale.”

After the sale, M2M will plan its Halloween and Christmas parties for members. Spring sales will be announced before the end of the year and info for all events can be found on their website. Details about the organization itself, forums and an online newsletter are available to sign-up for too.

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