By Sarah Corbin
Over the next several weeks parents in the Oak Park area will be fully engaged with our Spring kids resale season. Both Parenthesis and The West Suburban Moms of Multiples host large kids resales on the weekends of March 3rd (WSMOMS) and March 9-10 (Parenthesis).
Every year when these sales come up, I look at my big mound of hand me downs and hand me overs, the clothes the kids grew out of before they had the chance to wear the knees down even slightly and wonder why I am not getting in on the resale action. Why do those kids grow so fast? My now 4T son will not fit into his 2T shorts he was wearing last summer. My daughter has grown 2 inches this school year! I have been gathering clothes and the pile just keeps getting larger.
Lucky for me Parenthesis still has room for consignors and they have options to keep it convenient for families. If I have time to price my own items I get 50% of the selling price. The other 50% supports Parenthesis. I can also pay Parenthesis a small fee to price the items for me and I still receive 50% of the selling price. Yes you read that correctly, Parenthesis will tag those clothes for me. Of course the easiest option is just to donate all those clothes to Parenthesis.
Parenthesis is a local organization that benefits families in Oak Park, River Forest and Forest Park. Through 4 core programs they help to fulfill their mission "to strengthen family bonds and promote the development of parents and young children by affirming the parent/child relationship, improving parenting skills, and alleviating family isolation." Those 4 programs serve single parents and teen parents: generally they help families with a wide range of diverse needs. Donating my big pile of clothes to an organization that gives back to our community is a win win.
Now I just need to get all those clothes out of the basement and over there.
Drop off clothes at Parenthesis for donation or consignment:
Located at Euclid Avenue United Methodist Church
405 S. Euclid Ave, Oak Park
Tuesday March 6 10am-12pm, 1:30pm-3:30pm
Wednesday March 7 9:30am-12pm or 1:30pm-3:30pm
Thursday March 8 9:30am-12pm or 6:30pm-8:30pm
If you have questions about being a consignor for Parenthesis feel free to call 708-848-2227 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can check out their website for more information about the organization and resale too: www.parenthesis-info.org
Be sure to check back next week when I have more information about the sales and a bit more about the West Suburban Moms of Multiples. That organization is a group of movers and shakers and givers. I have been impressed with how Parenthesis and the WSMOMs have worked together to help make both sales stronger and efficient and consumer friendly.
To get more info now on the WSMOMS resale now go their facebook page: WSMOMSresale .