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August 9, 2013

‘Savvy Kids’ offers spin on mom-to-mom sales

Consignment sale coming to Warren Community Center Sept. 27-28

By Brian Louwers
C & G Staff Writer

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‘Savvy Kids’ offers spin on mom-to-mom sales
Savvy Kids Consignment Sales drew 42 vendors to a sale held at the Warren Community Center this spring. That was up from just 17 last fall. The next sale will be held Sept. 27-28 at the Warren Community Center.

WARREN — Why trash your kids’ gently used clothes, toys or household items when you can sit back and watch the cash roll in the easy way? In the worst-case scenario, you can even feel good about donating the stuff to charity if it doesn’t sell.

That’s the gist behind Savvy Kids Consignment Sales, right now a pop-up retail shop held twice a year in rented space at the Warren Community Center.

Jen Strawter, of Center Line, said she developed the concept after owning a children’s merchandise resale store for a while and by organizing the popular “mom-to-mom” sales at Warren’s Woodside Bible Church.

“Basically, I’m just like, there’s got to be a better way,” Strawter said. “I was at mom-to-mom sales myself and I was having a hard time finding what I was looking for. It was frustrating for me.”

At a traditional mom-to-mom sale, parents gather at individual tables they pay a fee to rent. They sell the stuff their family no longer needs as it grows — often at deep discounts on even name-brand merchandise — and at the same time, they shop for what the family needs next. Buyers typically pay a small admission fee to peruse the tables. The fee is a fundraiser for the host organization, while the sellers keep what they make.

Strawter said there are no admission fees for buyers at the Savvy Kids sales. Buyers roam for free in a space that’s more like a retail store, with items of the same type and size grouped together.

Sellers register through their website at www.savvykidsconsignment.com and list the items for sale. They set the prices themselves — suggested prices are available — and print price tags from home. Items are dropped off prior to the sale. Consignors later get a check for 70 percent of the sale price of sold merchandise, while Savvy Kids gets a cut that covers its overhead. Sellers also pay a $10 fee that’s deducted from their check.

Those who don’t have time to do their own tagging can opt to have Savvy Kids do it for them at an added expense, resulting in a 40/60 percent split of the cash from the sold items going back to the seller and Savvy Kids, respectively.

There’s an option to give what doesn’t sell to charity. Strawter said the group donated about $1,500 in merchandise last year to groups including Bethany Christian Services and Grace Centers of Hope.

What’s more, she said nonprofit groups are invited to register for the sale and to sell items donated to them. They raise funds by recouping 70 percent of the proceeds from their items that sell.

“It’s such a good community project that we love partnering with them on it,” Warren Parks and Recreation Director Henry Bowman said. “They’re trying to recruit charitable groups. Really, a majority of the money goes back to the groups.”

The sale will be held at the Warren Community Center, located at 5460 Arden, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 27 and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 28.

There will be a private preview of the sale for consignors only from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 26.

To register or for more information visit www.savvykidsconsignment.com or call (586) 335-2226.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Brian Louwers at brianlouwers@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1089.