My Mommy Mart open to everyone

MARIETTA – A person doesn’t have to be a parent to shop at My Mommy Mart, the twice-yearly children’s clothing and more consignment event at the Washington County Fairgrounds.

“I love a good deal,” said Lindsey Lynch, 23, of Williamstown. “I don’t have children, but I buy for my niece.”

Lynch is among a group of volunteers who help stock racks, shelves and tables with clothing from size newborn through 16 and a host of other items, including toys, books, movies and video games. They also ring up customers’ purchases at the event, going on through Sunday in the junior fair building. In exchange for their service, they get first crack at the deals the day before a “sneak peek” sale where the proceeds from $10 tickets go to charity.

They also get to have fun.

“A lot of them, they have become friends,” said Williamstown resident Molly Floding, who owns and operates My Mommy Mart with her husband, Jason. “This is their chance to hang out and talk and find out how each other’s families are doing.”

The Flodings started My Mommy Mart in 2009 with 26 consignors. The current sale, which began with Thursday’s sneak peek, drew 215.

“So far, it increases every time,” Floding said.

The event continues 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday.

That growth makes for some long days getting ready for the sale.

“This is the first time I think I’ve sat down in four or five days,” Floding said Friday afternoon.

Shoppers on Friday afternoon were a mixture of newcomers and returning customers.

“I got all the necessities for a newborn,” said Karissa Bonnette, 22, of Waterford, who was pregnant with daughter Ryleigh last year when she came to My Mommy Mart for the first time. “This year, I’m getting mostly toys for Ryleigh.”

She also picked up a winter coat for her daughter at a good price.

“It’s only $3, name brand,” Bonnette said.

Marietta resident Kayla Higgs, 23, was overwhelmed by the items available.

“I just don’t know where to start, they have so much stuff,” she said. “They pretty much have everything, anything you could possibly think of.”

Marietta resident Mandy Stevens bought ballet clothes for her 5-year-old daughter at the sale last year. This time, she came with her 3-year-old, Lydia, and friend Angie Davis, 31, of Lubeck.

“Everything’s clean. Prices are good. Everything’s very well organized,” Stevens said.

Volunteer Megan Craig, 38, of Marietta, said Floding is very particular about the items that are included for sale, weeding out things that are stained or not in good condition. She consigns items but also enjoys seeing what deals people discover at the sale.

“I like working up here because I get to see everybody get so thrilled with what they find,” she said.

There is no charge for admission to the sale. On Sunday, many items are offered at reduced prices.