For many families, spring brings chores like sifting through children's clothing and clearing out attics and basements. Now residents have the opportunity to get the job done and make some extra money without the hassle of having a yard sale. Plus, they'll help raise money for a local children's charity.
CASA for Children is holding the first Mommy & Me Expo at Wheeling Park Ice Rink on Friday and Saturday, April 13-14. The event is essentially a giant yard sale. People can participate in one of three ways:
- Purchase a table to sell their own gently used toys and clothing - all children's sizes and maternity- keeping whatever money they make.
Photo by Betsy Bethel
Shelly Ernest, left, and Susan Harrison of CASA for Children Inc. display some of the toys and children’s clothing that will be for sale at the Mommy & Me Expo at Wheeling Park Ice Rink on Friday and Saturday, April 13-14. Area residents can support CASA by purchasing a table to sell their own gently used items (and keeping whatever money they make), donating items for CASA to sell, or attending the expo to purchase needed items for their families.
- Donate items for CASA to sell to benefit abused and neglected children in Ohio, Marshall, Wetzel and Tyler counties.
- Pay the small admission fee and shop.
Susan Harrison, executive director of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) in Moundsville, said she has been to similar expos in Pittsburgh and Washington, Pa., but there was nothing like it offered locally.
"I know I need to shed things out of my attic," she said. "We wanted to give women both a place to sell and a place to shop," she said.
As of last week, 40 tables had been purchased, but Harrison's goal is 100. In addition to people selling gently used items, some vendors will be selling new merchandise they have made, such as hair bows. Mary Kay, thirty-one and other direct-sales representatives will be on site, as well.
Harrison said other nonprofits, consignment shops or individuals raising money for Relay for Life or other team-oriented events also are welcome to set up tables.
Vendors will get the first chance to shop from 2-4 p.m. Friday. It is open to the public from 4-7 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
The mission of CASA for Children, according to its website, "is to promote and support quality volunteer representation for abused and neglected children in the state foster care system, in order to provide each child with a safe permanent nurturing home; to educate the community regarding its responsibility for abused and neglected children and to see to the best interests of the children we serve."
For information, call CASA at 304-810-0952.