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Parenthesis Goes Digital to Make Selling Kids' Clothes a Snap

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Nearly every family with young children faces the problem of what to do with all those outgrown outfits, not to mention strollers and other gear. They should be worth something – but pricing everything for a rummage sale takes so much time the operation often isn't worth it.

Families who sell through Parenthesis Family Center's Spring Consignment Sale have three options that minimize the chore and maximize returns:
• Sellers can price their own items through a new on-line system, www.myconsignmentmanager.com/parenthesis/
• drop off items to be priced by Parenthesis volunteers, or
• simply donate the items and take a tax deduction.

The group calls the choices “easy, easier and easiest.” Sellers who choose the “easy” self-price option will log onto a secure Web site and be able to print out bar-coded price tags for each item. Sellers who opt for the “easier” option, letting Parenthesis volunteers do the work, will not have to use the computer system. They simply drop off clothes to be priced, pay a $10.00 pricing fee, and later receive a check for their share of the proceeds. This means a huge time savings for parents who want to participate in the sale that has been helping local families turn outgrown clothes into cash for 15 years.

“Giving our sellers the option of pricing at home, using a computer and printer,
or taking advantage of the low-cost pricing service makes participating in the
Parenthesis Spring Sale incredibly easy,” said executive director Kathy Kern.

Sellers choosing the easy or easier methods receive 50 percent of the proceeds from all their items that sell. The other 50 percent helps support Parenthesis programming. Families are also welcome to simply donate clothes and other items so that 100 percent of the proceeds can support Parenthesis' mission.

With the help of Kellie Scott, owner of Oak Park's new high-end women’s consignment boutique, TRENDS, Parenthesis has reorganized its Consignment Sale. The new way of pricing is meant to attract more sellers of quality, gently used clothing; the new electronic pricing and checkout system is meant to provide ease of shopping.
“At TRENDS we have had many of our consignors and customers ask about
selling infant, children’s and maternity wear,” Scott said. “We are happy to
provide guidance and support to Parenthesis as they provide the
community with this valuable service.”
For this spring sale, Parenthesis has also partnered with Mothers of Multiples who have successfully used the new system for their sales and have shared their experiences and equipment with sale organizers.

Participating in the consignment sale is a great way to help Parenthesis fulfill its mission to serve families with young children. For 32 years, Parenthesis mission has been 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. Parenthesis Family Center provides a wide range of parenting education and coaching, counseling, respite, and case management services focused on building strong families.
Parenthesis delivers its mission through four core programs:
• Morning Family Drop in serves families living in communities throughout the near western suburbs
• Parenteen serves teens, their children and their parents.
• Mothering On Our Own serves single parents
• Family Wrap serves a wide range of families with diverse needs

In this economy we have seen a resurgence of eco-minded community-oriented thinking. Parenthesis’ mission and its consignment sale dovetail nicely with this renewed eco-consciousness. Spring cleaning is a great time to identify clothes and gear that are no longer being used and to turn that clutter into cash.

PARENTHESIS FAMILY CENTER SPRING CONSIGNMENT

WHAT: Gently used spring and summer children's clothing, sizes newborn to 16, plus maternity wear, as well as equipment items such as strollers, swings, bouncy seats, and baby carriers. Due to safety regulations, we are unable to accept cribs and car seats.

WHEN: To sign up as a seller, email Sue Schreck at sschreck@parenthesis-info.org and indicate whether you plan to price at home or use the pricing service. You'll receive instructions by email.

Clothing can be dropped off during the following sessions:
Tuesday March 6th, 10 am-noon or 1:30-3:30 pm.
Wednesday, March 7th, 9:30am-noon, or 1:30-3:3pm, or 6:30 -8:30pm.
Thursday, March 8th, 9:30am to noon, or 6:30-8:30pm.

WHERE: Instructions can be picked up and items dropped off at:
Parenthesis Family Center
Euclid Avenue United Methodist Church
405 S. Euclid Ave.
Oak Park

CONTACT: For pricing kits, general questions, or to schedule a pick-up, call or email Sue Schreck
(708)848-2227, sschreck@parenthesis-info.org

ABOUT PARENTHESIS FAMILY CENTER

Parenthesis Family Center provides a wide range of parenting education and coaching, counseling, respite, and case management services focused on building strong families. For 31 years, Parenthesis has been upholding its 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. Parenthesis delivers its mission through four core programs:
• Morning Family Drop in serves families living in communities throughout the near western suburbs
• Parenteen serves teens, their children and their parents.
• Mothering On Our Own serves single parents
• Family Wrap serves a wide range of families with diverse needs
Parenthesis is located in the Euclid Avenue United Methodist Church in Oak Park. Learn more at www.parenthesis-info.org.

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