Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Electronic Waste Recycling Event

The Pennsylvania Resource Council is hosting an electronic waste collection event on March 10 in Media, PA:

Free* Electronic Waste Recycling
Saturday March 10, 2012 10-3 pm
Granite Run Mall
1067 W. Baltimore Pike

Visit or call 610‐353‐1555 ext. 2222 for more information.

Shredding Events from ProShred

ProShred is hosting community shredding events in the Southeastern Pennsylvania area this spring. 

Saturday March 31, 2012
Whitemarsh Township 8AM – Noon
(2 shred trucks)
4021 Joshua Road
Lafayette Hill PA 19444

Saturday April 21, 2012
Amity Township Crime Watch 9AM – Noon
Redners Market
Rte 422 and Rte 662
Douglassville PA, 19518

Friends of the Easttown Library
Easttown Library 9 AM- Noon
720 First Ave
Berwyn PA 19312

Thrivent Financial for Lutherans 9 AM –Noon
2879 East High Street
Pottstown PA 19464

Saturday April 28, 2012
Building a Better Boyertown 10AM – Noon
AT Boyertown Community Park
South Madison Street
Boyertown PA 19512

Representative Duane Milne 9AM – 1PM
Penn State Great Valley Campus
30 E. Swedesford Road
Malvern PA 19355

Prudential Fox and Roach 10AM - Noon
1600 N. Bethlehem Pike
Lower Gwynedd PA 19002

Saturday May 5, 2012
Sanatoga Ridge Community 9AM - Noon
at Beulah Land Park
2675 E. High Street
Pottstown PA 19464

See for more information.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

A How-to for Rummage and Consignment Sales for Children's Items

I admit it, I love rummage sales. Although my lifestyle leans towards minimalism, I just can't resist a good deal on the children's items that I need to buy anyway. At one recent sale, I bought new Crocs for $8, a Baby Bjorn potty for $5, and a car seat for $5.

Shopping Tips

If it's your first time at a sale, or if you're just looking for some ways to make the experience easier, here are some tips. 

1. Arrange a babysitter. It's logistically, physically, and emotionally difficult to shop these sales with toddlers and young children. The selection of toys is just too tempting for them! (A sale would make a mint by offering a babysitting room for ten dollars a kid!)

2. Make a list of exactly what you are looking for. Include items and sizes. If possible, prioritize your list by need to help decide where to go first.

3. Bring a bag. A large shopping bag will work. The big IKEA bags are great. I've even seen people carrying laundry baskets, plastic bins, or rolling suitcases!

4. Start with the hardest items. When you arrive, head for the items that usually sell quickly. Begin with equipment and large toys, both because they sell quickly and because often you can store them in a holding area and then continue shopping. Then go to shoes, which are always in demand, especially older kids' sizes and boys'.

5. Grab everything, sort later. This is a technique I learned from my cousin (thanks!).  Rummage sales are first-come, first-serve events. If you're looking for size 2T pants, grab all of the pants you can and then find a place to look through them later. Since clothes are sorted on racks or tables by size, you can easily put items back without making a mess. Also, it gives you time to compare prices and tally your total.

5. Be prepared to wait in line. I've waited up to 45 minutes in line before. Bring cash to make check-out faster. Remember that cashiers are mostly volunteers, so be patient.

Get Involved

Rummage sales make money by charging sellers/consigners and by taking a percentage of their sales. Each organization charges differently, but they often charge a $5 to $10 fee for consigning plus 25% to 33% of the items sold. Each organization has different policies for tagging, pick-up, and payment as well.

When consigning, the items that sell best are equipment (furniture, strollers, potties, highchairs, etc.), large toys (bikes, play kitchens, etc.), shoes (especially boy's sizes 8 and up), and coats.

Items that don't sell quickly--mostly because of the large supply--are infant clothes, toys, and blankets. Also, many sales do not sell recalled cribs (ones with drop down sides, etc.) and car seats in bad condition.

Some sales offer volunteers access to the sale early as a reward for their volunteer time. If you can spare a few hours, volunteering is a good way to get the best items.

Upcoming Sales

Here are times of year that Delaware County, PA, rummage sales are usually scheduled:
Date may change, so check with the organization in January or February.  There are also sales at St. John's Church in Glen Mills and at Don Guanella in Springfield, PA. Fall dates may also be scheduled.

Try It

I hope you've found this list helpful, and not too intimidating! Rummage sales are really a fantastic way to get deals on baby supplies and birthday gifts. Attend one soon!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Organizing with Kids: Hat Racks

Hanging 3M Command hooks is a great organizing project to do with toddlers. It doesn't involve any hardware, and they can help place the stickers. Also, if they get excited and pull them off, it is easy to replace hooks with no damage to your walls.

My son was excited to help me hang hooks in his room to hang up his hats. I can add more hooks to the wall, and then remove them with no wall damage when he gets older.

3M hooks are sold many places, including hardware stores like Home Depot and discount department stores like Target. When purchasing 3M hooks, I have found it is good to estimate the hanging item's weight and purchase hooks that hold twice that weight. For example, buy 5-pound hooks to hold 2 and a half pounds.