Canadians produce 13.4 million tons of waste each year. Rather than adding to it, take your gently used baby gear and children’s clothes and organize a mom-to-mom sale instead. It’s a great way to clear some space, fundraise and meet other moms. Kathy Richmond, one of the masterminds behind Children’s Pillage in the Village, a series of brilliantly successful Toronto rummage sales, offers her advice on organizing a successful event:
1. Determine your main objectives, whether it’s supporting the community you live in or to reduce, reuse and recycle.
2. Develop a critical path with due dates and who is responsible for each item.
3. Advertise your sale with a website, Craigslist postings, posters with event tear-offs, postcards left in various locations or ads in local papers.
4. Set a budget and stick to it. Look to friends, family and local businesses to donate services or food for volunteers.
5. Give volunteers proper training, job expectations and thank-yous. They are the face to your fundraiser, and word of mouth is still your most powerful ally.
Want get your kids involved in the community? Go to How to Raise a Kid Who Cares for more tips.