By: Deanna Rebro | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: March 2009
Tulsa Mothers of Multiples is hosting its annual garage sale. (L to R): President Megan Tunnell and her twins Elizabeth and Brittney, VP Fundraising and Garage Sale Chairman Andrea Sagely and her twins Aubyn and Ashtyn, VP Programs Heather Westemeir and her twins Eli and Ella, and Acting Publicity Chairman Deb Carroll and her twins Taylor and Jordan.
One of the area’s biggest children’s shopping events takes place Saturday, March 28. It’s the spring garage sale sponsored by the Tulsa chapter of Mothers of Multiples (MOM).
Shoppers will see double when the doors open at 7 a.m. at First United Methodist Church, 112 E. College, along Main St. in Broken Arrow. Just about anything needed for infants, toddlers and children will be available at unbelievable prices. And, for many items, there will be two of them!
Lots of quality spring and summer clothing will be on hand for the entire family – mom, dad, brothers and sisters, even moms to be. You’ll also find swimwear and life jackets, double and single strollers, changing tables, cribs, swings, baby monitors, toys, sporting goods and bicycles.
In addition to children’s items will be a big selection of household furniture and home décor, bedding of all sizes, small appliances, electronics, televisions, DVDs, CDs, games, books and more.
The sale always has surprises. Special treasures from one of last year’s sales included a TiVo, bunk beds and a large train table. All merchandise is carefully inspected before presentation. Clothing is clean, in good condition and arranged by size on hangers.
Each garage sale attracts more than 1,000 shoppers who share one thing in common – their search for great bargains. Although the emphasis is on children, many people who don’t have children shop and find great bargains too.
Andrea Sagely, vice president of fundraising and garage sale chairman, says that all the details are covered. “We’ve thought of everything to make this a fun and easy shopping experience.” From traffic direction outside to floor assistance inside, plenty of help will be on hand.
The Tulsa MOM chapter was founded in 1983, more than 25 years ago, as part of the National Organization of Mothers of Twins Clubs (NOMOTC). The garage sale began soon after the club was chartered. It started with a few items for sale in a member’s garage and has evolved into a twice-a-year shopping event with regular followers. Deb Carroll, acting publicity chairman, says it’s not unusual for someone to call and ask when the next sale is scheduled.
The 125 members of the group range from professionals to stay-at-home moms. Some are single moms and some are grandmothers. Their multiples – most of them twins – range from newborn to 17. The club also has a few moms with triplets or quadruplets.
Expectant mothers of multiples are urged to attend, not only for the bargains, but for the opportunity to find out more about this support network operated by mothers, for mothers who share the same experiences. Even under the best of circumstances, multiple birth children have unique needs. Simple tasks with one child can become challenges when handled two at a time.
A monthly meeting features topics such as parenting skills, medical issues, Internet safety and self defense. Social functions include family picnics, couples-only nights, an annual weekend MOM-only retreat, and parties for the children. The mothers are also there for each other every day, any time someone needs a tip.
A portion of the garage sale proceeds will be used for emergency relief funds, infant supplies and food baskets for members’ and potential members’ families in need. The club will also donate many items from the sale to Broken Arrow Neighbors in an effort to give back to the community.
Admission is free, and only cash will be accepted for purchases. Hours are 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bargain hunters can do all their warm weather shopping in one convenient place – 112 E. College, along Main St. in Broken Arrow – on Saturday, March 28. Visit www.tulsamoms.org for more details on the garage sale and Tulsa Mothers of Multiples.
Deanna Rebro has worked in the publishing industry 30+ years, including eight years writing for Value News. She has also worked in real estate for the past six years. Deanna graduated from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio with a B.A. in Journalism. Outside of work, she serves as Vice President on the Board of Directors for Pet Adoption League. “Every story I write is a learning experience,” she said.