By: Deanna Rebro | Category: Retail | Issue: April 2010
Members of Tulsa Mothers of Multiples with their twins (L to R): (Top Row) Hannah Lawrence, Deb Carroll, (Middle Row) Debra Hassell, Jennifer Quinnelly, Cathy Capozziello, (Bottom Row) Natalie Woody, Michelle Huggins, Rachel Bright and Kym Brophy.
Seeing double can be good. On Saturday, April 24, it will be really good – that’s when you’ll see two of nearly everything at the semi-annual Tulsa Mothers of Multiples (TMOMs) garage sale.
Doors open at 7 a.m. at First United Methodist Church, 112 E. College, along Main Street in Broken Arrow. Judging from past sales, shoppers will no doubt be in line to pick up bargains that for the most part will be in pairs. They include good quality spring and summer clothing, swimwear and life jackets, double and single strollers, high chairs, changing tables, cribs, swings, baby monitors, indoor and outdoor toys, sporting goods and bicycles.
Although the emphasis is on twins, there will also be lots of household furniture and home décor, all types and sizes of bedding, small appliances, electronics, TVs, DVDs, CDs, games, books, crafts for children and adults, and much more.
The 75 or more participating members will also include plenty of clothing for everyone else in the family: moms, moms-to-be, dads and other siblings. Clothing is carefully inspected, in season, in good condition and arranged by size on hangers.
There are always surprises that even garage sale co-chair Hannah Lawrence won’t know will be on hand until the day before the sale. Special treasures in past sales have included a TiVo, a large train table, an inflatable outdoor gym and bunk beds.
Grandmothers look for clothes and furnishings to keep at their homes. People who don’t have children look for clothes and home-related merchandise. Men search for tools, electronics and sporting equipment. There is literally something for everyone.
Every sale attracts more than 1,000 bargain hunters. And virtually nothing can stop them. Last spring’s event shared the spotlight with a sudden snow and ice storm. In spite of the weather and much to everyone’s surprise, a record-setting number of people turned out.
Shoppers are welcome to bring their own carts or wheeled luggage to easily move about with their treasures.
The Tulsa Mothers of Multiples chapter was founded more than 16 years ago as part of the National Organization of Mothers of Twins Clubs (NOMOTC). With 140 members, it has become the largest chapter in Oklahoma. The garage sale began in a member’s garage soon after the club was chartered. Now the twice-a-year major shopping event has regular followers who attend each one. Hannah recalls one single dad with two children who comes to every garage sale to buy wardrobes for himself and his children for the entire season.
Members range from professionals in the workforce to stay-at-home moms to single moms. Their multiples – most of them twins – range from newborn to teens. Expectant mothers are urged to attend, not only for the shopping, but also for the opportunity to find out more about this support network run by mothers, for mothers, who share the same unique joys and challenging experiences. Their special “Sisters of Support” program pairs an experienced mother with an expectant mother to help her through all of her concerns.
Club members can also take advantage of a monthly meeting and an extensive resource library that includes books, articles and videos. Social functions throughout the year offer opportunities for the families to network, as well as an annual retreat just for the moms. The mothers are always there for each other, any time anyone needs an idea or a word of encouragement from someone who understands.
Admission to the garage sale is free. All purchases must be paid in cash. Hours are 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 24.
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.