Our Top Ten Tips to bag a bargain & sell your children’s items at a Mum2mum Market

Our Top Ten Tips to bag a bargain & sell your children’s items at a Mum2mum Market

Who doesn’t love a bargain or two?  As mums we all know just how much ‘stuff’ our little’s accumulate in a very short space of time.  And just how quick they grow up, out and over it all too!  So what do you do when they’re so over the Happyland collection?  You head to your local Mum2Mum Market to recoup some cash and help other mum’s out too.  And you will most certainly pick up a bargain or two yourself (just don’t spend all your profits!)

Such a fabulous concept, that Deborah Meaden of the BBC1 hit show Dragon’s Den invested in Mum2Mum Market, the brainchild of mum of three Cath Harrop.  It really is THE best way, hands down to make some space, make some money and have a great day too!
Mum2Mum Market organise nearly new sales events around the UK, Solihull have a dedicated area and is ran by the lovely Jade.
As a single moma, every penny counts and when Baby Town can no longer fit into his much loved Converse and I can’t close the under stairs cupboard for anything bright, plastic and flashy-lighty, then I know it’s time to book my table at Mum2Mum Market.  We had a great time today, nanny T was my 2nd in command today putting her killer sales skills into practice!
Book a table online with your local Mum2Mum Market costing £18 and you keep 100% of your profits.  Pitch up on the day, pick a spot and display all your items ready for the doors to open.
There is almost always a queue as mums get there early to bag the best bargains.  In fact, I have always sold 85% in the first hour there.  And as a seller you get the added perk of shopping before doors open to the rest of the public.
Over the last 18 months we have picked up some fabulous toys, clothes and items that we really have needed or certainly loved!  And it has saved us a small fortune too.
Our picks for today……
 dusty-plane
Tickets to the event are £2 for adults, children are free and they offer a 2 for 1 on their website.  And there are goody bags for the first 100 buyers.  They also offer small business opportunities too; today we met Arty Splats and Bilingusing – new classes running in Solihull for pre-schoolers – just up our street!
But the best part….. you get to chat to other mums and share your love for all things ‘mum’.
So here are our Top Five Tried & Tested Tips for selling and bagging a bargain at Mum2mum Markets:
Selling?
  1. Get there early & give yourself time to set out your stall (quite literally).  Buyers buy with their eyes and I have noticed that if it is a cluttered and rather untidy table, they will scan and then move away.  Less is actually more, a tidy and organised table seems to work better.
  2. Label up all items with a price, I have tried both with and without pricing labels and my stock was sold when I popped on a price.  You don’t have to stick to it, in fact  but it gives the buyer an idea of what you will want for it and they know then immediately if its for them or not.  Sticky labels have always been the easiest thing for me.
  3. Selling clothes?  Then invest in a clothes rail and hang up your clothes.  I have always found buyers will always go for those hanging up rather than having to rummage through things on the table.
  4. Only sell clothes that fit with the season.  Trying to sell winter coats and Rudolph hats in April just isn’t going to work.  But selling them in October, is a great idea and definitely works for me.
  5. Upsell.  Ok so this is the business woman in me, but someone is interested in your Zara coat & starts rummaging for her purse….. ah ha…. your chance to tell her that you also bought a hat and gloves that would match it and she can have them for just an extra fiver.  Ta Dah, the mommy buyer has a wonderful matching winter outfit and you have sold three items instead of one!
  6. Ok so I promised only five tips, but this one is just too good not to share!  As a seller you have the chance to bag some bargains and help out fellow moms at your sale.  So, beat the crowds and go take a look around before the doors officially open.  You would be surprised how many bargains we have picked up!
Buying?
  1. Get your 2 for 1 ticket and save yourself £2.  Every little helps and could mean you end up with two dolls rather than one!
  2. Get there early.  Every sale we have been to has seen buyers queuing half an hour before doors were set to open.  They are savvy buyers as they were the ones that got the best bargains
  3. Bring enough cash.  Sounds ridiculous I know, but you would be surprised just how much you will end up wanting to buy.  There is nothing worse than missing out on a bargain and the nearest cashpoint is usually just too far away!
  4. Bring a bag or two.  Not all sellers have bags, so if you do end up bagging some bargains, you need to bag that bargain quite literally.  I have regularly seen moms struggling to carry all their purchases.
  5. Don’t be afraid to rummage and ask questions.  Sellers want to engage with you and help, ultimately they want to sell out so will welcome you having a good old look around.
The Nitty Gritty Need to Know….. 
Under 2’s go free?  Yes
Café/Restaurant?  This depends on the venue itself, our fav is The Renewal Centre and offers a lovely café and soft play area too for the little ones.
Loyalty Scheme?  No but 2 for 1 scheme available
Breastfeeding friendly?  Venue dependent, some get extremely busy
Have you discovered Mum2Mum Market? Are you a hard core seller like us? What is your best bargains ever that you’ve picked up there? Please share with us!
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