Shortly before my girls were born, when I found out I was expecting twins, I joined a local Mothers of Twins club. I had heard about it and was curious so I went to a meeting just to check it out. I had a great time and went sporadically after that, as my girls were born and life was hectic. Once the girls were a few months old, I began to go more regularly. I am grateful for this group for many reasons. It has been nice to be around other women who understand how different it is with two babies. I have made friendships that I know will last a lifetime. There is a group of us that have twins all about the same age and we get together regularly- sometimes weekly- for playgroups. It is always a fun sight to see so many of them together. It is funny how it has changed my perspective. I have officially become used to having twins and it doesn't seem so strange anymore- especially now that I have a group of friends that have twins. It just seems normal. So now, it always surprises me when I see strangers (or others) in the store who find it fascinating that I have twins. I have to remember that it isn't normal for everyone. I just think it is interesting how our life events can cause us to change perspective. If you want to read a previous post about life with twins that I wrote in June, click here.
Anyway, that isn't the main reason for this post. Another great benefit of being in this club is the semi-annual sale. Twice a year, we host what is basically a giant yard sale in a local school. This sale took place this past weekend- which is the second one for this group I have participated in. Both times I have been in awe by the magnitude of it. As twin moms, we have the opportunity to sell any and all of our child care related items that we no longer need. Through a very organized process, we get the money from our sales, minus a small percentage that goes to the club. On Friday night, it is open to just club members for two hours and then it opens to the public Saturday morning for 4 hours. The membership in our club is around 300 and we had about that many shopping Friday night (though most meetings have an attendance around 50). I was shocked when our club treasurer told us that during the two hours that members only shopped Friday night, we had $23,000 in sales!!! (no, that is NOT a typo!!) I have not heard total sales yet, but based on that number and sales from the previous sales, I am guessing we brought in $50,000+ in gross sales. I personally took in 3 bins of clothes and a large box overflowing with toys, shoes, misc. stuff. I came home with 1 bin left- so I sold 75% of what I took! I thought that was pretty good! I am not sure what my total personal sales were, but they are adding them all now and I should have my check within a couple weeks. I figured the best way to demonstrate the size of this sale was to snap a few pictures. It is important to note that I took these pictures Saturday morning, before my shift as a cashier for the sale- this was AFTER the members shopped Friday night!
This first picture shows the people standing in line waiting to get in. I got there for my shift at 7:40am and the doors don't open until 8.
Once inside, the sale is divided into three big areas. This is a very big school. There is two full size gymnasiums and a large cafeteria/auditorium. In the cafeteria/auditorium is all of the equipment- cribs, highchairs, strollers, car seats, bedding, feeding supplies, etc. I had to take a two pictures to get it all in. The first gymnasium is devoted entirely to clothing. What you do not see in the picture, that I should have gotten in there, is the bleachers on the other side have clothing racks stuck into them when hanging clothes/coats on them. Originally, before the members only shopping, the stacks on the tables were as high as your head. They are, obviously, still quite high here. It is divided by size and gender.The second gymnasium is devoted entirely to toys/entertainment. This picture speaks for itself.... Anyway, it is a fun and excellent opportunity for me to sell things I no longer need. I get more from them than having a yard sale of my own and it is a little less work than a yard sale. Plus, I get to shop for clothes for my kids to replace what I get rid of. And, in a couple weeks I will have a check just in time for Christmas shopping- all from just getting rid of kid clutter in my house!!
Last week, Katie tagged me with the 4-4 tag. I am supposed to open the 4th folder and post the 4th picture in the folder. I actually have picture folders- one on each computer (long story) so I will do both!Okay, the girls will hate me later for this one, but at least it doesn't show anything! This is Ellen and Meghan in August of 2007 (7 mos old). I had snapped several trying to get them to look at the camera, but they always looked away as I clicked it.
Now- on to the next computer....Not the most flattering of me, but hey- I had just given birth to twins minutes before. I love this picture actually! I was a paranoid wreck the entire pregnancy- fearing something would go wrong. I knew I couldn't relax until I held both happy healthy babies in my arms. This was that moment.
(and yes, I really do take pictures of my beautiful boys as well!!! )
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