Parents benefit from big bargains
Jaxyn Houle, 2, was so enthused with the new toy his parents were going to buy for him Saturday.
© Times-Herald photo by Nathan Liewicki
Jaxyn Houle, 2, pulls a new toy his parents purchased for him at the Multiples Spring/Summer Sale at the Moose Jaw Exhibition Grounds Convention Centre Saturday.
Walking around in his Spiderman rubber boots, Jaxyn was pulling the lime green frog to and fro as he followed mom and dad around the Convention Centre at the Moose Jaw Exhibition Grounds.
Established nearly 20 years ago through the Multiple Miracles, the Moose Jaw Multiples spring/summer sale was again open for business for five short hours Saturday.
“It’s a great money saver,” said Leah Doepker, Jaxyn’s mother. “Kids only wear clothes and play toys for a short length of time.”
Doepker heard the event was taking place courtesy her cousin and decided to swing by to check it out.
Jaxyn’s new toy was not, however, the only discounted item his parents scored with during the brief sale.
Multiple Miracles Sales Chair Elaine Osmachenko said parents like Jaxyn’s had the opportunity to save not only a few dollars, but also big bucks.
“They get a lot of brand name clothes for really cheap and they're in almost new condition because kids grow so fast and they grow out of them,” said Osmachenko. “If they spend $100 they've probably saved at least $600 versus buying those items in a store.”
And there were more than toys and clothes available to be purchased. Children’s films, bedding, puzzles, books and stuffed animals were among the other items available for inexpensive prices.
Parents with multiples also provided the vast majority of the items.
“It’s a perfect recycle program,” said Kali Woodley, a Multiple Miracles member and former sales chair.
“We are a support group for parents with multiples.”
Osmachenko added that the group is always looking for more members to sell their items at both yearly sales. The fall/winter sale is scheduled for September.
Although the event is designed primarily for parents with multiples to buy and sell previously used items, there were many parents with only child or children of different ages that went home with an array of items.
In total, more than 225 people checked out Saturday's sale.
Nathan Liewicki can be reached at 306-691-1256 or follow him on Twitter @liewicks