Win-win sale for Moms Club: Garage sale to boost charity goals

A local club raised more than $1,200 for needy mothers at a garage sale Saturday that boasted thousands of children's items at bargain prices.

More than 90 members of the Moms Club of Burbank donated 7,500 items of clothing — each of which was on sale for $1 — and roughly 75 strollers, cribs, high chairs and rocking horses to the garage sale. The event drew dozens of mothers — some expecting, others with their kids in tow.

“When you're an at-home mom, you gave up your salary — the idea is to help cover expenses,” said club member Karen Bowlin, a stay-at-home mother of two who hosted the event.

All proceeds from the sale went to the club's Mother-2-Mother Fund, which helps needy mothers around the world.

After last year's two sales, which together brought in $3,500, the funds were distributed to mothers hit by the recession, affected by Hurricane Sandy or are undergoing cancer treatment, said club president Lisa Dietrick.

At Saturday's event, expectant mother Kylee Peterson picked up 30 items for $30.

“After you have multiple kids, you know it doesn't matter if it's used,” Peterson said, as her 8-year-old daughter and 5-year-old son sipped on lemonade. “It's a good way to take the kids, for a couple bucks, they can pick out toys.”

Expectant mother Jen Barker, who is due next week, was shopping for pants for her baby boy.

“I'm excited that I can buy a whole bunch of $1 things and if he doesn't wear it, I won't feel bad,” Barker said. “This is lovely.”

The next garage sale will be held in the spring. For more information on the club, visit www.burbank


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