Friday, October 2, 2009

Metro Detroit Mom to Mom Sales This Weekend

If you've never been to a Mom to Mom Sale, you may be missing out on one of the best frugal parenting tricks around! You can find new and like new items for a fraction of the price, making it possible to clothe and entertain your children at prices you can truly afford! You'll find everything from clothes to shoes to furniture along with toys, books and more!

There are 17 different Mom to Mom sales around Metro Detroit this Saturday alone, but here are my favorites in the Macomb area:

St. Peter Lutheran, Eastpointe
(Gratiot, north of 9 Mile)
60 tables - $1 admission
*Stop in and say hi to my friend Karla, who's worked hard to organize this sale!*

St. Paul, Sterling Heights
(Hayes, south of 19 Mile)
120 tables - $1 admission

St. John, Fraser
(14 Mile, west of Utica Rd)
85 tables - $1 admission

Beacon Tree Elementary, Shelby Twp.
(Schoenherr, south of 26 Mile)
100 tables - $1 admission


  1. Be prepared with small bills and a pocketful of quarters. Stop at the bank and ask for small bills BEFORE you arrive at the sale. Many times, as the sale opens, no one will have the money to provide change for your $20 bill and you'll be out of luck.

  2. Bring a bag or two. I like to bring my big IKEA reusable shopping bag to sales - it's easy to fit everything in! Bringing a bag or two will make things much easier. Some sellers will have grocery bags for you; others may not be as prepared.

  3. Invite a friend. Let each other know what you're on the lookout for and you'll double your chances of finding what you're looking for! It can also be more fun to have a shopping buddy!

  4. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. You may be doing a good deal of walking. Dress in layers - some buildings will be extra toasty with so many shoppers in attendance!

  5. Brave the crowds. If you're arriving when the sale opens, expect to stand in line. Have your admission ready and try to be patient. It will be MUCH easier to navigate the sale without a stroller or kids in tow, but if you don't have a choice, you won't need to miss out. Check to see whether a sale allows strollers inside (some will not be able to allow them because of fire code).

  6. Check items carefully. Clothing should not be stained or damaged, but it's possible that the seller didn't notice. Test zippers and look for missing buttons. Make sure that toys aren't missing important pieces.

  7. Shop the beginning or the end. You'll find the best selection at the beginning of the sale, with the best deals (some sellers will cut prices in half or accept offers on their merchandise) as the sale draws to a close.

Laura has written a great list of tips for Mom to Mom Sales here. Do you have any good Mom to Mom shopping tips that we've failed to mention? PLEASE share!

For more details on sale times, whether strollers are allowed, and the rest of the Fall Mom to Mom Schedule in Southeastern Michigan, visit

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