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Bring bags and change
Come prepared! Bring enough bags (eg. Grocery bags) to bag the items that you sell. Also, make sure you have plenty of $5's, $1,s and change. It is your responsibility to have this for your customers. Sorry but Mom2Mom does not supply change.

Make sure that your table is supervised at all times and watch your money

Don’t leave your money accessible to the general public. A Hip bag or apron is a good idea since it has more than one compartment. Many shoppers will be there early and you will miss out on selling to these shoppers if your table is not ready on time. Presale for volunteers starts at 9:30am. Mom2Mom is not responsible for loss or theft.

Make sure that your items are CLEAN, COMPLETE and in the BEST Condition possible.
Clean off all stains and repair all rips before the sale (and iron if necessary!). Also, ensure toys and accessories are in good condition, complete and thoroughly cleaned. It is often worth your while as the better the condition your items are in, the better the price you will be able to get for them. People are also more likely to buy an item that looks fairly new than one which they will have to clean before they get to use it. If there is a problem (zipper/buttons needs replacing or pieces missing) you should make sure that is known. It is the responsibility of the buyer to check it out, but if you are up front and let them know, they will know that your table is a reputable one.

Do NOT pack till after Sale ends.
You need to be there with your items until the end of the sale. The organizer has advertised that the sale will be open during those hours. After all, if you go to a local store and their hours state they will be open until 9, you expect to be able to shop until then. Some buyers will be shopping till the end of the sale and you never know if that one person is the one who will spend lots of money at your table. You have paid to be at the sale and you have the right to stay till the end, make the most of your money!

Organizing Tips

-sort items by gender and size, do this at home before the sale to make set up a snap
- make signs to let customers know what you have
-hang clothing when possible, make sure that clothing racks are sturdy and stable (paper plates with a hole cut through the center and labeled clearly with gender and age range work REALLY well as dividers)
-package/fasten items with multiple pieces together and make sure it is complete
-if you plan on marking your items down near the end of the sale, premake signs to let customers know what your discount is
-use bins, baskets and boxes to keep like items together
-use small shelving units to maximize your selling area
-place larger items under your table and smaller items on top
-don't overfill your space, rent space accordingly or keep extra items in your car to replenish your table as items sell
-keep your space organized and neat to attract customers

Pricing Strategies
To get a good idea as to the general price ranges for items you are selling, check out local resale shops and yard sales so you know what other people are charging. Also, have a good idea of the original price of items. Remember that certain accessories and toys have a higher resale value than clothes (which often have a fairly low resale value). Also, things that are fairly new and branded usually fetch a higher price. Price carefully, always remembering that you are selling used items. A good rule of thumb is to price clothes at 10-20% of retail and toys & accessories at 20-40% of retail.
Some ideas include:
Price LOW, items are more likely to move if they are a good bargain. You could also offer a “buy 1, get 1 free” (or any similar variations) to get shoppers to leave with more of your items. Near the end of the sale, offer a “Fill a bag for $2” (or any similar variations). The more willing you are to negotiate your prices, the more likely they will sell. Another alternative would be to set your prices for what you want to get at the beginning of the sale and then slash them by 50% halfway through the sale. (Or just cut prices to whatever you’re willing to take)

Label the items you have CLEARLY
Make sure all items are labeled clearly with prices, etc and that the labels STAY on. (Sticky labels or masking tape are often good choices, but can fall off fairly easily. Alternatively, safety pins are more troublesome but stay on better).

Bargain and haggle (Should you, shouldn’t you?)

You will be offered a lower price at one time or another. It is up to you if you want to bargain. You do not have to take anything less than you want. But remember you are reselling used items and will not get retail price for them. If you are not willing to barter on the price, post a sign that all prices are firm. On the other hand, if you are willing to barter, you may want to put a sign saying "no reasonable offers refused". It’s all up to you. After all, it’s your table. Just remember that if you refuse one offer, you may not end up selling your item. You can also make a counter-offer and meet the buyer somewhere in between.

Bring a helper/partner
You want to make sure that someone is at your table at all times. Also, during the day you may need to take a quick break and it isn’t the organizer’s responsibility to watch your table. Also, if you get busy, it’s nice to have extra hands helping.

Sharing tables
If you are sharing a table with someone else, make sure that you have different tags to collect as you make the sale to assure both parties get their rightful monies.

After-sale donations accepted!
If you don’t want to haul the unsold stuff back home, you can donate your items to a local charity (we will make the arrangements for you)



Due to changes in the law, car seats manufactured after January 1, 2012 are no longer allowed to be sold at Mom2Mom sales. Please visit

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Everyone holding a garage sale is legally responsible for ensuring that products being sold, whether new or used, are safe and meet current regulatory requirements. It is important to only sell items that are in good condition. Damaged articles should be discarded.

Before selling a product at a garage sale, check with the manufacturer and Health Canada to see if it has been recalled and if the problem has been corrected. If it has been recalled and the problem has not been or cannot be corrected, do not sell the product. Destroy it so it cannot be used by anyone else, and throw it away.

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The Canada Consumer Product Safety Act (CCPSA) is administered by Health Canada. Its purpose is to protect the public by addressing and preventing dangers to human health or safety that are posed by consumer products in Canada.

The CCPSA and its regulations do not distinguish between new and used products. Any person who sells, distributes, or gives away consumer products that do not comply with the current regulatory requirements is breaking the law in Canada.

All cosmetics sold in Canada must meet the requirements of the Food and Drugs Act, the Cosmetic Regulations, and all other applicable legislation.

The Radiation Emitting Devices Act covers such items as microwave ovens, personal stereo systems, and personal tanning equipment. For second-hand radiation emitting devices to be sold, they must also meet current standards.

The next time you are planning to hold a garage sale, Think Safety!

The following is a partial list of products that are banned in Canada. It is illegal to sell or give them away. If you have any of these products in your possession, destroy and discard them so that they cannot be used.

Baby walkers
Infant self-feeding devices
Jequirity beans or anything that is made with jequirity beans
Lawn darts with elongated tips
Polycarbonate baby bottles containing BPA
The following is a partial list of products that must meet regulatory requirements under the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act or the Food and Drugs Act and its Cosmetic Regulations:

Baby Gates
Baby gates that have diamond-shaped openings or "V" openings at the top larger than 38 mm (1 ½ in) are illegal to sell in Canada. A child's head can get caught in these openings and the child could strangle. Baby gates must come with information that identifies the manufacturer, model name or number, and the date of manufacture and information regarding instructions for use and installation.

Car Seats
Car seats manufactured before January 2012 may be illegal to sell, therefore we do not allow the sale of seats manufactured before January 2012 at our sales. All carseasts must have a National Safety Mark and meet current regulatory requirements. Remember that it is illegal to sell car seats that do not meet the current regulatory requirements. You should always check with the manufacturer before selling a car seat. Car seats must come with warnings, guidelines for use, installation instructions, and date of manufacture. Do not sell a car seat that is past the lifespan recommended by the manufacturer or that has been in a vehicle during a collision. Before selling a used car seat, check with Transport Canada (1-800-333-0371 or for more information and to find out if the car seat has been recalled. Also, be sure that it is in good condition with no missing parts and with functioning anchoring systems.

Children's Jewellery
Lead is a soft, heavy metal that is often used to make inexpensive jewellery. Lead is very toxic. A child can suffer from lead poisoning if they suck, chew, or swallow jewellery containing lead. Jewellery containing lead, which has a protective or decorative coating, is not safe since children can easily chew off the coating. It is illegal in Canada to sell children's jewellery that contains lead above the allowable limit, so if you are not sure whether a children's jewellery item contains lead, do not offer it for sale.

Children's Sleepwear
Do not sell loose-fitting children's sleepwear made of cotton, cotton blends or rayon as they burn more easily. Loose-fitting children's sleepwear includes nightgowns, bathrobes, and loose pyjamas. They should be made of polyester, nylon or polyester/nylon blends.
Tight-fitting children's sleepwear includes polo pyjamas and sleepers (with tight cuffs at the end of sleeves and pants legs, close fit to the body). They are less likely to make contact with a fire source and are likely to burn more slowly. They can be made from cotton, cotton blends or rayon.

Corded Window Coverings
Children can strangle on cords and bead chains of blinds and curtains. Looped cords and long pull cords can wrap around a child's neck and act like a noose. Reselling these products is not recommended because safety devices, warning labels, and instructions to keep pull cords out of the reach of children may be missing.

Used, old, or damaged cosmetics should never be sold. These products may contain harmful bacteria that could cause skin rashes or lead to infections. Additionally, second-hand cosmetics may be missing required labelling information, such as ingredients, warnings, and directions for safe use. A cosmetic is defined as any substance or mixture of substances manufactured, sold or represented for use in cleansing, improving or altering the complexion, skin, hair or teeth, including deodorants and perfumes.

Cribs, Cradles and Bassinets
It is illegal to sell cribs that do not meet the current regulatory requirements. Cribs manufactured before September 1986 likely do not meet these requirements and should therefore not be sold. Health Canada does not recommend using cribs older than 10 years as they are more likely to have broken, worn, loose or missing parts, and be missing warnings or instructions. Cribs, cradles and bassinets must come with information that identifies the manufacturer or importer, model name or number, date of manufacture, and assembly instructions. They must be in good condition, with no missing parts. It is also important that the mattress used fits snugly with a gap of no more than 3 cm (1 3/16 in) between the mattress and the crib, cradle or bassinet. The spacing between the bars should be no more than 6 cm (2 3/8 in). Cribs, cradles or bassinets with visible signs of damage, missing parts, or missing information should be destroyed. The side height of cradles and bassinets should be at least 23 cm (9 in). Cribs must have a side height of at least 66 cm (26 in) when the mattress support is in the lowest position. Crib corner posts must be no more than 3 mm (1/8 in) high. The mattress support must be firmly fixed to the end panels. Cribs that have a floating mattress support system with S or Z-shaped hooks are not safe and must not be sold.

Garden Torches
Garden torches (i.e. Tiki torches) are composed of two parts: a shaft that is placed in the ground or mounted on the side of a deck which is usually made of wood (bamboo) or metal; and a metal fuel reservoir with a wick. The wick and the reservoir, containing kerosene, citronella or another liquid fuel, usually sit on top of the wood/metal shaft. Ingestion of these fuels can cause serious adverse health effects in children including death. Many of these products sold prior to 2008 did not meet Health Canada's regulatory requirements which set out specific labelling and packaging. It is illegal to sell garden torches missing the required labelling or packaging.

Ice Hockey Helmets and Face Protectors
Ice hockey helmets and face protectors sold in Canada must carry a sticker indicating they meet safety standards set by the Canadian Standard Association (CSA) and clearly showing the standard number. If the standard number is not present, discard the product. Ice hockey helmets must also have a chin strap and a label with the date of manufacture. These items must not be sold if previously subjected to major impact, if older than five years, if showing signs of damage, or if parts are missing. Be careful as damage done to helmets is not always visible. If you are unsure of a helmet condition, it is better not to sell it.

Do not sell playpens that have protruding bolts or torn vinyl or mesh. Playpen mesh must be small mesh, such as mosquito-type netting. Playpens must not have more than two wheels or casters or the ability to attach additional wheels. When selling a folding playpen, ensure that all locking mechanisms work and set-up instructions are included. Playpens must be accompanied by information that identifies the manufacturer or importer, model name or number, and the date of manufacture.

Strollers and carriages
Strollers and carriages made before 1985 should not be sold as they may not meet current regulatory requirements. Strollers must come with a lap belt and crotch strap that is solidly attached to the seat or frame. Ensure that the brakes, as well as the locking mechanisms on folding models, are in working order. Make sure that the wheels are securely attached. Strollers must be accompanied by information that identifies the manufacturer or importer, model name or number, and the date of manufacture.

Toys that are in poor repair, broken, have sharp edges or points, or plush toys with loose eyes or noses are not safe and should not be sold. Recently, there has been an increased number of recalls on toys with paint containing lead; check that toys have not been recalled before selling them.

Toys With Magnets
Check toys for loose magnets before selling them. Products with loose small powerful magnets should be kept safely out of the reach of children. Unlike traditional magnets,small powerful magnets, such as rare-earth magnets, have a very strong magnetic pull creating a unique safety concern. They are used in a wide range of items, from building toys to science kits or board games. Small powerful magnets that are loose or contained in a very small item are dangerous because they are easily swallowed. If more than one magnet is swallowed over a short period of time, they can attract one another through the intestines and create a blockage or slowly tear through the intestinal walls. The results can be fatal. Older children are known to play with these small powerful magnets in their mouths: using them for fake tongue or cheek piercings, attaching them to braces, etc. Teach children to keep powerful magnets away from their mouths.

Examples of other items that could pose a safety hazard:

Drawstrings on Children's Clothing
Drawstrings on children's clothing should be removed prior to sale. Drawstrings, especially on snowsuits, jackets and hooded sweatshirts, can become caught on playground equipment, fences or other objects.
Helmets (Other Than Hockey Helmets)
Helmets, such as bicycle, in-line skating helmets and equestrian riding helmets, are designed to protect the head against a single impact. It is not recommended to resell these products.
High Chairs
Before selling a used high chair, make sure it is in good condition and that there is a restraint system that consists of a crotch strap and a waist belt that is easy to fasten. All latching and locking mechanisms should be in good working order.
Infant Bath Seats and Bath Rings
These products are not safety devices. Many babies have died when they were left alone in a bath seat or bath ring, even for a short time. Reselling these products is not recommended because the suction cups or other means to attach the product to a tub can be ineffective. Reselling infant bath seats or bath rings can be especially dangerous because any warnings and/or instructions that could have alerted a caregiver of the serious drowning hazard related to these products may be out of date or missing entirely.

Common second-hand products that must meet safety requirements under the Radiation Emitting Devices Act:

Microwave Ovens
Ensure that the microwave oven is in good working order and is accompanied with instructions for use. It is recommended not to sell a microwave oven with noticeable damage to the door or door hinges, as there may be excessive microwave leakage.
Personal Stereo Systems (for example MP3 Players, Portable Media Players)
Instructions for safe use should accompany the device and there should be a functioning volume control enabling sound levels to be listened to safely without risk of hearing damage.

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