Big Baby Bargains

Thousands expected to generate more revenue

By Marianne Kushi
|  Sunday, Apr 26, 2009  |  Updated 5:45 AM PDT
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Big Baby Bargains

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Baby swap meet gathers 350 vendors who swap baby and children's clothes, furniture and other items for a deal. Thousands are expected, with proceeds from admission going to Parent Connection which assists parents in crisis.

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When the going gets tough, the tough go swapping, says Lisa Olmsteade of Scripps Health who's talking about the big baby swap meet Sunday at Canyon Crest Academy.  

They're not swapping babies, but swapping infant and children's clothes, furniture, books and more. The 330 vendor spots at the "Parent Connection Swap Meet" as it's officially called, has sold out for the first time in the event's history.

Families are eager to generate extra revenue during these tough times according to the organizers.

“Every little bit helps,” says Tracy Borin, a Parent Connection member who sold her son’s baby clothes and toys at the last swap meet. “A lot of the stuff was barely used and came from great quality retailers like Gap, Hannah Andersen and others. It was nice to see how happy other parents were to get such a deal.”

The much anticipated Swap Meet attracts crowds in the thousands, and this year Pam Nagata, Parent Connection coordinator, anticipates a record-breaking number of bargain hunters.

“Parents and parents-to-be are struggling with layoffs, downsizing and large mortgages, not to mention the costs of parenting," she said.

The Parent Connection Swap Meet will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Canyon Crest Academy at 5951 Village Center Loop Road. 

There is a $2 admission fee for adults, although children under 12 are free.

Proceeds from the Swap Meet benefit  Parent Connection which provides parenting classes, helps parents in crisis, special events and more and is sponsored by Scripps Health

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