Thursday, October 4, 2012

Hand Me Ups Gift Certificate Giveaway

 I love that we now have 4 great children clothing events that you can go buy kid gear at! It's about time Alaska! Bella Kids just had their event, Hand Me Ups is next , then our AK Mom 2 Mom sale! The 4th one is in Kodiak, called Forget-Me-Not and was in August.

 As we all know, kids go through clothing literally in a day. I don't know how many times I pull out the clothing, try it on a kid, and they are no longer in that size. But they were in it yesterday. Geesh! And kid shoes?! Who has ever tried to jam their kids cute, fat little feet in a shoe because you don't have the next size up yet?! Lucky for us, these sales are here for us to get some amazing deals.

 Kari, owner of Hand Me Ups, is holding her second event to help parents find clothes and gear for their kiddos on October 18-21st in the Mall at Sears in Anchorage.  You can choose to consign your items or/and shop for items! There is a family to be sale, which I think is great! Volunteers and consigners get to shop before its open to the public. The last day of the sale, items will be 1/2 off!

I'm going to let Kari do the rest of the talking. Kari, take it away!

"How I started Hand Me Ups:  The last couple years I went down south to visit my family.  While I was there my sister introduced me to consignment sales.  There were several sales in her area.  She showed me how she was able to sell her unused or outgrown kids stuff and make enough money to buy for the next whole season without spending money.  I was amazed by the organization, the high quality of the items at the sale, the great bargains and I loved shopping for my kids at them.  I started to really look forward to going to these sales when I came down for holidays or vacation.  I loved the opportunities that these sales gave families.  I loved how left over items were given to local charities to support those in need in the community.  I loved how you could shop in one location for everything.  I loved that you could sell and shop and not have to spend a lot of money in the process.  The more often I went to a sale, the stronger my desire to start one in Anchorage.  I knew I wanted Alaska to experience these sales and how they could benefit families.  I have two children and know how expensive it is to raise them.  Being able to shop in one place with one check out and support local families all at the same time is something I felt was needed. 

The First Hand Me Ups Sale was held in Anchorage in April of this year.  We had well over 500 families at the sale.  Many consignors brought Thousands and Thousands of items.  Within the first two days 1/2 of the items on the floor had been sold.  There were so many great deals they flew out the door.  By the end of the sale there was only a 1/4 of the items left.  Selling percentages were very high.  Several consignors (sellers) sold every single one of their items. 
This coming event is going to be held Oct. 18-21 at The Mall At Sears.  We already have more consignors (sellers) than we had at the first sale and still have two weeks to register and tag items.  We are prepared to have an amazing second sale.  We have a great location with lots of public exposure for items to be seen in front of hundreds of families.  Those that are new to our event can expect a fun, clean and organized sale atmosphere. We will also be holding a silent auction to benefit local Anchorage charities along with donating some unsold items to charity.  For those that can't make this event can keep up with us on Facebook (  or on our website ( .  We will be having a sale twice a year (In the spring around April-ish, and in the fall around October-ish). "

 Who is ready to do some shopping?! One lucky winner will win a $25 gift certificate to Hand Me Ups! All you gotta do is follow the rules! It is mandatory that you answer the question on the blog comment form. I will be checking to make sure the person who won, did what they said they did. =)

Good luck! A winner will be chosen Monday night!

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