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For years, local parents have flocked to Parent Connection’s Family Swap Meets to buy and sell new and used baby, children’s and maternity clothing, handcrafted gifts, toys, strollers, wagons, tricycles, car seats, high chairs, play pens and other furniture. The most recent Family Swap Meet was held at Canyon Crest Academy on Sunday, June 23 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Early Sunday morning, hundreds of local parents set up booths in the Canyon Crest Academy parking lot to sell the baby gear, children’s clothing and toys that their families have outgrown. Renee Zau, the Parent Connection board chairperson, notes, “By passing along our outgrown baby and kids’ products rather than dumping them at the landfill we are helping our members save money locally while being environmentally friendly and preventing the negative impact of unnecessary packing materials, boxes, and transportation.” Jennifer Ott, a local mother of twins, remarks, “It seems like such a waste of money to spend a lot of money on kids’ clothes that won’t fit anymore in six months. I love buying used items and then selling or giving them away for someone else to use after me.”
Coffee, breakfast and lunch was be available for purchase. Additionally, local charity trucks arrived on site to pick up any unsold items that vendors choose to donate.
Admission is $2 per person; children under age 12 are free. Proceeds from the Swap Meet provide funding for parenting workshops and benefit the Parent Connection’s Community Resource Fund, which supports families in crisis throughout San Diego.
The Parent Connection is a non-profit parenting support network sponsored by Scripps Health that provides support in the form of parenting classes, playgroups, special events and an active online network. Since its inception in 1980, local families have relied on the Parent Connection to guide them through the maze of parenthood. Membership in the Parent Connection is open to all San Diego families. For more information, visit Parent Connection.