Saving the Earth & Saving Money At The Family Swap Meet

Local Families Line Up for Bargains on Baby Gear and Kids Items

With Earth Day coming up, many local parents are thinking about how to reduce the amount of baby and kids items that they use for a short time and then throw away.  For years, local parents have flocked to Parent Connection’s family swap meets to buy and sell such items, including 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 first Family Swap Meet of 2013 will be held at Canyon Crest Academy on Sunday, April 14th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Early Sunday morning, hundreds of local parents will line up outside Canyon Crest Academy in Carmel Valley to compete for the best buys on essential baby gear and children’s items.  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.”  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.”

Breakfast and lunch will be available for purchase from a local gourmet food truck.  When the Swap Meet winds down, local charity trucks will arrive to pick up any unsold items that vendors choose to donate.

Carmel Valley San Diego Community | Kim Knox | Swapmeet Flyer - April 2013Mark your calendar now for the Parent Connection Family Swap Meet that will be held on Sunday, April 14, 2013, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Canyon Crest Academy, 5951 Village Center Loop Road, San Diego, CA 92130, located in Carmel Valley.  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.

About Parent Connection

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 http://www.sandiegoparent.com.

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