Dreaming of a Cheap Christmas?momsale

As soon as you threw away (or consumed?) the last of Junior’s Halloween candy, your thoughts turned to the coming holidays. Gotta remember to order the Thanksgiving turkey. And, wow, is it really time to start thinking about holiday shopping?

It is…especially because the 2nd annual CoolMom Toy Swap is coming right up – Nov. 14 in West Seattle– and it’s a great place to find gently-used toys at bargain prices. The sale is geared to getting folks to do a “toy shuffle,” by trading toys they don’t use for new “used” items.

So before you take advantage of the sale, you can also use it as a de-cluttering opportunity. CoolMom is still looking for donated toys— a great reason to get rid of the stack of toys, clothes or babygear your littlie has outgrown.

People who donate get $5 to use towards purchase at the sale, plus the satisfaction of knowing they are helping both the environment (by recycling toys) as well as those in need.  Cool Mom organizer Kristy Royce says last year’s sale was super successful in that it enabled people who were going through tough financial times to buy holiday gifts. As one happy mom said, “Christmas was not going to happen due to layoffs, but the sale saved our holiday.”

Go here for details on how and where to donate.  Deadline to donate is Nov. 12. All proceeds from the Toy Swap benefit CoolMom, Westside Baby and Family Works.

PS – Why stop at a toy exchange? Why not swap home accessories and spruce up your place for the Holidays? On Nov 21, Sit + Sip and Nest Home are hosting a Holiday Home Accessories Swap and everything swapped is free. Start clearing out those unopened wedding gifts…

—Kavita Varma-White