By: Genna Jenkin
The Your Smart Money Moves Mom
We’ve all been there. At some point during the school year your child brings home the dreaded fundraising envelope! Inside are all the materials you will need to ply friends and family to purchase vats of cookie dough, reams of wrapping paper or the never-ending magazine subscriptions. However since these unwanted items help in providing much-needed funds to your local schools the purchases are begrudgingly made.
Can you imagine what a treat it would be to be able to provide those same funds to your youngster’s school not by buying something, but by getting rid of something you no longer need? This is the concept behind an amazing program conceived by Stacey Boyd. Since this entrepreneur and CEO of Schoola.com opened the cyber doors of her new idea, schoola.com/stitch, many parents throughout the country have signed up to make money for their schools by cleaning out their closets, specifically their children’s closets.
The concept is genius. In recent years the consignment business has boomed and this is precisely what Schoola stitch is based upon. As parents, all we are asked to do is to go through our children’s clothing (which we should all do periodically anyway) and send any gently-used or unused items that no longer fit our kids to the San Francisco based company. (They provide packaging and shipping!) They then post these items on their website and when the clothing is purchased the funds go back to your school. What could be easier?
When visiting their website you’ll see just how user-friendly the entire process is made. In addition they provide answers to many of the questions you may have about how this all works. The best part is that you can see how effectively and creatively they display the merchandise to ensure sales. Who knows, you may not only sell some clothes, but may become a customer too!