Meet the team: Sam runs Mum2mum market Nearly New sales in the West Midlands
Hi I’m Sam and I joined mum2mum market back in May 2015. I’d been searching for a franchise for a while and whilst I really don’t have the vocal skills for the baby class opportunities I knew my control freak organising self would love event planning. I coerced my lovely friend Nicki into joining with me, we sent off for some info, had a phone interview with mum2mum market owner Cath and that’s when mum2mum market Stourbridge, Dudley & Kidderminster was born. Mum2mum nearly new sales allow local families to sell on their good quality preloved maternity, baby and children’s items in a friendly, indoor environment.
I’m on a mission to work term time only by the time both girls are in school. So since joining mum2mum I’ve also taken on the Wolverhampton/Bridgnorth franchise. I also do 5 hours a week Facebook admin for the National mum2mum page and I’ve have set up a little cake making business with another friend to cater our events – although we only do Wolverhampton currently. I’m still not quite there yet but have managed to decrease my ‘day job’ hours down to fit in better with the school run. Sometimes I wonder how I fit it all in but it’s great that I can do so much of it after the girls are in bed.
'It’s great seeing buyers leaving with armfuls of fantastic quality bargains, and then returning, and leaving again multiple times as they fill the car!
I love organising successful sales where local parents can turn their preloved items into cash for their family and that other local families can make some serious savings shopping with us. It’s great seeing buyers leaving with armfuls of fantastic quality bargains, and then returning, and leaving again multiple times as they fill the car! We have lots of repeat buyers and sellers and it’s lovely to meet everyone and get to know them a little.
I like to say we have two types of buyers, the targeted buyers and the moochers.
We really encourage our sellers to send us plenty of pictures of what they are selling before the sale to add to our Facebook photo album.
Our targeted buyers have been known to be first in the queue and be in and out in under 5 minutes with the bargains they’d spotted online! The moochers love to stay and browse and head to the café for a cuppa before returning to the sale room for one last bargain hunt.
'We have lots of repeat buyers and sellers and it’s lovely to meet everyone and get to know them a little.'
I couldn’t do all this without the support from my wonderful family.
I’ve been married to my husband Matt for 9 years but together for 16 (I think he was just making sure!)
We have two lovely, lively little girls, Emily 6 and Abigail 3. My mum regularly helps at the sales and is always in the market for a little cuddle.
Sam runs mum2mummarket Nearly New Sales covering Stourbridge, Dudley & Kidderminster and in Wolverhampton.
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