Category Archives: For Sale

Sorting your baby clothing

 

The Great Glebe Garage Sale is quickly approaching and I’ll be there will all of my 6 AM Shop stuff. In addition to the stuff from my online shop, I’m putting aside clothing and housewares for the sale. I want to make a really good “booth” for potential customers.

One thing I’ve focused on the last couple of days, is going through baby clothing that is too small for Katie. So far I have 5 bins of clothing to sell/giveaway. It took me a while to get here. I had a hard time deciding how to sort though my baby clothing and decide what to keep, toss, donate, sell? In the end, this is the formula I used:

Keep

  • Anything that was handmade or given to me from my parents or in-laws. I love that we had a lot of clothing that my husband and I wore.
  • Anything that I can remember the girls in. It may be a pair of sweatpants or halloween costume. If I can remember one of them wearing it a lot, I hung on to it.

Toss

  • Anything with stains (poop, food, formula, etc…)

Sell

  • Very rarely I’ll find something to sell. Mostly sleep sacks, very pretty dresses, jackets. Those of the kinds of things I’ll drop them off for consignment.

Donate

  • Everything else. I’ll give it to friend, who will then hopefully give it to another friend and another friend.

The GGGS is an exception to my donation and sell rule, whatever doesn’t sell I’ll donate.

What’s your formula for sorting through baby clothing?

 

Business Post Update

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This week, I’ve worked really hard at getting the name of my online shop out there. It’s not easy starting out, especially when you have very very limited free time. I’m motivated though and I’m really enjoying this. I’m learning a lot and hope to continue my 6 AM Shop for a longtime.

I’m been trying to find strategic ways to get my business name out there. Here are some ideas and things that I’ve done so far:

  • Goal setting: I try to set myself a weekly/monthly goal for sales. I’m happy that I hit that bar this week and will keep trying week after week.
  • Facebook: I find that there are a lot of direct sales ads on Facebook. I’m trying to find way to post interesting and engaging ads that will hopefully bring people to my site. It’s still a work in progress.
  • Wearing the product: Wearing Buskins leggings is easy. I love them.
  • Flyers: I’ve created flyers that the girls and I hand delivered this week to a few houses in Constance Bay. So far, it has increased the views on my site, but no extra sales from it.
  • Catalogue: Buskins came out with a small catalogue. I’m going to drop a couple off in strategic areas in my area.
  • Sign up for vendor fairs, markets and events: Check. I’m working hard to get my name out there and putting together a beautiful vendor booth.
  • Networking online and offline: I created a new Facebook group called Ottawa Vendor Events. I’m hoping to connect vendors and event planners looking for vendors in one place.
  • Word of mouth: This has been the most effective, since those who have the leggings, love them too.

This continues to be a huge learning experience for me. I’m loving every minute of it. If you have any more tips and tricks, please feel free to share them with me.

Back-to-School – Coolest 90s Style School Supplies

Can you smell it? First day of school is in the air. Last week, some students went back to school and this week the rest will be attending class. Also, let’s not forget you mom’s out there that took the summer off to be with your kids. You’re going back-to-work too. Pretty exciting eh?

A friend of mine posted a picture on Instagram of her daughter’s first day going into the second grade. She was wearing a cat dress and had a blue zebra striped bag (most likely from Justice). It got me thinking. What was cool when I was going to school in the 80s and 90s?

Off to Pinterest I go.

Follow Jenny Jenny’s board The 90s on Pinterest.

WOW! Do you remember this stuff? Take a look at all the coolest 90s style school supplies I pinned below.

Do you remember Mr. Sketch markers*, troll pencil topper**, Yikes! pencils, New Kids on the Block pencil cases***?

Where you excited to go home from school, have your mom make you a snack so you could watch Full House, Family Matters and Saved By the Bell?

90s pencil collection

Recently, my parents sold their house in my hometown. While they were cleaning out the place, my mom gave me some pencils from my old pencil collection. Aren’t these cool? I actually brought a few of the silver sparkly ones to the office with me.

What school supplies do you remember the most from your childhood? Did you have any Lisa Frank supplies? What is the new in-thing for kids these days? Do they not care for Five Star binders anymore and all want iPads with wireless keyboards?

Talk to me.

 

* You can still  buy Mr. Sketch Markers at Staples.ca. Here’s a commercial for Mr. Sketch Markers.

** For you troll lovers, there are a lot of sellers on eBay selling lots of trolls. If you have one or two that you’re looking to get ride of, I would love to have it! Email me.

*** I’m pretty sure that this is the one that I had.

New Ottawa Tanger Outlets vs. Waterloo Premium Outlets

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“Dad! Take me SHOPPING!”

I’m sure you’ve heard by now that Ottawa’s west-end is getting new Tanger Outlets (opening October 2014) near the Canadian Tire Centre. Pretty exciting huh? But will they compare to the Waterloo Premium Outlets in Waterloo, New York. Don’t worry, I’m here to help.

Here is my Ottawa Tanger Outlets vs. Waterloo Premium Outlets in Waterloo, New York comparison:

Driving distance from Downtown Ottawa

Using the address for Fairmont Chateau Laurier (1 Rideau Street) as starting point.

Ottawa Tanger Outlets

  • 26 minutes

Waterloo Premium Outlets

  • 3 hours and 40 minutes (with a toll roads)

Stores that both outlets have*

Accessories

  • Aeropostale
  • American Eagle Outfitters
  • Banana Republic Factory Store
  • Brooks Brothers Factory Store
  • Calvin Klein
  • Claire’s
  • Coach
  • Guess Factory Store
  • J.Crew
  • Levi’s Outlet Store
  • Lids
  • Nike Factory Store
  • Nine West Outlet
  • Old Navy Outlet
  • Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store
  • Samsonite Factory Outlet
  • Sunglass Hut
  • Tommy Hilfiger

Clothing

  • Aeropostale
  • American Eagle Outfitters
  • Banana Republic Factory Store
  • Brooks Brothers Factory Store
  • Calvin Klein
  • Coach
  • Gap Factory Store
  • Guess Factory Store
  • Haggar Clothing Co.
  • J.Crew Factory
  • Levi’s Outlet Store
  • Motherhood Maternity
  • Nike Factory Store
  • Old Navy Outlet
  • Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store
  • Puma Outlet
  • Reebok
  • Tommy Hilfiger
  • Under Armour

Children’s Clothing

  • Carter’s / OshKosh B’gosh
  • Gap Factory Store
  • Guess Factory Store
  • J.Crew Factory
  • Levi’s Outlet Store
  • Nike Factory Store
  • Old Navy Outlet
  • Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store
  • Reebok
  • Tommy Hilfiger
  • Under Armour

Footwear

Specialty

  • Samsonite Factory Outlet

Stores that are unique to that outlet

Ottawa Tanger Outlets

Accessories

Clothing

Footwear

  • Adidas
  • Cole Haan Outlet
  • Naturalizer
  • Nike Factory Store

Specialty

Waterloo Premium Outlets

Accessories

Clothing

  • Ann Taylor Factory Store
  • BCBG Max Azria
  • Bon Worth
  • Casual Male XL
  • Champion
  • Chico’s
  • Christopher & Banks
  • Columbia Sportswear
  • Dressbarn
  • Dressbarn Woman
  • Eddie Bauer Outlet
  • HanesBrands
  • Izod
  • Jockey
  • Jones New York
  • Lane Bryant Outlet
  • Loft Outlet
  • Maidenform
  • Nautica
  • PacSun
  • Rue21
  • The Uniform Outlet
  • Van Heusen
  • VF Outlet
  • Wilsons Leather
  • Zumiez

Children’s Clothing

Footwear

Specialty

  • Bose
  • Chef’s Outlet
  • Corningware Corelle & More
  • The Cosmetics Company Store: MAC · Clinique · Bobbi Brown · Estée Lauder
  • Harry & David
  • Kitchen Collection
  • Mulberry Knoll
  • My Favorite Sports Store
  • Perfumania
  • Toys “R” Us Express
  • Vitamin World
  • Yankee Candle

Other malls close to the outlets

Ottawa Tanger Outlets

Waterloo Premium Outlets

So, what do you think? Is it still worth the drive to the Waterloo Premium Outlets? What are you’re thoughts? Which one is better?

 

 

* based on the information listed on their website store directory on August 28, 2014

Review of LAVISHY Wallets (from Lapeetz.com)

Pssst.. There’s a new Ottawa-based online store that just opened up and I need to tell you about it! It’s called Lapeetz. It’s an online store that mostly sells good quality and ethically made products, such as LAVISHY wallets, Dirkje baby wear and bohemian style purses and kid sweaters. You’ve got to have a look.

Lapeetz - Lavishy Wallets

The owner of Lapeetz was kind enough to let me try out a LAVISHY wallet so I could review it here. If you’re not familiar with LAVISHY wallets, LAVISHY is a Toronto based Canadian fashion accessory and design company. The company was founded in 2001. Since then, they have grown into this fabulous company that sells good quality animal-friendly vegan products (like these wallets).

Blue Bird Wallet

The wallet that I’ve been using for the past week is the stylish, faux leather, small blue bird appliqué wallet. I just love it. It makes me smile every time I pull it out of my purse. It fits everything that I would want to put in my wallet (cards, money, coupons, more money). It’s very functional and just the right size to throw into any purse (or diaper bag).

The LAVISHY wallets that Lapeetz is selling are very affordable:

$24.99 for the larger size

$19.99 for the smaller size

$9.99 for the coin purse

In addition to selling wallets, he is also selling LAVISHY luggage tags, coin purses and passport holders.

Have I convinced you on how cute these wallets are yet? Great! Do you want one? Yup! The owner of Lapeetz was kind enough to give me one of these fabulous wallets to giveaway to one lucky reader. We’re giving away the large peacock wallet. I love this one! Not only are peacocks in, the embroidery on this wallet is beautiful. Its thin design is great to fit in any size purse. It would also make a great birthday or Christmas gift for someone you love!

Peacock Wallet

This wallet features:

  • A funky embroidered peacock
  • 1 photo ID slot
  • 12 card slots
  • 2 sections for bills and recipts
  • 1 zipper closure for your change
  • Magnetic clasp

Please comment below and let me know what product you would like to receive for Christmas off the Lapeetz website to be entered into the giveaway. Giveaway is to open to all Canadian residents. Draw will be held on Saturday, August 23, 2014. All entries must be in by midnight on Friday, August 22 at 11:59pm. You will be contact by email if you win.

Not interested in entering the giveaway, but still interested in purchasing one of these products?

You can find Lapeeze’s products in-store at:

BUT if you visit Lapeetz online store and use the code: JENNYWEARSGLASSES You will get 20% off your entire order (coupon code is good until October 31, 2014).

Have any questions about the wallets or the Lapeetz, you can contact the owner here.

 

 

 

 

 

** I just wanted to give a BIG THANK YOU to Lapeetz for providing the above product to review, as well as giving me one LAVISHY wallet to giveaway to a lucky reader. The opinions shared are my own and are honest.

Thrift Store Find: Brownie’s Pin

Found this cute little girl at a local thrift store in Stittsville , Ontario. Let me know if you’re interested in this. I’m selling it for $5 (Canadian). Will ship.

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