EASTCHESTER, N.Y. – Eastchester is going to be seeing double in two weeks, when the Lower Westchester Mothers of Multiples (LWMOM) hosts its 15th annual tag sale at the Tuckahoe Community Center.
From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 6, the LWMOM will have a myriad of toys, books, furniture, clothes and other items for sale that can accommodate twins, triplets and families that have or are expecting multiple children.
Each year, the organization sells anything a parent could need, for children of all ages. The sale will feature everything from Baby Bjorn carriers, Fisher Price toys, board games and a variety of clothes, separated by gender and age.
After last year’s tag sale saw a steady flow of shoppers flooding through the door, LWMOM President Marisa Horowitz-Jaffe said that her organization has streamlined the checking out process by creating a computer program to assist shoppers.
“We had an unprecedented number of buyers come through last year, and they showed amazing patience in line,” she said. “All sorts of people attend the tag sale, not just parents. We find a lot of pediatric therapists stop by to scoop up some new toys or items to use at their practice.”
According to the LWMOM, multiple births have become more common than ever, making the organization more important than ever. Women are waiting longer to become mothers and twins occur more frequently in mothers older than 35 years old. The increased popularity of in vitro fertilization has also led to an increase in the trend.
LWMOM was created in 1997 to help with the challenges that mothers and families face raising multiples. There are more than 200 members throughout Westchester that use the organization as a lifeline and make use of its resources as they raise their families.
Horowitz-Jaffe noted that this is the only fund-raiser the organization hosts east year, and it funds most of the events throughout the year. Anything that isn’t sold during the tag sale will be donated to several local charities.
“We believe that our local community benefits from the bargains available to help buy items for their children,” she said. “Any unsold items at the end of the sale are earmarked for specific local charities. We box everything up and all they do is stop by to pick up our donation. So no matter what, everything is gone by the end of the sale!”