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Connecting moms through consignment

12/09/13 22:34

Queen City Blogger Emily Parrott Cooper, of Olde Foxcroft, began working with her friend Leigh in 2011 with MyMomGroup. Over the past 6 months, they began working on a new iPhone App called Mom To Mom Consign App! Keep reading to learn more about Mom To Mom Consign and how you can make money from your child’s old clothes!!

Q. How did you get the idea for the Mom to Mom consignment app?

A. We had the MyMomGroup website, and discovered that moms were using it often to buy and sell children’s items. We found that moms wanted an easier way to list items for sale, and a way to purchase gently used children’s clothing, toys and gear, so we started work to develop the iPhone app.

Q. What exactly does the app entail?

A. Moms (anyone, really) can buy or sell gently used children’s clothing, toys and gear. The great thing about the app is that the entire buying and/or selling process happens on the iPhone (or other app-compatible device). You can take and upload pictures of items for sale, purchases are done through PayPal, and you are able to easily buy and print shipping labels when an item sells. Buyers can search by category, subcategory, or size. Sellers can indicate large items like furniture and strollers to be for local pick-up only. When the newest update is available in the Apple App Store (hopefully by December 15), you will be able to save your searches, and you’ll also be able to search items by city.

Q. Is it a local thing?

A. No, Mom to Mom is an app that can be used nationwide. We currently have items for sale by sellers from 19 different cities.

Q. What are your favorite features?

A. The ability to do it ALL from my phone. I can shop in the carpool line, or list items from my living room without the need for a camera or computer.

Q. What has been your feedback so far?

A. We have received great feedback from our users so far. They love the ease of the whole process. Of course sellers would love for all of their items to sell the same day they list them, but we feel confident that as the number of users grows, items will sell easily and more quickly.

Q. How many users do you currently have?

A. We have over 900 users to date who have downloaded the app, and created an account with Mom To Mom Consign.

Q. Will you eventually charge for the app?

A. We don’t plan to ever charge for the app. Mom To Mom Consign charges a small percentage of each sale so that we can keep the app free.

Q. How long did it take to create the app?

A. The development process took about 4 months to complete.

Q. Is this a one time thing, or will you create other parent apps?

A. I think it all depends on how this one goes, and it would have to be something I’m passionate about like I am with consignment.

Q. What has been your favorite part of the venture?

A. I have really enjoyed working on a project that has to do with something I love…children’s consignment. I love a good deal, but especially on children’s clothing and gear that they tend to outgrow so fast. I have also loved working with my business partner, Leigh Humphrey, and our website and app developer, David Gable.

Q. How long have you been writing the Queen City Blog?

A. I have been writing The Queen City Buzz ( independently for a little over 2 years. For 2 years before that, I was a part of a larger company, and the local calendar/blog was called Charlotte Family Buzz.

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