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Rhea Lana’s

Jason and I both feel that this past year was stressful and rewarding, all at the same time.  But when our year actually finished we knew that part of our journey was only just beginning.  We took a lot of “risks” in that year.  The risk of writing Chris a letter, the risk of us not getting picked, then the risk of actually doing the show, the risk of getting surgery and the list goes on.  Part of the lesson that we learned is that some risks truly do pay off.  Sometimes you have to be a little scared at first and it can turn into the most successful thing.  It’s partly because of this last year that finally decided to pursue something that we had wanted to for quite some time.  Today this doesn’t necessarily have to do with “weight loss”, but stepping out of your comfort zone and doing something new.  Something we want to share with all of our readers!

We are excited to announce that we are bringing something “new” to South Eastern Michigan that will help benefit moms and families with their shopping experience.

Many of you may know that Jason and I lived in Northwest Arkansas for a period of time for Jason’s work.  When Sam and Sabrina were born in 2007, I left my full time job as a special education teacher to stay home full time with our children.  Because of this, I was always looking for a great deal on children’s clothing.  Yes, I liked to dress the kids cute, but I also had to stay within a budget.

While living in NW Arkansas, I had the opportunity to participate in several Rhea Lana’s, an upscale children’s consignment event business.  I LOVED IT and I had never participated in anything but a Mom-To-Mom sale before.  I thought it was SO much better!  Instead of having to run my booth at a Mom-To-Mom sale and haggle with people over prices, I was simply able to drop off my items and return when the sale ended.  To me, it was a much better experience.  I was able to price my items the way I wanted and I was able to freely shop other items.  At the end of the sale, I just picked up my check and left over items—and I usually didn’t have much left!

When we returned home to Michigan, I kept thinking what a shame it was that we didn’t have a sale like that here.  You can find so many awesome items at Rhea Lana’s sales—and not just clothing.  There are children’s books, games, and toys.  Infant items such as bedding, cribs, high chairs, and pack n’ plays.  Maternity items are available as well!  I was bummed that we didn’t have one here.  Jason and I kept talking about the possibility of opening a franchise here, but then, as you all know, the last year has been beyond hectic with us transforming our lives on Extreme Weight Loss.

Now that our year journey is complete, we are looking toward the future with new health and new goals.  Jason and I both want to help others with their weight loss journey, while still continuing to work on our own.  But I am also passionate about being a mom and helping other moms–this opportunity was a perfect fit!!!  And so, this October, Jason and I are bringing the first ever Rhea Lana’s event here to Michigan!  We will have our dates and location available soon, plus a FAQ to help you moms through your first sale.

This is something I truly believe in.  Raising children is expensive enough and I feel like Rhea Lana’s allows an opportunity for moms to help other moms.  There are even volunteer opportunities available so that you can shop even earlier.  I will share more information about the company and sale, but until then you can read all about Rhea Lana’s at their website:  www.rhealana.com.

Please, stay tuned to our blog and Facebook pages, we will have a link to our own personal Rhea Lana’s website very soon.  And moms, starting cleaning out your closets!

Some of you (like me, in the beginning) have no idea what a children’s consignment sale is.  Here are some FAQ’s to hopefully clear up some questions:

What is a children’s consignment sale? 

An event held bi-annually that allows moms to both sell and purchase HIGH QUALITY children’s clothing on consignment.  Specifically, Rhea Lana’s (the name of our sale) gives consignors a very generous 70% of the sale price (which they choose).  We also GUARANTEE no lost items!  Consignors checks and reports are available on the Pick Up Day after the sale.

Isn’t this the same as a Mom-to-Mom sale?

Here in Michigan, Mom-to-Mom sales are very popular—as they should be—moms are looking for great deals on clothing and children’s items.  But, at most Mom-to-Mom sales you not only have to price and display your items, but run the sale yourself AND haggle with shoppers over prices. At our Rhea Lana’s event you can price and prep your items and simply DROP OFF your items before the sale.  You may then shop our sale or just relax and wait for your items to sell.  After the sale is finished, you can pick up your check and any left over items!  It’s that easy!

Why is this better than a consignment store?

Most consignment stores give 50-50%, while Rhea Lana’s will give you 70% (of the price you select).  Also, you are essentially buying and selling directly from other mothers and families that understand the need to find QUALITY clothing at a reasonable price.

Do you only carry children’s clothing?

No, not at all!  At our event we carry high quality toys, children’s books, and video games.  We also carry children’s furniture, nursery furniture and bedding, maternity clothing, infant equipment (such as car seats, high chairs, strollers, pack n’ plays, etc.)  If you are wondering about a certain item, please ask!

How often is the sale?

The sale is held bi-annually, once in the fall and once in the spring.

 

If you are interested in becoming a Rhea Lana’s Franchise – check out: http://rhealana.com/franchise-opportunities#.UelG_cDD-Uk and tell them we sent you!