We love to share stories about successful women in WNY! Here's what a local mom has to say about starting & running her own business.
Joyce Doyle Barnwell of MA-MA Sales:
"I am originally from CT. My husband moved here so he could start his career as a Philosophy Professor at Niagara University. I left my career of eleven years as a fourth grade teacher to move here. I just assumed I would find a new school and continue my teaching career. The market was very tough here and I could not find another teaching placement. So we started our family instead! After I had my son Greydan I read about these seasonal consignment sales that were happening all over the mid-west. I had never run a business before but decided that this sounded like a great idea. One night while I was nursing Greydan the name of my business came to me "MA-MA Sales" and the tag line "The consignment sale where moms can $ave and MAke MAd money!" The next morning I drove to Lockport and took out my business license and as they say the rest is history!
I like to keep my sales manageable. I don't want to be the biggest sale out there, I want to be the nicest most organized sale. Other sales charge their moms to shop. I don't believe in that. I want moms to come and find great bargains and leave happy with nice new to them things for their families. I also always make sure that my sales are stroller friendly, I leave plenty of room between racks when we set up and I choose venues that don't have any stairs to worry about. I go out of my way to accommodate my consignors because my goal is to help them find a home for the things their family no longer needs or uses without that home becoming the landfill!
I have always welcomed vendors because I want to support mom business owners. This sale I am excited to say we have seven moms coming as vendors to set up and promote their businesses.
I believe in consignment so I like to put out information about the local consignment shops free of charge that are open all year round. At the end of my sales if the consignor does not sell all of their items they can come pick them up and sell them elsewhere. They can also donate their items. This sales donations will be going to support Niagara Family Services. I like to keep our donations local and make sure that they will be given out for free.
We are a children's, women's and maternity consignment event.
We have two sales this spring. The first one is in Lewiston at the First Presbyterian Church, 505 Cayuga St. on March 9th from 1-8, March 10th from 9-2 and March 11th from 12-3.
We have a second sale in Lockport on March 30th from 1-8 and March 31st from 9-2 at the Victory Christian Church, 6886 S. Transit Rd. in Lockport.
Our website is www.mamasales.com.
The consignment sale where moms $ave and MAke MAd money!"