Sara Benzinger is a Bethel mom of two who is bringing an innovative (and can I say genius) idea to Bethel’s Historical Society once a month starting Saturday May 11th. Sara, a former elementary school teacher, has always been big on consignment. When she was pregnant with her first, she realized there was nowhere in our area to consign maternity clothes. Now, she’s hoping to change that with Honey Bee Maternity pop-up shops.
Where are you originally from and how long have you lived in Bethel?
I am born and raised in Bethel!
Child(ren) and Age(s)?
My son, Levi, is 4 years old and my daughter, Ivy, is 18 months old.
One thing people would be surprised to know about you…
I love to crochet! I make everything from wall hangings to baby rattles to mittens. There’s something so therapeutic about it to me!
Favorite things to do with your kids?
Rocking out to Queen! Levi is their number one fan! We love music in all its forms, and going to our Music Together class on Fridays is one of our favorite parts of the week. We also love going to the library, reading books together, visiting the zoo, and playing at area parks.
Favorite spot in our area?
Greenwood Avenue in Bethel is one of my favorite places. We are a family of foodies, so I especially appreciate the selection of restaurants!
What is your proudest mommy moment?
It sounds silly, but recently, I overheard my son sweetly helping his little sister blow her nose and telling her “good job!” The little glimpses I catch of my children growing into caring, considerate humans are what make me most proud.
Can you share why you decided to create Honey Bee Maternity?
This is an idea I’ve had in mind for a long time, and now I am finally able to make it a reality! I love the fact that through this business, I can help out other moms and moms-to-be in the community, whether they want to save on a maternity wardrobe or clean out clothes they no longer need.
One of the things that surprised me when we first talked was that there are different ways to consign goods. Can you outline how Honey Bee will work?
For anyone who wishes to sell their items to us, Honey Bee Maternity will purchase items up front. First, we plan a time to meet, then I select the items that I’d like to purchase, and make you an offer! For right now, I won’t be buying items at the pop-ups, but in the future that’s something I’d definitely like to do, so stay tuned!
I love that! It’s such a great way to spring clean/Marie Kondo unused maternity clothes, while recycling your clothes to another home. Can you share a little bit more about your first pop up on 5/11?
On May 11, from 12 to 4 pm, Honey Bee Maternity will be open for shopping, with gently used maternity clothing for all seasons and all stages of pregnancy. We have everything from leggings and tees, to dresses for your baby shower. You’ll also be able to find nursing tops and dresses, belly bands, and even a curated selection of gently used children’s books (since I’m a former elementary teacher who loves children’s literature!) We’ll have information on community resources for parents, a raffle you can enter to win, as well as other vendors, to be announced. And since it’s going to be Mother’s Day Weekend, a little something special for the moms, of course!
Where can we expect to find you this summer? And how can moms get in touch with you?
Pop-ups will take place once a month at the Bethel Historical Society, at 40 Main Street in Bethel. Visit our website, honeybeematernityct.com, or follow us on Facebook and Instagram to stay up-to date on our upcoming pop-up shops. Send me an email at [email protected] or send me a message on social media to get in touch!
You can follow Honey Bee Maternity here on Facebook and here on Instagram. Sara’s first pop- up shop will take place at the Bethel Historical Society, 40 Main Street, Bethel on Saturday May 11 from 12PM to 4PM . She is also accepting goods for sale on 4/27 and 4/28. Details are here.