LAWRENCEVILLE -- Amanda DeLong had just learned she was having twins when a co-worker and friend told her about a club for mothers of multiples.
She was about five months into her pregnancy, her first, when she started attending the monthly meetings of Gwinnett Mothers of Multiples.
"No one in my family has ever had twins," DeLong said. "I was the first person and it came as a surprise, so I think I was seeking the support the club offered, having camaraderie with other parents of multiples."
DeLong has remained a part of the club for the same reasons -- support and wisdom from other mothers who have gone through, and are going through, similar experiences.
Current club president Peggi Fellows found Gwinnett Moms of Multiples online and joined in June 2004, just before she gave birth to her twins, a boy and a girl, in August.
"I knew I needed a support group because they were my first children, and only children, and I'm like, 'Well, I don't know how to do this. Two at once, you've got to be kidding me?'" she laughed.
Gwinnett Mothers of Multiples was founded in 1974 to be a source of information and support for mothers like DeLong and Fellows who are raising multiples. The club currently has 240 active members. Of those, about 165 have twins, about 34 have triplets and one mom is raising quadruplets.
Along with monthly meetings, Gwinnett Moms of Multiples organizes biannual consignment sales every spring and fall where participating moms are able to sell clothing -- both children's and maternity -- bedding, toys, twin and triplet clothing sets, car seats and more. The sales are the club's largest fundraisers.
DeLong said the consignment sales, of which she has been both a seller and a buyer, have been a tremendous benefit to her family, which now includes a singleton.
"Kids are expensive, especially having the three girls," she said. "The cost of clothing three girls is astronomical."
The club's spring consignment sale will be held Saturday and is open to the public. Parents are invited to shop whether or not they have multiples.
"Lots of our mothers of multiples also have singletons, sometimes singletons first and then twins or twins first and then singletons," Fellows said, "and like me, I have boy and girl twins so I don't have two sets of matching anything. It's definitely a good chance for anyone to come.
"If you need 12 highchairs, you can get them here," she continued, "because we probably have 100. If you need a triple stroller, we have it here. If you need four bouncy seats, we have them. If you're looking for that matching outfit, we probably have it."
The sale will be held from 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday followed by a half-price sale from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Salvation Army in Lawrenceville. For more information on the sale or Gwinnett Moms of Multiples, call 770-449-3848 or visit www.gmomc.org.