Dagenham mum launches market offering cut-price children’s goods

PUBLISHED: 07:00 16 February 2016

Leyla Amatullah with her daughter Aiza Saqib

Leyla Amatullah with her daughter Aiza Saqib


A budding businesswoman is launching a monthly market offering nearly new children’s goods to parents.

Mum-of-two Leyla Amatullah, from Dagenham, said she realised there was a gap in the market for well-priced clothes and toys after visiting a Mum2mum market in Hertfordshire.

As someone who has worked in nurseries and childminded for more than a decade, the 28-year-old felt that she was well-placed to make a go of things.

“I thought it was such a good idea as parents can buy inexpensive things,” Leyla explained.

“So I decided to buy the franchise in Barking and Dagenham.”

Items are sold as much as 80 per cent less than the retail price, making them far more affordable than in the shops.

Leyla’s first market will be held at Hatfield Community Hall in Hatfield Road, Dagenham, on Sunday from 2pm to 4pm.

Adult admission costs £2 on the door and there is free entry for the last half hour of the sale. Goody bags will be handed out to the first 100 arrivals and drinks and cakes will be on sale.

Parents can also sell their unwanted goods by getting in touch with Leyla ahead of the sale.

“I will check that everything is in a good condition before the sale starts – that the toys are working and there are no tears in the clothes,” Leyla assured.

And she plans to extend into Barking if things go well, juggling the business around the needs of her six-month-old and four-year-old daughters.

“Barking and Dagenham is such a big area so it would be good to have one for each area further down the line,” Leyla explained.

“It’s hard work but it’s rewarding and I enjoy it.

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