Why I Shop Half-Pint – Robin’s story

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“Our Fall 2014 Half Pint Haul Final Tally is a new record for us in savings. I was able to purchase 12 books, a Baby Cie dish set, 2 pairs boots, 22 pairs big girl underpants, 1 Party in My Tummy game, 1 pair blue suede shoes, another leopard faux fur coat (it’s a tradition now), 1 winter coat, 2 pairs snow pants, a handmade quilt, a doctor’s dress up outfit, wool mittens, 2 dresses, 12 shirts, 3 pair pants, 2 sweaters, 2 hoodies, 2 pairs of fuzzy pajamas, and an umbrella stroller (not pictured.) And, an Elvis pink motorcycle jacket!!! So many good brands in here, too: Gymboree, Hannah Andersson, Gap, Fresh Produce, Land’s End, etc.  Full retail estimated value of the haul: $1032 Total amount spent? $156.50  #hpscore

I can remember going with my sister to one of the first ones at the Labor Temple when she was pregnant with my nephew in 2007.  We’ve been consigning and shopping since Spring 2012, after our little one arrived, so this was our sixth sale of consigning and shopping!  It is by far the smoothest and easiest process compared to other consignment options. I’ve made it my little tradition between Half Price morning and bin pickup to do that “what it would cost at full retail” tally.  The results have been pretty astounding each time.  Spring 2013 we got about $550 worth of stuff for about $90.  Fall 2013 the tally was $725 in stuff for about $92.  Spring 2014 was $800 worth of stuff for about $134. And now this fall’s record.
I love the sense of camaraderie during drop-off and the fun conversations while waiting in line.  I truly appreciate being to able to support a homegrown, local resale and being able to shop in a way that aligns with our eco-friendly ethos at home.  As Emma grows, she gets to learn the value of money and how to be thrifty in a fun way.  When I came home from the consignor sale on Friday, she was thrilled to see “A bag of treasure for me!  Oooh-la-la!”  If I consign about as much as I spend, it’s like the ultimate recycling circle!”

-Robin S

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