By Half-Pint Resale

Acceptable shopping bags / assists

As you are aware, we are extremely limited on space between racks and in aisles on the sales floor. It is dangerous when there are unattended or obstructive shopping carts on the sales floor, as people can easily trip and fall during busy times of the sale when we have hundreds of people trying to shop at once.

To make shopping easier and safer, we are asking people to use acceptable shopping bags/helpers during our busiest times (Friday volunteer sale;  Saturday before noon).

You cannot use, during these times:  4-wheeled wagons, strollers (of any variety), laundry baskets, or bins to shop with. Additionally, all unattended shopping bags/helpers (except those that are temporarily housed in the Hold Area) will be removed from the sale.

These are acceptable shopping bags/helpers that will be allowed into the sale:

 

Thank you for your cooperation in making this a safe and comfortable experience for all shoppers!

Consignor Limits

*10 BIN LIMIT!*

Space is limited!  Unfortunately- our space is not growing with us, so we need your help.  We love the Madison Curling Club and intend to continue to host the sale at this awesome location.  We need you to be extra diligent to only bring your best sellable items to the sale.    We are going to be enforcing the consignment limitation this sale to make sure that all consignors can sell those coveted items that our shoppers come looking for.   What you need to know……

A MAXIMUM OF 10 BINS OF WEARABLES ITEMS PER CONSIGNOR:

  • This includes all clothing, outerwear, shoes/boots, pajamas, undergarments, diapers, accessories, etc. If you put it on your body, it needs to fit in one of your 10 bins.
  • Bins need to be reasonably sized. Think of a bin that you can easily carry, that would fit two adult sleeping bags rolled, a king-size comforter, or a bundle of wood- you get the idea.  This should be 18-20 gallon capacity on average.  NOT to exceed 24 Gallon!
  • Larger bins (over 25-gallon, trunk sized, typically on wheels, or require- two people to carry) will be counted as 2 bins towards your 10-bin total.

 Examples of 18-20 gallon bins:

      OVERSIZED BINS (will be counted as 2-3 bins depending on actual size):

GOOD NEWS:  There is NO MAXIMUM for non-wearable items: 

  • This includes: gear, furniture, toys, baby feeding, sports equipment, books, games etc.

Community.

The thing we love the most about Half-Pint Resale isn’t the cute cheap kids clothing and toys and everything else we need (although, don’t get us wrong, it’s high on the list), but the Community that Half-Pint Resale creates.

It’s full – to the brim! – with people who care about each other and want to support each other, and want the best for each other.   We see it at the sale, we see it in line when people are chatting and meeting new friends.  We see it in consignors who are parting with their favorite stripey sleeper because while it’s hard to pass it on, they can’t wait to see someone else find their treasure and love it and make memories in it just like they did.  We see it in volunteers who sign up for the same shift every year or with the same people, because even though they didn’t know each other prior to the sale, they are now Half-Pint friends.

And we see it in the Supporters who keep Half-Pint free for ALL shoppers, and for the services that they provide for the community.  

We hope that you’ll take a gander at all they have to offer;  and if you use their services, tell them Half-Pint Resale sent you.

forward fertilityForward Fertility is a Madison, Wisconsin based surrogacy and egg donor agency that helps connects healthy women who want to be egg donors or surrogates with families in need of these services. Run by Christie Olsen, a women’s health nurse practitioner, Forward Fertility is Madison’s go-to resource for egg donation and surrogacy. Look for the free information sessions that are held each Spring and Fall to learn more about becoming a surrogate or forming your family through surrogacy!

swim westIt is summer year round at SwimWest Swim School! Enroll in year round, indoor, warm water lessons to keep up your child’s swimming skills all year. Swimming is the only sport that can save your child’s life. Stop by the SwimWest table for a free family swim pass!

huckleberry and persimmonHuckleberry & Persimmon is a place for families to grow, offering social/play groups for infants & young children, parent workshops, and enchrichment classes for kids. Be sure to check out our table at the spring sale for a chance to win a free membership and our flyer for a pass to Mayhem Open Gym or Splatter Open Art!


1 UPH - Meriter 2 color Horizontal Logo (1)UnityPoint Health – Meriter
is devoted to your families’ health and happiness. With primary care clinics around Dane County, as well as virtual care and after-hours options, your convenience is our priority. Our primary care physicians offer complimentary meet and greet visits … not sure which doctor is right for you family, simply call the clinic most convenient to you. Don’t have time to come into the clinic for a minor health need, learn more about virtual care options at unitypoint.org/virtual care.

Infant Learning LabHave a baby at home? At the UW-Madison Infant Learning Lab, we share your excitement about your baby’s language learning. With your help, we hope to begin to understand how infants learn about their native language. Over 1,500 Dane County families participate in our studies each year! If you’d like to learn more about how babies learn, and about opportunities to participate in our studies, visit our lab website or email us at babies@waisman.wisc.edu.

HulafrogHulafrog Madison – Subscribe to Hulafrog to find the best local events, activites, and businesses that cater to kids and families!  Hulafrog Madison curates the best local events, activities, and businesses that cater to kids and families in our area. Visit the site daily to find tons of awesome events and recommendations from area parents. Subscribe to their free newsletter and be ‘in the know’ about fun events going on around town that you and your kids won’t want to miss!   Half-Pint Resale is proud to be the 2014 and 2015 Most-Loved Hula-frog Children’s Consignment Sale!

GS_WISCONSIN_badgerl_servicemarkGirl Scouts of WI Badgerland Council – The Girl Scouts continues their mission by building girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. We’re the preeminent leadership development organization for girls. And with programs for girls from coast to coast and across the globe, Girl Scouts offers every girl a chance to do something amazing.   Interested in learning more about the Girl Scout Program? Try GirlTime this summer from home! GirlTime is a fun introduction to Girl Scouting to do together at home! GirlTime is ideal for girls wanting to try Girl Scouts before joining a troop and for girls who want to continue the fun throughout the summer!

Madison Area Midwives –  Madison and its surrounding areas are rich in maternity care options for childbearing families. Resources include doulas, childbirth education choices, lactation services and midwives for home and hospital settings. These midwives are currently practicing in the Madison area, attending women at home, and in the Meriter hospital birthing center.

Mothers’ Milk Alliance – Mothers’ Milk Alliance was born in 2007 from the meeting of two mothers: one with extra breastmilk and one with low milk supply. Both dilemmas are common and have occurred throughout time.   One timeless solution has been milk sharing. Shared breastmilk can optimize infant health and nutrition, while profoundly strengthening social bonds and community resilience. But many mothers either do not know another breastfeeding woman or do not feel comfortable asking for such intimate help. Moreover, mothers want basic assurance that milk from another woman is safe. Their healthcare practitioners want this too.   Mothers’ Milk Alliance is an informed choice model of human milk sharing that facilitates donor lab testing, safety education and health screening, and free and local accessibility for infants up to 6 months of age.

NuturingTouchTherapy –  Provides caring support using craniosacral therapy and a variety of modalities for infants, children and adults with a variety of needs. I provide a full service lactation service for parents with challenges in the newborn stage to assist with a successful nursing experience.  I also provide therapy services to families having challenges as well as caring support for fussy babies.

Amandalynn Jones:  Professional Photographer – Amandalynn Jones is a portrait artist and freelance photographer, focusing on creating images that tell stories of genuine emotion and character.

Babywearing International of Madison – Babywearing International of Madison is a Wisconsin chapter of Babywearing International, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to promote babywearing as a universally accepted practice, with benefits for both child and caregiver, through education and support. In addition to mainstream education sessions, workshops, and events, BWI-Madison strives to promote babywearing in all communities, with a targeted focus on underserved populations. Through partnerships with community organizations and resources, we reach out to a diverse population of caregivers and empower them to keep their children close, and experience the many benefits of babywearing.    They have monthly meetings, online support, alending library, and provide outreach to the community.

Speaking of outreach, find the awesome members of BWI Madison at Half-Pint near the baby carriers, helping you make informed choices!    We’re sooo very excited to have them back!

Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream – making and selling over 110 flavors of Wisconsin’s finest super-premium ice cream. You want nutrition? Eat carrots.
kindred_kids_logo_w_resale_libraryKindred Kids – Kindred Kids is a community resource providing affordable, quality children’s items to all children, with an environmental conscience which believes in reducing waste by reusing children’s items. Our proceeds from our resale store benefit our social mission of providing a free lending library of toys, specialized equipment and resources to children with special needs

Food Carts!

Food Carts

 

We’re a tad too excited for our Food Cart options this sale! We strongly believe in making your time at Half-Pint totally fun and delicious.

Friday, 10:30am-5:00pm  – Toast, the Taste of Madison award winner for the absolute best combinations of delicious, fresh ingredients and homemade sauces in a hot, pressed Panini!

Saturday, 10:30am-1:30pm –  Ich Liebe Dich Mac’n’Cheese, the Purveyors of Gourmet Baked Mac ‘n Cheese!

 

What's New

Tips for Good Labels!

What's New

It’s important that you have good labels.  Scanned labels are accurate labels!

Here are some random thoughts on how to make good labels:

  • Make sure that you aren’t printing to “Fit”.  You want to print “Actual Size”.  If you print to “Fit”, the labels will print off of the labels.
  • If your labels end up off, what is most important is that the full width of the barcode, the price, and the consignor number
  • It’s important that you are not printing in color.  When several colors overlap to make black, the barcode doesn’t scan well.  Print in black.
  • Laser print!  If you have an inkjet printer, you may want to consider finding a place where you can laser print.  Inkjet printers are much more likely to not print a quality barcode.
  • If you look at your printed label, and it looks at all fuzzy, it will not scan.  Please reprint.
  • Barcodes must be white!  You may not use colored labels.
  • You cannot copy your barcodes more than once.  So for example:
    • Print your barcodes directly on labels, and put the labels on tag templates, which you then copy to use as your tags.
    • Print your barcodes on paper, and then copy the paper barcodes onto labels, which you then put directly on your tags.

What are your tips?

 

What's New

Gender-Based Signs at Half-Pint

What's New

We agree – kids should be kids, and all kids should love all types of play, all types of colors, all types of clothes.

We love that some stores are beginning to take away gendered signs.  We have often thought about doing the same.  We have had many passionate parents even ask us if we could.  It’s not that we don’t want to, but let us explain.

The entire sale is filled with items, brought in by consignors, in just hours.  600+ consignors bring in their items and have to put their items on the sales floor in the proper places, and want to get in and out as soon as possible!   Volunteers want items to have been put on the sales floor in the right spot – like by like!   There are just a few short hours to get the entire sales floor ready for the sale.  From 8pm until 11pm, volunteers work frantically to make sure everything is organized.  The less work that they need to do, the more likely that the sale is easy to shop.

And we know shoppers want to be fast.  Most people only have a short period of time to shop and they want to zero-in on where they need to go.  Me?    My youngest is a slender 7 year old who loves crafts, and soft bright colored pants.  For him I shop in 5, 6 and 7 boys, and 7 girls for slimmer fitting bright colored straight legged jeans and soft pants.  I shop in the craft area, game area, and boy toys (because he also loves star wars and pokemon with a vengence).  And I always peruse the girls toys and the nursery area, because you never know what might catch my eye (like the cloud lamp I bought him last sale).  And I always shop girl and boy shoes because he really loves all colors and tends to have narrow feet.   I don’t feel funny about it, because he doesn’t shop with me, and even if he did, he knows what he likes and what fits.

That said, we have no interest in making children feel sad, confused, or stereotyped about anything!  Starting this sale, after Consignors have come and brought their items and after the volunteers are done sorting, we plan to remove the ‘boy toy” and “girl toy” signs.  We will re-label them simply with “toddler toys” and “big kid toys”, and perhaps some more specific signs as able and appropriate.   We will keep the clothing signs as they are.  Not sure if your item goes on the boy or girl side?  Ask a friend or another consignor and they can help you decide.  We know that with itty bitties it seems extra ridiculous, but our gender neutral areas have NEVER been shopped well (for the same reasons as we listed above).

We’ll see how it goes for shoppers and revaluate after the sale.  Let us know how it goes!

You’re the Best.

The thing we love the most about Half-Pint Resale isn’t the cute cheap kids clothing and toys and everything else we need (although, don’t get us wrong, it’s high on the list), but the Community that Half-Pint Resale creates.

It’s full – to the brim! – with people who care about each other and want to support each other, and want the best for each other.   We see it at the sale, we see it in line when people are chatting and meeting new friends.  We see it in consignors who are parting with their favorite stripey sleeper because while it’s hard to pass it on, they can’t wait to see someone else find their treasure and love it and make memories in it just like they did.  We see it in volunteers who sign up for the same shift every year or with the same people, because even though they didn’t know each other prior to the sale, they are now Half-Pint friends.

And we see it in the Supporters who keep Half-Pint free for ALL shoppers, and for the services that they provide for the community.  

We hope that you’ll take a gander at all they have to offer;  and if you use their services, tell them Half-Pint Resale sent you.

 

Fullscreen capture 292015 35222 PMForward Fertility-   Working closely with surrogates and egg donors to help form loving families for those who need help on their journey to becoming parents.  Forward Fertility is an innovative progressive business run by Christie Olsen, a women’s health nurse practitioner and Madison-loving resident since 2002. Primarily, Forward Fertilityprovides professional guidance and support to women who want to be egg donors or surrogates along with the same exceptional service for the parents-to-be seeking surrogates and/or egg donors.  Forward Fertility is also committed to the community at large to improve “Fertility Literacy” – increasing awareness about fertility testing, treatments, options, and education. This has been done through newspaper articles, radio interview, free information sessions across the state.

 

swimwest_new11_colorSwim West   Half-Pint’s oldest supporter, and the place that both Lisa and Ellen’s kids learned to swim!!  The only sport that saves a life. Swim Safer, Swim Smarter.
SwimWest has two location, Fitchburg and West Madison. Warm water to keep your babies warm while learning to be safer in and around the water. We have on going registration and welcome you to come in and try us out for free at either of our locations. We have small classes, certified teachers with friendly staff ready to assist you where ever needed. Come and visit us today.

 

huckleberry and persimmon Huckleberry & Persimmon is a place for families to grow.   Huckleberry & Persimmon is a new small business on the west side of Madison. We offer children’s enrichment classes including science, art, movement, music, and language for Littles (1-3 years) and Bigs (2-5 years). We offer a parent/infant social group, Itty Bitties, and an open play group, Mayhem Hour, for kids to burn off that extra energy before bed! Parent/caregiver workshops will also be offered on a variety of topics.

Half Pint Resale shoppers will receive a coupon for discounted class registration and a free pass to Mayhem Hour! There will also be drawings at the sale for a $50 gift certificate, tee shirts, and other fun prizes!  And don’t miss their Grand Opening on September 19, 3:30-6pm!  

Meriter UnityPoint
Meriter – UnityPoint Health – Coordinating your care from the doctor’s office to the hospital and back home.  Meriter – UnityPoint Health makes it easy to get your family in to see a doctor through same-day appointments and extended hours, as well as a pediatric after-hours clinic open nights and weekends. Our health care professionals and physicians all work toward the same goal: individualized, coordinated care for the patients we treat so every patient can be healthy every day. The point of everything we do is you.

 

Hulafrog

Hulafrog Madison – Subscribe to Hulafrog to find the best local events, activites, and businesses that cater to kids and families!  Hulafrog Madison curates the best local events, activities, and businesses that cater to kids and families in our area. Visit the site daily to find tons of awesome events and recommendations from area parents. Subscribe to their free newsletter and be ‘in the know’ about fun events going on around town that you and your kids won’t want to miss!

Half-Pint Resale is proud to be the 2014 and 2015 Most-Loved Hula-frog Children’s Consignment Sale!

 

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Unity Health Insurance, a local leader in health and wellness, provides top-rated health plans to more than 175,000 members throughout southwestern and south central Wisconsin.  When looking for a health plan, choose the one that offers you great doctors and guaranteed access to all UW Health physicians. When you choose Unity, you receive Quality care, Consistent service and Convenient access to a large network of doctors and innovative health and wellness programs. As your health plan, our goal is to exceed your expectations in everything we do.

 

Nicki's DiapersNicki’s Diapers The Next Generation of Cloth Diapers!
Cooperative Playgroup of Madison – a place for families/nannies to build community, support each other, and spend time together while participating in their young children’s play and socialization in a safe and stimulating environment.

Madison Area Midwives –  Madison and its surrounding areas are rich in maternity care options for childbearing families. Resources include doulas, childbirth education choices, lactation services and midwives for home and hospital settings. These midwives are currently practicing in the Madison area, attending women at home, and in the Meriter hospital birthing center.

Mothers’ Milk Alliance – Mothers’ Milk Alliance was born in 2007 from the meeting of two mothers: one with extra breastmilk and one with low milk supply. Both dilemmas are common and have occurred throughout time.   One timeless solution has been milk sharing. Shared breastmilk can optimize infant health and nutrition, while profoundly strengthening social bonds and community resilience. But many mothers either do not know another breastfeeding woman or do not feel comfortable asking for such intimate help. Moreover, mothers want basic assurance that milk from another woman is safe. Their healthcare practitioners want this too.   Mothers’ Milk Alliance is an informed choice model of human milk sharing that facilitates donor lab testing, safety education and health screening, and free and local accessibility for infants up to 6 months of age.

Middleton Preschool – Offering both half day preschool and 4K, Middleton Preschool takes pride in helping prepare preschool aged children for success in kindergarten and beyond.  Welcome to Middleton Preschool! We take pride in helping prepare preschool aged children for success in kindergarten and beyond. Our curriculum encourages social, mental, emotional and physical growth in a safe and healthy environment for all of our children. Please, come and take a closer look at Middleton Preschool’s teaching philosophy, enrollment guidelines, curriculum and objectives that we strive to offer our children each and every school year.


madison stackedBabywearing International of Madison – Babywearing International of Madison is a Wisconsin chapter of Babywearing International, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to promote babywearing as a universally accepted practice, with benefits for both child and caregiver, through education and support. In addition to mainstream education sessions, workshops, and events, BWI-Madison strives to promote babywearing in all communities, with a targeted focus on underserved populations. Through partnerships with community organizations and resources, we reach out to a diverse population of caregivers and empower them to keep their children close, and experience the many benefits of babywearing.    They have monthly meetings, online support, a lending library, and provide outreach to the community.

Speaking of outreach, find the awesome members of BWI Madison at Half-Pint near the baby carriers, helping you make informed choices!    We’re sooo very excited ot have them back!

 
Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream – making and selling over 110 flavors of Wisconsin’s finest super-premium ice cream. You want nutrition? Eat carrots.

 
kindred_kids_logo_w_resale_libraryKindred Kids – Kindred Kids is a community resource providing affordable, quality children’s items to all children, with an environmental conscience which believes in reducing waste by reusing children’s items. Our proceeds from our resale store benefit our social mission of providing a free lending library of toys, specialized equipment and resources to children with special needs

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Madison Mom’s Blog – We are passionate about encouraging other Madison Moms to get out in our great community and try new things!

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Consignor and Volunteer Registration are Open July 15!
Fall – the leaves, the crisp weather!  Doesn’t sound SO awful when the heat and humidity hit.  Either way, we know people are already school shopping (ack!) so we may as well get fall prep underway!
There are a couple new little tidbits that might be of “news” to our returning Consignors.  Read more about these changes on our Consignor Page before you register.
Have you been to Half-Pint Resale? It’s the area’s largest children’s consignment sale, with items for kids ages 0-12, pregnant mommas, and new parents. With tens of thousands of items sold in just three days (see the video), local families can put their gently used goods back into the community and some money back in their pockets, and shoppers get great deals, knowing that their dollars are heading right back into the community.

REGISTER TO CONSIGN

For those of you who are new to consigning, check out the Consigning area of our website for loads of info that will explain how it all works, and learn about all of the fabulous perks of consigning including 70% of your sales (the highest of any other consignment sale in the area and always 70% whether or not you volunteer), and a special pre-sale all for you!

Barcodes you say?  Once you are registered through our online system, you be able to print out barcodes that correspond with your specific Consignor Number and the Price.  Barcodes are then copied easily onto labels.  Labels are affixed to a tag, giving you the flexibility to tag with a glass of wine in front of the TV or with a gaggle of friends (you can see where our priorities continue to lie, hey?).  Don’t worry, we spell it all out for you on our consignor page!

And guess what?  Choose to donate any goods not sold post sale to the non-profits that Half-Pint supports and you will be automatically be eligible to win a $100 Food Fight Gift Certifcate (yum!).

REGISTER TO VOLUNTEER

We have a lot of fun, so you should Join us! Plus, you get in to the first Presale! There are many kinds of volunteer opportunities and a huge variety of times available. Can’t make the presale? You can join us at the Consignor Presale instead!

Be a HALF-PINT SUPPORTER!

Want to get the word out about your family-friendly business/non-profit to area families? Find out more!

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