I know at Half-Pint we talk a lot about saving money – we are constantly on the look out for a thrifty buy or a good deal. But of the many reasons buying thrifty is important to us? It allows us to save enough money to buy other high quality items new.
To us, Just as important as buying green is buying independent and local.
Each time money is spent at a locally-owned business, the taxes stay in your community, and support needed resources such as schools, parks…and much more. Local businesses employ local people. Money spent at these stores and businesses supports your neighbors and friends who own them and are employed by them.
We know, we know – it’s hard to pass up all of the good deals on Black Friday, and we’re not admonishing you for shopping. But what we’re hoping is that with all of the money you’ve saved being thrifty over the year, you can spend some this holiday season at a local and independent business. It will be just as good for the community.
Do you know about Small Business Saturday? You may have seen it advertised: the idea is – specifically on Saturday of this week, go check-out some great small, independent stores in your community and find a few things for someone special on your list.
So we need your help.
You live all of our community, and you have favorite independent, local stores. We’d love to have a “half-pint” list of favorite local, independent stores. And this is where you come in!
Share with the Half-Pint community your favorite independent, local stores. Comment on our blog or respond to our facebook post with the following information, and we will pick one person to win a $100 gift certificate to the store in their comment/post.
Name of Store and website (if they have one), the general location
Why you love it! What kinds of stuff do you buy there, and for who?Some small print – 1) if your store doesn’t offer gift cards, we’ll offer the ‘reward’ through a American Express or VISA Gift Card, 2) only independent, local stores are eligible!, 3) You can reply as often as you like, but one ‘entry’ per person.
Deadline: Monday, November 26th, 11:59pm
To get you started, here are some of our favorites:
1 – Fromagination (located on the Capitol Square) – I can put together treat baskets for friends and coworkers that are artisan as well as local. Wisconsin cheeses, Madison’s own Quince and Apple preserves, some Gail Ambrosius chocolates, and Potter’s Crackers. Yum.
2 – Iconi Interiors (West Washington, downtown Madison) – It’s an awesome mixture of new and upcycled mid-century modern home decor. It’s full of treasures, most of which I can’t seem to do without whenever I’m in the store.
1 – Absolutely Art (Atwood Ave)– When I need a gift, I always head there first. From practical to whimsical, I love buying things that are handmade from a business that is so involved in the community, including supporting our local schools.
2 – La Lingerie Shop (Johnson Street, near east side of Madison) – This gem of a store is someplace you might not consider going- after all, do you need a specialty bra? The answer is yes, yes you do. Her amazing fitting tips are invaluable AND she has CHOICES of beautiful bras for every size. And she has nursing bras! Make the appointment! Get the foundation layer right, so everything else can look great!
3 – Happy Bambino (Monona Dr) – I would hope you all know about HB. What you may not know is how much of their lives the folks who own that place have given up in order to give such a valuable resource to the community. Their carefully curated selection of goods and their commitment to the community should make this top on your list of places to go for baby needs.
SUSAN(fabulous Volunteer Co-Coordinator Extra-ordinaire)
1 – Playthings (in Hilldale mall). They carry unique and creative toys, games and gadgets. It’s a fun and colorful store with good knowledgable staff. It’s great for birthday presents that I know will be well loved and reliable and different. They also carry some beautiful clothing for babies and toddlers
2 – Change (On Williamson St) – It’s a new women’s clothing and accessories store owned and operated by a local mom. She buys only fair trade and offers beautiful items that are good quality and wearable. The store is bright and easy to shop! Check out this recent review in Madison Magazine.
NOW IT’S YOUR TURN!
The new year is going to bring all kinds of fun for Half-Pint resale. But you’ll have to wait to hear more about that. (sorry!)
In the mean time, it’s the holiday season for Lisa and I, and we’re busy getting ready for time with our families. In the spirit of the happiness, of the season, we are offering a contest – with a category for everyone. We’d love to see entries on facebook (make sure and tag us) but we also will accept entries by email.
So here it is:
Send us your stories, pictures and videos in the following categories, all around the theme of holidays or the winter season. Every entry must include an item purchased at Half-Pint (any year! Think winter coats while sledding, gifts opened for Christmas or Hanukkah, etc.)
1. Funniest Holiday/Winter moment
2. Happiest Holiday/Winter moment
3. Best Holiday or Winter Half-Pint find (include the price you paid, if you remember!)
Deadline: January 7, 2011. We will pick our favorites in each category, and then post them on facebook for you to see. The entries with the greatest number of likes/votes will receive a $50 Half-Pint gift certificate.
If you aren’t already a friend of Half-Pint’s on facebook – we recommend you do so stat! It’s the best place to find out what is going on. Plus, we like to post thrifty tips to help you make the most of your pennies and time.
(We reserve the right to repost or use your entry. Please also include your full name and phone number, as well as the names of the people in the picture).
Season’s Greetings and White Winter days to all of you-
EC and LS
Melissa Terrill is our guest blogger, taking on a topic that often fills so many of us with anxiety. Melissa and her husband lost their daughter nearly 9 months ago after she was born at the tender age of 24 weeks. Melissa is a dear friend of ours and of Half-Pint Resale, and offered to write this post to give us all the tools – the words – the permission some of us may feel we need – to be there for our friends and family who are going through such a tragedy. She speaks with compassionate but straightforward truth, and we encourage you all to read and to share this important information, so that we can be community and family for one another.
Melissa and Mike and their son Jonathan have also begun a truly wonderful non-profit in honor of their daughter, called Mikayla’s Grace, which seeks to support families with a baby in the NICU and those who experience the death of an infant at Madison area hospitals. The non-profit provides provides NICU care packages and angel memory boxes, offering both practical and emotional support for the parents. There are many ways you can get involved – read on.
-EC and LS
2. The right thing to do or say is SOMETHING. The only real mistake you can make is saying or doing NOTHING.”
- The Bereaved Parents of Madison Infant Loss group meets on the third Thursday of each month at 7:30 pm, in Bay 4 of St. Mary’s hospital. Their website is http://bereavedparents.squarespace.com/. They also have a facebook group that is just for members and is a helpful way to connect to other bereaved parents.
- SHARE meets the fourth Wednesday of each month at 6:30 pm. Location varies so email Cynthia for monthly location.
- You can also check out Cythia’s blog, where she discussed the topic of “What you can say” to bereaved parentsIf you have a friend or family member that experiences infant loss, encourage them to attend a group even if they are hesitant. Connecting with other bereaved parents has helped my husband and I tremendously along our healing journey, and we are amazed at the support we’ve received from these other parents. There are also many online resources and places where parents who’ve experienced a loss can connect with other bereaved parents.
- Babycenter.com has support groups and Faces of Loss, Faces of Hope has the most comprehensive list of resources for parents and family members and is also a place where parents can share their child’s story.
- This site has a very good explanation of grief if you’d like to understand a little better what bereaved parents face. If you would like to get something for a bereaved parent but not sure what to do this article gives good ideas for appropriate sympathy gifts.
- I also have a post on my personal blog about What Parents of Angels Wish You’d Remember written in hopes that people would begin to understand what I, as a bereaved parent, needed. Another fellow blogger, Carly Marie, has written articles on How You Can Help Ease the Pain and How Friends and Family Can Help that are worth reading.