Half-Pint Resale is:
in one big consignment sale, on one weekend, every spring and fall
with items (clothes, toys, gear, nursery furniture and more)
for pregnant mamas and kiddos ages 0-12
run by a local mom and 350+ volunteers.
Area families love shopping at Half-Pint because they find amazing deals on high-quality fun items and consignors love it because they get big checks for items they no longer need!
Half-Pint Resale is the area’s largest Consignment Sale and is 100% local.
EVERY sale ends with a half-price sale, where nearly everything can be purchased at an amazing deal.
Frequently asked questions
Who Runs the Sale?
The sale was conceived and started by Ellen and Lisa, two local moms who put the sale together in response to the needs of their family and friends. It is now owned and operated by Angie. All three of us are proud that we could and can partner with other local agencies and businesses and that we are a local alternative to big box, chain-store shopping. The majority of the money that we make from the sale goes to pay for needed expenses, such as our location fees, insurance, racking systems, supplies, U-Haul and table costs, and other incidentals. The money that is spent at the sale stays in the community, whether it’s paying back the consignors (70%!) or paying other local businesses for their services. We’re proud that all of the money that exchanges hands before, during, and after the sale stays local! Half-Pint Resale is all of us together, and franchise-free.
How much does admission cost?
Since day one – we are an Absolutely free to enter Sale, even the first day, so you can come and get the first deals and save all of your cash for your super finds.
Do you have a store?
Nope! Just twice a year -easy for families to consign, easy for us to organize. Because it’s only over a weekend, we can keep our consignor returns very high (70% for ALL consignors!)
So the sale is just a few days long?
Yep! Consignors drop off their items in the middle of the week. Volunteers and consignors shop first, and then the sale opens to the public, and stays open into the evening so people can shop after work. On the final day, we have a quick-come-and-get-em half price sale. By Sunday evening we’ve sorted everything that is left, given back items to consignors (if they choose) and donated the rest to local charities. It’s a whirlwind!
Do you have an early sale for first time parents?
No, but we don’t need to! First time parents are the ones looking for baby gear and small teensy clothing (second time parents have most of what they need for gear!) so you’ll be able to find what you need whenever you come without worrying about competition!
What can you find?
Maternity and nursing items, and children’s clothing up to age 12. If a pregnant woman or a young family could use it, we likely have it! The focus is always on the upcoming season, so that you don’t need to sort through fleecy winter stuff in spring when all you really want to look for is shorts and beach hats! But no worries – come fall, fleecy stuff is everywhere, and the beach hats are being saved for spring.
So you don't have car seats? What about cribs?
We feel that the liability in offering car seats for consignment is too great. If a car seat has been through an accident, it is no longer considered safe. Safety for children is an utmost concern and priority and since we can’t prove what has happened to a seat since it was first purchased, we don’t offer them for sale.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission created a set of safety standards regarding cribs in 2010. The new standards state that any crib manufactured before July 23rd, 2010, CAN NOT BE SOLD OR DONATED. Because of how complicated this would be to enforce, Half-Pint has decided to suspend the sale of cribs indefinitely. We apologize, as we know this effects both our consignors and shoppers, but we simply can not afford to risk potentially selling a crib that is not in compliance with the new CPSC standard. Please note that the suspension of sales ONLY APPLIES TO TRADITIONAL CRIBS. It does not effect gear such as Pack N’ Plays, co-sleepers, and bassinets or any type of mattress. We still sell these items and they are often highly sought after by our pregnant mama’s. If you have a question about a specific piece of gear, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Is everything on the sales floor at the beginning of the sale?
Everything is out, so every treasure can be found!
Are children allowed when the sale is open to the public?
Yes, children are welcome at the public sale, but we ask that you please use good judgment when bringing them. It is very busy and little ones underfoot may get into places they should not. We ask that if you do decide to bring children, that when possible they come with you in a baby carrier. For safety reasons, we are unable to accommodate children at the volunteer pre-sale or at the beginning of the public sale unless they are in infant carriers or slings.
What types of payment do you accept?
Cash and check! We don’t offer credit cards at the main check at this time because the fees are large, and we want to keep the sale free for all shoppers and give the most to consignors that we possibly can. As I’m sure you’ve heard from other small businesses, credit cards can be very expensive. We want to keep the money out in the community, not being paid to the Credit Card Companies and big banks!
We do accept credit cards in Big Express (where larger items, such as strollers, high chairs, and nursery furniture are sold). Purchases in Big Express are made separate from the main sales floor.
Is the tagging process a lot of work?
We do everything we can to make the tagging process as simple and easy as we can, because as a local moms, we know that time is very limited! (It’s one of the reasons that we organized the sale!)
Why is there a fee to consign?
We’ve done everything that we possibly can to keep consignment as low in cost as possible. We allow consignors to use most any-type of hanger, allow for the use of safety pins (instead of tagging guns), and allow folks to print on copy paper (instead of cover-stock). However, because of the increase in our space rental costs, to make the sale even possible for us to continue, and to keep the sale FREE for people to shop (which we believe increases the number of people who attend), we have to charge a small consignment fee to cover some of these costs. The fee is still small – only $11 -, but will help us dramatically in keeping the sale feasible.
The fee is paid when a Consignor registers, and is non-returnable and non-refundable.