Half-Pint Resale is:
Hundreds of consignors…
Tens of thousands of items…
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 hundreds 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, so you can come and get the all of the 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 affects 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 affect 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 mamas. 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.
What types of payment do you accept?
Cash, check, and most credit cards! Credit cards are accepted at only the one posted register at each checkout location (big gear and main checkout) while cash and check are accepted at all registers. Since we don’t set our own prices (all items are priced by the consignors), we want to keep the sale free for all shoppers, and we want to give the most to consignors that we possibly can, purchases on credit come with a 2.9% fee. As I’m sure you’ve heard from other small businesses, credit cards can be very expensive. We want to keep as much of the money that comes through Half-Pint Resale in the Half-Pint community as possible!
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 organize the sale!) Check out our quick how-to guide!
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, to get so many customers in one place to buy your stuff, we absorb fees to cover facility and table rental, plus a ton of marketing, and we want to keep the sale FREE for people to shop (which we believe increases the number of people who attend). Therefore, we have to charge a small consignment fee to cover some of these costs. The fee is still small – only $11 -, but helps us dramatically in keeping the sale feasible.
The fee is paid when a consignor registers, and is non-returnable and non-refundable.