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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!  

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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 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.


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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



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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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

Join us at the 12th Annual Half-Pint Resale!

It’s time for the 12th annual Half-Pint Resale!   (Find all of the times on our Upcoming Sale page)

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This coming weekend is the 12th annual Half-Pint Resale, the area’s largest children’s consignment sale.  With only a few days left before the sale, we hope you’ve got your resuable bags ready and your cheat sheets complete.  Cool nights and crisp fall leaves are around the corner– and my guess is that there are littles (and school-aged bigs) who could use some new-to-you clothing, some gear, some toys, and how about a few holiday or birthday gifts stashed away – all on a budget?!

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Here are a couple of  things that might help you prepare for the season’s biggest shopping extravaganza:

1) Volunteers will be wearing black and will be wearing nametags.  They are here to help you!  There are a couple of volunteers with special duties that will really help you out:  Volunteers in the GEAR AREA will help you purchase large items so you can easily purchase them without hindering the rest of your shopping experience (look for the signs on the wall).  Volunteers with a ASK ME ABOUT BABY CARRIERS sign on their backs are ladies who know a TON about baby carriers and will be hanging around in that area during a few hours of the sale to help you try carriers on and learn about what will be best for you and your baby.    We hope that these folks will help make your shopping experience better.

2) There are two main areas at the Madison Curling Club.  In the lobby area, there are tables, seats, and places to just take a load off!  Feel free to come in and take a seat, nurse your baby, dig into some food from this sale’s Food Carts (which will be during lunch and dinner hours Friday-Sunday).  You are more than welcome to come and hang out – we only ask that you leave all unpurchased items on the sales floor.  Thanks!

The sale area is in the arena part of the building.   We will have hold tables where you could bag your items, if you say, need to go sit and nurse your babe or use the restroom.    NOTE:  The temperature in the arena area is similar in temperature to the temperature outside, due to the nature of the space.   It may be warm, it may be cool, it all depends!

3) Spend some time reading through our Shopping Tips.   There are a few things to highlight…

4)  Strollers are NOT allowed during peak shopping times (anytime before Noon on Saturday).   It gets so crowded and it would be unsafe for everyone.   We also highly recommend you not bring children.  We know – sometimes you have no choice!  But we’ve had several kids get lost (think kids shorter than the racks and at some peak shopping times, several hundred people packing the space).    Finally, Children of any size that are WORN in a carrier are ALWAYS welcome, anytime!  If you do bring kids, please make sure that they do not play with the toys or sit in the gear.  We’ve had kids break things (and then the item is unsellable) or have had people pass over things they want to buy because they think that they are accounted for, only to find out later that the person using the item wasn’t intending to buy it, and then a consignor lost the sale.  THANKS for understanding!!

5) Check out all of our tips about holding items on our shopping tips page.  Remember that items can stay on the Hold table for one hour maximum.  PLEASE!  Don’t abandon items on this table!  Shoppers and consignors alike miss out!

6) Don’t forget to come on Sunday during the Half-Price sale!  Everything (excluding rare items over $75 that a consignor asked to be excluded from the sale) is half-off!

7)  And last, but not least, We only take cash and check!  Keeping consignor checks as high as possible and keeping as much money  in the community as possible.

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Looking forward to seeing you:
Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013- 8am-7pm (new later hours)
Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013- 8am-1pm when everything is half off!

-Ellen and Lisa

PS – Half-Pint is only possible because of the tremendous community we are a part of.  Say thank to these folks next time you see them – 

PPS – Save a couple of bucks for some super awesome Half-Pint goods such as our new awesome Midwest Clay Project handmade mugs (tees and reuseable bags still availble as wellYou can carry the Half-Pint love with you year round.

Shop Independent and Local – and Win!

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.


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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.


Hangers and Pins

Some say the hardest thing about Consigning is finding hangers and pins –

Well not any longer!

We’re partnering with the fabulous non-profit Kindred Kids.  They are the area non-profit that receives all donated items that are not purchased after each sale.   Their volunteers carefully take all of the tags off of the clothing and clothing off of their hangers so they can be put to good use at Kindred Kids.

And now they have hangers and pins that they’d love to get back to consignors, all for a minor donation to their wonderful cause and keeping Kindred Kids open.

So come one, come all!  Big bags of Hangers are only $1, and bags of pins are only $1!

While you are there, check out their amazing lending library and let the kids play with all of their amazing toys.  Or make a day out of your trip to Columbus –  several lovely parks, a great Aquatic center, a fun train station,  a cool mom and pop authentic drive in restaurant called Mullin’s Short Stop Drive-In, which looks like a ton of fun.   (Apparently there are some really friendly deer in the park that kids love to feed and and their library is awfully sweet.)

You can find a map to Kindred Kids as well as their hours on their website



Exciting news from the Goodman Community Center and Madison’s East Side Neighborhoods!  Thought we would pass this on in case it is of interest to you – 

The Goodman Community Center is partnering with the City of Madison Parks Department and KaBoom! to bring a greatly improved, community designed, playground to Wirth Court park next door to the Center.  Wirth Court has some of the oldest equipment in the city of Madison and we have a wonderful opportunity to upgrade the equipment to be one of the best community parks in the city.

Kaboom! (www.kaboom.org) works with corporate sponsors and community partners to build beautiful playgrounds in areas with no equipment, or old, deficient equipment. They use Play World Systems (www.playworldsytems.com)  Goodman CC has submitted the application and has worked with the parks dept, and we are in the final stages of selection.

If we are selected we will need our community to engage in the process.  In a variety of ways

1)      Design Day- we need 30-50 kids and 30-50 adults to come to a design day, led by Kaboom! staff.  At the design day the community gets to dream about what they would want in their new playground, not just the equipment, but the whole site- benches, mosaics, kiosks, tables, etc.

If we are selected, Design Day will be about a 2 hour evening process sometime in mid-August.

2)      Be on a committee.  We will need 15-30 parents or interested community members to volunteer to be on a steering committee that will communicate with neighbors, help raise funds- there is a small matching requirement, get food donations, recruit volunteers, organize the logistics of the build day itself.

3)      Build day itself will be in the week of October 3- exact days to be determined.  There are 2 days of preparations and then the entire playground is built in 1 day.  This means that the community has up to 100 volunteers who show up and join volunteers from our corporate sponsor and builds the new park together.

WE NEED YOUR HELP: If you are interested in being part of the Design Day, or on the Steering  Committee please contact Tanya Martinez Knauer attanyamk@goodmancenter.org or 241-1574 ext. 231.  PLEASE GET BCK TO HER ASAP.   Expressing your interest in being involved is not a commitment to be on a committee- yet.  You can choose later when you know more about it.

This is What Community Looks Like!

As the days pass on from last weekend, the final details get worked out one by one.  We get closer to finishing calculating consignor totals (yeah!).  We get final counts of how much schtuff is sold (19,000 items!).   We know how many people bought fabulous deals at the sale (1,500!)

But what makes my heart happy is seeing posts like this:


As Lisa and I layed on the [empty] Goodman Center floor last Sunday morning, all that could come to mind was how thankful we were for the Community that Half-Pint has created.  From the joy and energy filled volunteers, to the patient and excited consignors and giddy and caring shoppers, Half-Pint Resale is what it is because you make it that way.

On Friday morning, a volunteer who had waited for 45 minutes to check-out finally got to the register.  When I asked her how the wait was, she said, “well, it didn’t feel so long, because I got to talk to other parents and I got the Total Lowdown on breast pumps.”  Other folks  told us in the past that they met new friends at Half-Pint and they enjoyed reconnecting with them at the sale.  We saw a few folks exchanging phone numbers and email addresses.  Others told us that Half-Pint feels like a mini reunion, or even a weekend party because of the fun, and most importantly, the people.

And while I was at the Cash Registers on Saturday, a young couple with their little babe came to pay and realized that they didn’t have enough cash with them.  They asked if we would hold their items so they could go and get money and come back.  Sure!  Not a problem!  I took the bag, and put it on hold behind the register.   Then, when the next shopper came up to pay, she said to me, “How much was their purchase?  If you give me a minute, I will go and stop them from leaving, and will pay for their total”.  She was concerned that they literally didn’t have enough money, and was going to buy their items for them.  I was struck by how generous the offer was – but even more than that, I was struck with how amazing it was to be part of something that allows us all to help each other out.    It reminded me of the crowd of people around the Baby Carriers, asking questions of our volunteer, but also talking to each other about their needs, about their wishes.  About parenting!

So thankful that you are all out there, being a community together.  So thankful for all of the businesses who supported us this past sale, who allowed this crazy goodness to happen.   You ALL make Half-Pint what it is!

-EC and LS