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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!

If you haven’t already, make sure you join our email list and like us on Facebook so that you can get in on fun contests and find more ways to get your pre-Half-Pint fix!

The 14th Annual Half-Pint Resale is here! Shopping tips inside-

The 14th annual Half-Pint Resale is here!  

Get your resuable bags ready and your cheat sheets complete.  Fall and winter are right around the corner – and my guess is that there are littles (and school-aged bigs) who could use some new-to-you clothing, some toys, and how about a few birthday gifts stashed away – all on a budget?

14th Semi-Annual Fall/Winter Half-Pint Resale
Madison Curling Club

FREE ENTRANCE AND PARKING
Saturday, September 13, 2014- 8am-7pm
Sunday, September 14, 2014- 8am-1pm (when everything is half off!)

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/LARGE ITEM 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.  Read more about the types of baby carriers you might find at Half-Pint Resale on our website, with a guest post by Cynthia Bachhuber, Wraps & Slings South Central Wisconsin.

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 Slide Food Cart (which will be onsite during lunch and dinner hours Friday during the presales).  You are more than welcome to come and hang out – we only ask that you leave all yet-to-be-purchased items on the sales floor.

New this year, early in the sale you’ll also find our new area, BIG EXPRESS, which will feature large items that might not otherwise fit on the sales floor, and that you purchase separately from the items on the main sales floor.  And good news, you can use your credit card to purchase these items.  We’ll hold them there or you can take them right out to the car!

The main 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.   Dress in layers!

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 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.

5) Check out all of our tips about holding items on our shopping tips page.  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 green-tagged items over $75 that a consignor asked to be excluded from the sale) is half-off!

Fullscreen capture 8252014 105038 PM7)  Do you tweet?  Post on facebook?  Instagram?  Post your #hpscore after the sale and maybe you’ll win some Half-Pint goods!   Also share the event on facebook!

8) Did you know that you can recycle all of your plastic bags after Half-Pint?  If you can’t use them again, check out these tips!

8)  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.

 

-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 awesome Midwest Clay Project handmade mugs (tees and reusable bags still available as wellYou can carry the Half-Pint love with you year round.

They make Half-Pint Resale free and fun!

Each one of the following organizations and businesses not only makes our community better, but they make Half-Pint a reality.  You’ll want to check out their postcards in your bags and their tables at the sale – there will be drawings, awesome coupons, and even activities for your kids!!! And when you are out in the community supporting these fine folks, be sure to say THANK YOU for all they do to make this great community resource available.

BIG WHEEL SUPPORTERS

 

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Attorney Heather E. Hazelwood Heather specializes in personal and business services, focusing on estate planning, family law, and small business and non-profit organization and management. She is passionate about working with clients to help them plan for the future and manage life’s transitions. Hurley, Burish & Stanton, S.C. is dedicated to proving clients with the comprehensive and thorough work usually expected of large firms while maintaining the personal working relationships and cost-effectiveness associated with smaller firms. The firm handles all types of estate planning. The firm represents a wide variety of individual and business clientele, including those with substantial wealth as well as those with modest means. Stop by hertable at the sale for information on the special Half-Pint Resale estate planning discount and enter our give away for a chance to win one of two $50 giftcards for Madison Originals!  You can also find her posting about family-related legal matters on facebook.

 

SwimWest has made the water a safer place for over 23 years!  We have sung the praises of Swim West Swim School for years (and years and years), and are continuing to do so.  Only a few years into swimming, the eldest of our kids can be found doing backstroke the length of the pool and our youngests are on their way.  We’ve seen the magic first hand that turns a child that hates the water to one that is laughing and giggling all throughout class.   With so many places to swim in and around Madison, having a child who is safe around water is a must.   Their philosophy is to “provide all children, regardless of age, race, or special needs, the best aquatic experience, to teach the necessary skills to be safe in the water, to nurture a love of swimming, and to educate parents about water safety and the aquatic learning process.”

 


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 Fertility provides 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. In 2013-2014, approximately half of the Forward Fertility clients were men in search of surrogates or egg donors to become fathers!

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.  She also hosts A Conversation About Fertility: each FIRST Thursday of the month, from 8-9pm.  Join Christie Olsen to discuss what is on your mind!

 

Infant Learning Lab

Do you ever wonder how your baby is learning language? Would you like to learn more about how babies learn? Are you interested in participating in studies with your child? If so, the Infant Learning Lab would love to have you join them! The Infant Learning Lab is located at the UW-Madison Waisman Center, and has studies for children from 6 months to 4 years of age. A study only takes one 30-45 minute visit, and they provide childcare for siblings, as well as free on-site parking and taxi rides. Your child will receive a book, a t-shirt, or $10 as a thank you! If you’re interested in signing up or learning more, call them at (608) 263-5876 or email to babies@waisman.wisc.edu. You can also sign up online!

 

 

UW Health

UW Health is happy to offer CenteringPregnancy. It’s a great way to learn more about pregnancy, participate in your health care and meet other women who are pregnant and due at the same time as you. You will see your health care provider at the beginning of each group for an individual check-up, including blood pressure, weight, belly measurements and heartbeat checks. Then you will meet with your group to talk about many things like: nutrition, preparing for labor and delivery, breastfeeding, newborn care and parenting.  CenteringPregnancy groups start monthly and are offered at our 1102 S Park St Clinic location with providers from both Arboretum ObGyn Clinic and ACHC/Wingra Family Medical Center.

 

TRICYCLE AND SCOOTER SUPPORTERS

 

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At Meriter-UnityPoint Health, they’re focused around a single purpose: you.  They are dedicated to providing comprehensive, coordinated care through our clinics, hospital and home care servicesfor patients located in South Central Wisconsin. Meriter offers adults and children primary and specialty care, including heart and vascular, orthopedics, women’s health and emergency services. The point of everything they do is you.

 

 

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Sell your home for only 1% commission, with support from real estate attorneys through Open Homes!  Their mission is simple – Connect buyers and sellers directly. They put your home on the MLS and other websites, so you get the widest possible exposure. They give you a yard sign and a lockbox for your house key to facilitate showings. And they provide real estate attorneys to help you anytime you need it, so you’re never on your own. Open Homes empowers you to sell your home on your own terms and is the modern way to sell your home – without the high cost of a traditional agent, but with professional backup and help that flat fee/FSBO services can’t match!

 

 

Long Waisman logo with Blue SquareThe Waisman Center Children’s Theatre features a variety of performers–magicians, singers, dancers, musical groups, educators, and professional theatrical companies.   Many of the performances showcase children as the sole performers or “stars” of the production.  Download a copy of the season’s schedule!  Admission: $2.00, adults; $1.00, children.   Advance tickets for any show in the series can be purchased beginning at NOON on performance days .  All shows are sign interpreted!

 


Celebrating six years in Fitchburg and ten years in Middleton, The Little Gym is focused on Serious Fun whether it’s in a gymnastics class, at a Birthday bash or our amazing Parent Survivla Nights or Camps! We are excited about their newest programs: Tumblers – a grade school class focusing on tumbling skills that would be a great complement to other activities a child is in or an additional class each week AND Wonder Kids Club – a PreK enrichment program for ages 3-5 years old where the children come for 3 hours and work out in the gym while also having 2 hours of enrichment through reading, imagination, and organized, theme-based activities.    An Open House to celebrate their anniversaries will be Sunday September 21 from noon-2pm at the Fitchburg location and 3-5pm at the Middleton location!  Stop in to learn why their birthday parties have ranked number one in Parents magazine for a second time!

 

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The Surrogacy Center has been providing safe, legal, and professional gestational surrogacy arrangements since 2002. They have had 109 babies born through our program and they just keep growing through referrals. They make it a priority to support our surrogates throughout the entire journey and guarantee independent legal representation for every surrogate. They are happy to arrange for a prospective surrogate to speak with an experiencedsurrogate to answer questions objectively.

 

Madison Area Midwives – This group of independent midwives provides prenatal, birth, and postpartum maternity care for women desiring to birth in their private homes. Madison and its surrounding areas are rich in maternity care options for childbearing families. Visit their website to see the home birth and hospital midwives currently practicing in Madison and the surrounding community.

Mother’s Milk Alliance – MMA is run by volunteer licensed midwives and community advocates dedicated to providing donor human milk to families in Dane County. MMA is an informed choice model of human milk sharing that facilitates donor lab testing, safety education, and health screening. This is free and local accessibility for infants up to 6 months of age.

Don’t miss it!   Microbirth Film Screening – September 20, 2014 – 5 pm film begins with refreshments, free admission, Promega – 5445 E Cheryl Parkway, a film revealing the microscopic events at birth that shape our future.

 

Flutterby BeginningsFlutterby Beginnings is a growing service offering private HypnoBirthing® Childbirth Education classes, doula services, and doTERRA Essential Oils. HypnoBirthing® is a complete childbirth method that focuses on preparing you and your birthing companion for a gentle and satisfying birth experience. Having a doula benefits not only the laboring mother but also her birthing companion by being constantly near to offer support and guidance. Learn how you can provide safe benefits without side effects using doTERRA Essential Oils.

 

Hulafrog.logo.color.tag.900px copy.nolayersHula-Frog – Fun things for Kids to Do.  Have you checked out Hulafrog yet?  Subscribe to their newsletter for FREE and get their Our Pick emails & The Weekend Guide to find out about can’t miss activities, deals and events for families.  We love that they send us emails to remind us of fun happening around town.  Your kids will thank you for it!  WHILE YOU ARE THERE, don’t forget to show Half-Pint a little love by clicking on that heart next to our name!  (Thanks!)


 

Many thanks to the following businesses and organizations for their ongoing support!

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14th Semi-Annual Half-Pint Resale

FALL IS AROUND THE CORNER, and so is WINTER.  (It’s not our fault.)    That means that the 14th Half-Pint Resale at the Madison Curling Club is coming, too!

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 pictures!), 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.   Because of our commitment to the community, we’re a member of Dane Buy Local and hope to introduce you to other great local, independent and community-centered businesses through their wide network.

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Let’s get the sale on your calendar – a several hour volunteer presale (allowing for folks to vary when they arrive, and how long they stay), a bit later consignor presale (making it easier to come after you or your partner’s work day), and a FULL DAY OF SATURDAY PUBLIC SALE SHOPPING that starts early in the morning for your thrifty early-birds, and extends late enough into the evening that allows you to spend the daytime with your fam, and your early evening catching bargains.  Finally, you can find even more good deals running into Sunday during the Half-Price sale.  For those of you shop our presales, we highly recommend taking a second look at the sale post the presales because there are things you’ll never see until they are unearthed!

REGISTRATION IS OPEN!

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!.

Make sure you look through the Tagging Guidelines and our What to Sell documents on this same page.  Need an extra nudge?  Find out why consigning impacts your community here AND communities half-way across the world and read what other folks are saying about Half-Pint.

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 in the pdf How to Half-Pint”.

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!).

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REGISTER NOW!

NEW CONSIGNOR REGISTRATION
(only for those who have
 NEVER been assigned a Half-Pint Consignor #)

RETURNING CONSIGNOR REGISTRATION
(for anyone who has EVER been assigned a Half-Pint Consignor #)
Your number is the same number you have always had, minus any letters (that were part of our old system).
Your password is the last name which you registered with at the last sale.
Having problems logging in?   Contact us and we’ll help!)

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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!  Read more.

WHAT ELSE?

Help us spread the word about the sale!  Printable Posters, postcards and more.

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

If you haven’t already, make sure you join our email list and friend us on Facebook so that you can get in on fun contests and find more ways to get your pre-Half-Pint fix!

We’re going to have so much fun this spring, you really won’t want to be left out.  (yeah!)

We’re excited to see y’all again!

What's New

Half-Pint by the Numbers: Spring 2014

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45,000 – Number of (estimated) available items for sale
1,886 – Total sales of our top Consignor this sale
292 – Number of shoppers waiting to get in on Friday when the doors opened at Noon (not including littles in carriers, of course!)
14 – Number of Consignors who sold over $900 worth of items
615– Total Number of consignors who registered for the Spring 2014 sale
183 – Number of these people who were new to Half-Pint
198 – Number of consignors who donated items to our Charitable Partners
5 – Fee, in dollars, that Consignors are charged for being in the sale
99+ – Percent of items that were half-price on Sunday (Only 4 items on the whole sales floor were not eligible for the half-price discount!)
62+ – Number of bags of spring/summer items and gear donated
60 – Number of Cities in Wisconsin where Consignors live (33% more than last sale!)
3 – Number of States were Consignors live
400 – Miles away the furthest Consignor lives
(Top 4, in order: Madison, Sun Prairie, McFarland, and Verona & Fitchburg (tied for fourth!)
52  – Percentage of consignors that live in Madison
1,403 – Total Number of Volunteer Hours
18 – Number of Community Businesses and Organizations partnering with Half-Pint
535 – Number of Places and Organizations where Volunteers posted information about the sale
170 –  Number of hours Lisa and Ellen spent at the Madison Curling Club over the five days
15 –  Pounds of Candy consumed by Volunteers
66 –  Number of days until the Fall 2014 Half-Pint Resale
0 – Cost to Enter or Park at the Sale (always free!)

Fall 2013 Consignor/Volunteer Registration Open

It’s that time again!  It’s hard to think about fall and winter, but you know it’s coming, so better to be prepared for it than to pretend it isn’t coming.  And Half-Pint is so fun, it’s worth thinking about even if it means snowsuits.

We hope you already have it on your calendar – but if you don’t, add the 12th Annual Half-Pint Resale to your September calendar!  We’re excited to have our fourth sale at the awesome and spacious Madison Curling Club.

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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, 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.   Because of our commitment to the community, we’re a member of Dane Buy Local and hope to introduce you to other great local, independent and community-centered businesses through their wide network.

Let’s get the sale on your calendar – a several hour volunteer presale (allowing for folks to vary when they arrive, and how long they stay), a bit later consignor presale (making it easier to come after you or your partner’s work day), and a FULL DAY OF SATURDAY PUBLIC SALE SHOPPING that starts earlier in the morning for your thrifty early-birds, and extends late enough into the evening that allows you to spend the daytime with your fam, and your early evening catching bargains – AND NOW OPEN EVEN LATER until 7pm!   Finally, you can find even more good deals running into Sunday during the Half-Price sale.  For those of you shop our presales, we highly recommend taking a second look at the sale post the presales because there are things you’ll never see until they are unearthed!

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REGISTRATION IS OPEN!

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!.   New this sale, consignors are allowed to bring children to the Consignor Presale as needed (see the Consignor page for guidelines).

Make sure you look through the Tagging Guidelines and our What to Sell documents on this same page.  Need an extra nudge?  Find out why consigning impacts your community here AND communities half-way across the world and read what other folks are saying about Half-Pint.

For you veteran consignors, make sure you note that all tags must be printed with the newer Tag Template (new as of Spring 2012), and that all tags must have barcodes, printed using our online system.

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 in the pdf “How to Half-Pint”.

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 registered for a chance to win an overnight stay at the Hyatt Place Madison/Downtown!

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REGISTER NOW!

NEW CONSIGNOR REGISTRATION
(only for those who have
 NEVER been assigned a Half-Pint Consignor #)

RETURNING CONSIGNOR REGISTRATION
(for anyone who has EVER been assigned a Half-Pint Consignor #)
Your number is the same number you have always had, minus any letters (that were part of our old system).
Your password is the last name which you registered with at the last sale.
Having problems logging in?   Contact us and we’ll help!)

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WHAT ELSE?

Volunteer!  Want in during that first presale?  We have a lot of fun, so you should Join us! (Registration opens 7/22/13 at 10am)

Help us spread the word about the sale!  Printable Posters, postcards and more.

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

If you haven’t already, make sure you join our email list and friend us on Facebook so that you can get in on fun contests and find more ways to get your pre-Half-Pint fix!

We’re going to have so much fun this fall, you really won’t want to be left out.

We’re excited to see y’all again!

-EC and LS

Shopping Tips for Fall 2011 Half-Pint Resale

Let’s do it!

This coming weekend is the 8th annual Half-Pint Resale, the area’s largest (and entirely local) 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.

Here are a couple of other things that might help you with your 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 with a GEAR VOLUNTEER sign on their backs will help you purchase large items in the gear room/area so you can easily purchase them without hindering the rest of your shopping experience.    (For at least Friday, Gear will have it’s own special room off of the front lobby, so watch for it!)  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.  As always, we’d love to hear if it was a help!

2) Who are those folks selling delicious food/coffee of hot coffee outside our sale doors and in the Cafe on the other side of the Goodman Center building?  Why, it’s the ever delicious and socially conscious Ironworks Cafe. Trying to decide to buy or not to buy?  Just remember that every purchase helps teens learn important skills regarding running a business – or perhaps is even making a future chef!

3) Parking! We talk about alot about parking because it isn’t plentiful at the Goodman Community Center.  However, the staff there are truly fabulous and have worked with other businesses around the area to have overflow parking.   You’ll want to take a look at this post and map, but also be watchful for signs as you get to the center, as there may be signs out leading you to the jewel of the parking world.    And please, we are begging you NOT to park in anything labeled “fire lane”, “seniors only”, or  “no parking”, and in the Madison Kipp lot that is right across the railroad tracks from the GCC lot. (Danke!)

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

5)  Strollers are NOT allowed during peak shopping times (anything before 5pm on Friday).   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 aren’t playing with the toys or sitting in the gear.  We’ve had kids break things which they become unsellable.  Thanks for understanding!

6) Like the last sale, there will not be an Express Lane at this sale...  I don’t imagine there are too many people saying boohoo because for those of you who have waited in that Express Lane earlier in the sale when the lines are longer, you know that it didn’t actually get you through any faster and was hard to manage.   We will continue to manage lines as best as possible and think you’ll find our new bagging system swift and our hard-working volunteers fabulous.

7) 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!

8) Finally, don’t forget to bring a donation for the Goodman Community Center’s Fritz Food Pantry.  Thanks again to the Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream, everyone who donates will be entered to win ICE CREAM FOR A YEAR.    You will find the donation box in the Lobby of the Gymnasium (the location of the sale) Thursday – Saturday.

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.  Thanks for understanding!

Looking forward to seeing you:
Friday, September 8- 2pm-9pm (new longer hours!), and Saturday, September 9- 9-Noon, and 1pm-5pm (when everything is half off!)

-Ellen and Lisa

PS If you haven’t seen it yet – make sure you check out the VIDEO of the last fall/winters sale in action!


Yum Yum – Win Ice Cream for a Year!

Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream is again encouraging all of you to do good for the community by bringing in a donation of baby food (or any other food/formula/personal care item) for our Baby Food Drive benefiting the Goodman Community Center’s Fritz Food Pantry.  So add baby food to your grocery list this week and bring it to the sale on Friday or Saturday.  Look for a bin in the lobby area and make sure to enter your name in the drawing!   Who wouldn’t want Ice Cream for a Year????

(-mommas, daddy’s, babes and kids in this community thank you-)

What do your kids need for fall?

It’s that time of year.  You go down to your basement (and look under your beds), and start digging.  Then you head to your kids rooms and the piles ensue.  Your partner/child/friend comes into your house, and breaks your concentration.  The look on their face says it all – what the heck is all of this stuff?!?!?!?!

It’s time for out with the old, in with the new, and a major inventory on all of the stuff you Totally DO NOT have for fall.

It’s a good thing Half-Pint is around the corner!  I don’t know about you, but I almost headed to a store this week in panic and bought things at – gasp – full price!  After my momentary panic, I pulled out Half-Pint’s cheat sheets and started making a long list of what to look for next week.  I even made my kid stand on a piece of paper and traced his feet so I can confidently by him shoes and boots (which I think are always sized strange).

Top of my list?  Snow pants and jeans.  And some good gifts to squirrel away for Christmas.  Oh, and a Wolverine Costume.

What are you looking for?

-EC and LS