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!
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-)
Can you help us spread the word about the sale? Find all of the printable posters (with and without tabs) and postcards here! Don’t forget to let people know about the semi-annual “win ice cream for a year from Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream” baby food drive – there is a poster for that, too.
You could win Ice Cream for a Year from the Chocolate Shoppe just for bringing in an item to our Baby Food Drive during Half-Pint. “Are you Kidding?” you might say- ” Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream is only the best ice cream in the world” Yup. Pretty awesome, hey?
The Chocolate Schoppe Ice Cream folks have always been great to us (loaning us things like pails and tables) but this sale they are bringing it up a notch – and offering an absolutely FANTABULOUS prize for all of you folks who bring in a donation to our Baby Food Drive, running throughout Half-Pint. (That means baby food, formula, personal care products, and really, any food item, because a baby is only healthy if her momma isn’t hungry, too!) The food will all benefit the Fritz Food Pantry at the Goodman Community Center. Just put your item(s) in the big box in the lobby of the GCC Gymnasium, and then put your name in the bucket, and voila, one generous person will be chosen to win Ice Cream for a Year.
It seems dreamy, doesn’t it?
So this week, when you’re making your weekly trip to the Grocery Store, don’t forget to add in a few items for the Food Drive – and the Goodman Community Center, the Chocolate Shoppe, and all of us at Half-Pint thank you!
PS. Wanna know what my favorite thing is about the Chocolate Shoppe (next to their Ice Cream, of course, is their slogan – “You want nutrition, Eat Carrots.” Right On!)
PPS Want to make a financial donation to the Pantry and still be entered into the drawing? Write a check out to the Goodman Community Center, and in the memo write “Half-Pint Resale”. Give it to a volunteer during the sale, and we’ll make sure they get the money and you are entered into the drawing!