Community. It’s a Half-Pint Resale theme! It’s what buying local is all about.
But it’s also that time of year where we all are thinking about giving back to our communities through our local non-profits. It’s what keeps us going over here at Half-Pint. Our Motto is always DO GOOD.
We’ve been honored to support Kindred Kids through the donation of items post each sale. Kindred Kids, located in Columbus, WI, is a free resource to families that have children with special needs. Kindred Kids provides a lending library, complete with toys, books, games, and therapy equipment, as well as wheelchairs and communication devices.
The Goodman Community Center is also top on our lists of non-profits we love and personally support. As they say, “We help children learn to read, be leaders, handle life’s ups and downs, get through school, and see a future full of opportunities. When we help an older adult feel less isolated and more connected to her community in the company of friends, we know the strength of our community. When we see a food pantry customer finally get that job and get back on his feet, and then volunteer or donate, we see the resilience of our community.” Perhaps you’ve been to their café, used their amazing community space (or shopped the sale in their gym in our earlier years of the sale!)
Read the stories on this page (I dare you not to get tears in your eyes…) They even have opportunities to give to youth in their programs or directly TO their youth programs through donations of specific gifts through their Holiday Gift Giving Program (ModPodge or Acrylic paints anyone?) Stop in and follow the snowflake trail!
We also love Middleton Outreach Ministry (MOM), serving the West Madison, Middleton and Cross Plains areas. They have a wonderful program during the holiday season called “Sharing Christmas”. Through this program, you can be matched with a family and receive their holiday wish list, so you can shop for gifts that they might not otherwise receive. Read this personal story written by a Half-Pint volunteer who participated in the program last year and how it changed her life.
We also asked our volunteer coordinators to share one of their favorite local Non-Profits:
Angel’s Wish in Verona. It’s a no kill pet rescue that stops at nothing to find loving homes for mostly cats, but also dogs. They are amazing and tireless in their efforts to help animals and match them with wonderful families.
Domestic Abuse Intervention Services (DAIS) is near and dear to my heart. They provide much needed support, advocacy and safety to women, children and men. Currently they are raising funds to build a much-needed facility do they can provide more emergency shelter and better individual and group support opportunities.
My newest favorite charity is the Lussier Community Education Center. This 30 year old west side community center is steeped in grassroots community organizing as it provides after-school care for all ages, employment resources and support for adults, meals and companionship for seniors and much needed emergency food for families. Their welcoming and open facility offers a great place for community members to come together.
So, now it’s your turn.
So, Half-Pinters, what are your favorite non-profits in the area? Comment on our blog or on our facebook page – Tell us who they are, and why you support them, and we’ll pick one person’s charity at random and give the non-profit a $100 donation before years end.
Deadline: Monday, December 10
We thank you for being a part of this amazing community!
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
If you happen to be in the area (maybe you want to use that Groupon for the Ironworks Cafe that you bought this past week!), stop by and tell the Goodman Community Center why you love them, and (if you like, that you are thankful that they host Half-Pint!)! Here is their request:
On Valentine’s Day >> that’s this next Monday >> we’re inviting you to come tell
us a story that illustrates why you love the Goodman Community Center.
We’re setting up a recording booth to capture what the Center means to people in
our community >> people like you! We hope you’ll come share a story, talk about
something cool, or funny, or touching, you saw happen here.
We’ll be here ready to hear your stories
Monday, February 14th from 10am-12pm and 2-4pm.
If you want to reserve a time, call 241-1574.
If you come in, we’ll have a Valentine’s treat for you.
No matter what, have a sweet day!
Kristin Groth and Kathleen Ward,
Goodman Community Center
It doesn’t feel like Fall, and we hope it doesn’t creep up on us too fast. However, you can’t deny that it’s reaching the end of July, AND many of us are starting to think about back to school. We promise to enjoy August, but in the mean time, it wouldn’t hurt to take a few seconds to prepare for what will inevitably come.
Enter Half-Pint Resale. No reason not to take advantage of some summer nights and glass of wine to start going through the basement bins to figure out what you can sell to make room for what you’ll need this fall, and figure out what you need so you can be ready to take advantage of thrifty prices on quality items you need (ok, and want).
First, get the sale on your calendar. We’ll again be holding the sale at the ever Awesome Goodman Community Center, located on the near east side of Madison, in one of our favorite hoods (lots of awesome shops on Atwood Avenue, and situated right on the bike path!) We’ll also continue to have Loot Valet service which allows shoppers to leave their purchased items with a volunteer attendant to later drive-up and load their great finds into the car with ease. No fretting over a distant parking spot – so Shop Away! Consignors, we’ll continue to have similar service for consignor drop-off as well.
And of course, high quality, affordable clothing and items will continue to Rule the Day(s). Two days of the best in Kid’s Thrift.
The Lowdown (Here we go…)
Thursday, September 16
Consignor Item Drop – 1pm-8pm
Friday, September 17
Early Sale for Volunteers Only – 10am-11am (volunteers may bring children to sale)
Early Sale for Consignors Only- 11:30am-12:30pm
Public Sale – 2pm-8pm
Saturday, September 18
Public Sale – 8am-Noon
Half-Price Sale – 1pm-5pm (sale closes from Noon-1pm)
Sunday, September 19th
Non-Sold Item Consignor pick-up – 8:30am-10:00am
Registering to Consign
It’s certainly not too early to register to Consign! Here is what we got for you for our SIXTH Half-Pint Resale, coming up in just nine weeks-
First, we ask that you take a minute to read through the ins and outs of consigning. Read carefully through “what to sell”. Then click, fill out the form, and with another click of the “Woohoo” Button, you’re in. From there, you’ll get an email back with your number (or a confirmation of the number you’ve used in the past if you a Half-Pint Consigning Veteran). Download and print out the tagging template and the Tagging Guidelines and you’re in business. We have been so impressed with the fair and affordable prices consignors pass onto shoppers and believe this is cornerstone to Half-Pint’s continued success. Half-Pint Resale is only as good as its consignors and we think the world of the folks who Consign with us.
As in the past, we’ll again be offering Early Registration incentives! Register before August 15th and….
(for new consignors) – Win a pass to wave your consignor fee and a $10 gift certificate to the sale! (2 winners!)
(for returning consignors) – Win a pass for you and one friend to enter a half-hour early into the Volunteer Sale – (1 winner!)
And don’t worry. It might be nine weeks away, but we’re still here, and out and about, taking advantage of the sun. Come see us at Atwood Summerfest!!
And as always, contact us if there is anything you need.
Happy Purging and Tagging!
Lisa Seidel and Ellen Carlson, Half-Pint Resale Organizers