Half-Pint Resale is a proud sponsor of the upcoming Madison Listen To Your Mother! LTYM is a national series of live readings by local writers in celebration of Mother’s Day.
So, take Mother’s Day beyond brunch and join our Madison community celebration of Motherhood and a national Mother’s Day Movement! LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER 2013 has community-based productions in 24 communities throughout the United States, and was started right here in Madison, WI.
Grab your husband, or a girlfriend, or your sister or mom –and buy your tickets now!
When Half-Pint set out to find community sponsors, we did so with One main rule in mind. We wanted our fabulous sponsors (who honestly make Half-Pint possible, and if you think I’m kidding… well…. I’m not) to be RESOURCES for you, our Super Shoppers and Consignors. We didn’t want to overwhelm you with stuff you don’t need. Instead we wanted to share with you parenting and life resources that have made Us better parents, better moms, better community members; that in short have made life better in some way.
So here we are, at our seventh sale. With well over 250 consignors expected to register (we’re already cruising quicly past 100, and consignor registration has only been open a week!), with thousands of shoppers expected to attend and purchase the over 15,000 items we’ll have for sale, I sometimes can’t believe how much we’ve grown. We’re thankful to have all of your continued support in spreading the news about the parenting, budgeting and (hopefully) sanity-saving resource that has become Half-Pint Resale. And we want to invite you to become a sponsor or to help us get the word out by offering up a partnership trade.
And while you are at it, take a gander at the fabulous FABULOUS folks we had for our last sale. We still love them all as much as we did then, and maybe even more!!!
-Ellen and Lisa
From the beginning of Half-Pint, we’ve had an amazing friend in Jennifer Lapham. She’s been more than a consignor and volunteer, she’s been a friend who has stayed late and helped our brain-dead heads stay in the game to get things prepped for each sale.
Midwest Clay Project is “A place to work in clay for people of all ages and abilities”. And it really is! My kids and I could best be described as a giant tornado. And you generally don’t allow tornados at clay studios. But that isn’t the case at Midwest Clay Project. Jennifer and her awesome staff have created a place for all ages – from my two year old little (who exlaims everytime we go, “I cut!”) and my five year old boy (who has more energy than can be stored in his body), to adults of all ages. Neither myself nor my children know anything about clay, but so far we’ve successfully created little snowmen, beads and other assorted “modern” pieces.
For just $10, your child can hang out and play with clay for over an hour. Then, their pieces are fired, and they can go back and paint on an underglaze (that is similar to the final color), for no cost. The pieces are then dipped in a glaze, put through the kiln, and then ready for pickup! (Kids under the age of three are free and welcome as well, as long as they don’t eat the clay.)
So today, on this snowy MLK day, my family (minus the two year old, but plus another 5 year old friend) went back to the beautiful and brightly painted studio. The H-Man was busy creating a new clay piece (a “spiral cup”), and our little lady friend was busy painting her fired pieces. There was another family in the studio while we were there – a mom and her two middle schoolers, who exclaimed “There aren’t many places to bring kids this age, so this place is amazing.” There were also a few adults busy working on the wheels.
With classes for people of all ages and abilities, with a space that accepts all kids they way they are, with a place that invites in the whole community – how could it not be enormously successful?
So go in and try it out. If you think you might make a habit of it (which you should, and your kids will want to), you can buy a punch card for $50, and get 6 sessions! I love knowing that it’s there waiting for us.
Check out their website for information on classes (including information on kid’s open studio), visiting nationally known instructors, gallery events, and more. Or just hop on over and stop in! (You can’t miss it – they are conveniently located next to Madison Sourdough on Willy Street… Before you leave, don’t forget to pop into MSCo for a 55cent chocolate cherry cookie; it’s a good way to refuel after so much creative work…)
And make sure you your kids bring some extra change from their piggy bank, because for only fifty cents, they can shop the “kids shelf” in the gallery area and bring home a little piece of art, all their own.
I just wandered over to Oompa, the great children’s store right off the beltline in Middleton (which makes it a short trip for most anyone, really). They are giving out a 20% coupon to their store JUST for registering to consign. Bingo! Good stuff, hey? Speaking of consigning, TODAY is your LAST day to register to consign. The magics of our form system will TURN OFF at midnight tonight. Make the move!
And speaking of Oompa, they are having a great event tomorrow (Saturday, Sept. 11th, 1-3pm) in honor of Grandparent’s Day! We’re talking a Book signing and activity with local author Ellie Schatz. Check out Oompa’s other free activities that are coming up as well!