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13th Annual Half-Pint Resale

The 13th annual Half-Pint Resale is here!  Get your resuable bags ready and your cheat sheets complete.  Summer is 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?

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Madison Curling Club

FREE ENTRANCE AND PARKING
Saturday, April 12, 2014- 8am-7pm
Sunday, April 13, 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.

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 and Saturday).  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.

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.   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.  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 green-tagged 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.

 

-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 reusable bags still available as wellYou can carry the Half-Pint love with you year round.

The Incredible Supporters of Half-Pint

We love our community – and we are so thankful for all of the businesses and organizations who help make Half-Pint Resale a reality.  We couldn’t do it without any of them.  In your check-out bag you’ll find a stack of postcards from some of these folks.  Make sure to read them – they include special offers and notices on upcoming events – only for your Half-Pinters!  Many of them will also have tables near the check-out lines and all of them offer something that we think might be of interest to you.  So without further adieu:

Big Wheel Sponsors

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Forward Fertility helps parents-to-be who need third-party fertility services begin their families with a perfectly matched egg, sperm, or embryo donor, or a gestational surrogate. Based in Madison and serving clients around the country, Forward Fertility’s founder Christie Olsen is a nurse practitioner with 16 years of experience in reproductive health care and 6 years running an egg donation/embryo donation/surrogacy program at one of the largest IVF clinics in Wisconsin.   Learn about what motivates people to become gestational surrogates.

On Saturday, April 26 (12 pm to 2 pm), Christie Olsen of Forward Fertility will be holding a free, public information session called “All Things Surrogacy” at the Happy Bambino store’s classroom on Madison’s east side. This is wonderful opportunity for women aged 21 to 45, and who are already a parent to their own child, to learn more about what’s involved in becoming a gestational surrogate (carrying a child who was conceived using someone else’s egg and sperm). Imagine what it would feel like to make someone else’s dream of having a child come true! No expectation and no commitment; bring a friend!

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SwimWest Swim School offers convenient class times and has award winning instructors. Our Fitchburg facility won a *BEST Facility* award in ’International Aquatics’ Magazine. Come check us out- we offer FREE trail lessons to new families.  we love Swim West!  They’ve been supporters of Half-Pint since the beginning and our kids all learned to swim here.  And don’t miss their FREE Easter Egg Hunt and Open Swim on April 12th at our West Madison location (1001 Deming Way) from 2-4:45. (If you shop Half-Pint in the morning, you won’t miss a thing!) Egg hunts for all ages and open swim to follow!

 

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Hurley, Burish & Stanton, S.C. is dedicated to providing 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.  Heather specializes in business and personal services, focusing on the areas of estate planning, family law, and the organization and management of small businesses.   Over half of her estate planning clients are families with young children. She also has an interest in helping same-sex couples and non-traditional families ensure they enjoy the full extent of their rights.  Post-sale until May 31, 2014, 20% off all estate planning services for clients referred to me by Half-Pint Resale!   Depending on the services requested, for most clients this will be savings of $100-$300.

 

 

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Parenting can be a delightful journey, full of joy and wonder. Yet it’s also often challenging, and parents sometimes feel overwhelmed and isolated. Particularly when we’re grappling with stressful circumstances such as illness, divorce, or the hectic pace of a full life. Or when we’re striving to parent in innovative ways, which may not be understood by our communities.

Lailah is passionate about helping parents thrive in healthy, deeply fulfilling lives while becoming more present and consciously responsive with their kids. Through coaching, you can become more able to care for yourself and meet your challenges while taking care of your family, even when feeling groundless and vulnerable.  Lailah’s clients become more able to fully enjoy the gifts of parenting and steadily grow through the challenges. In this way, we cultivate peace in our hearts, peace in our families, and peace in our world!

Tricycle and Scooter Sponsors

 

Polly Westmont Personal TrainingMaking your wellness a priority is a gift for not only you but also your family!  Polly Westmont Personal Training (a dedicated Half-Pinter!) offers individual, duo, or group personal training sessions as well as nutritional counseling, and boot camp classes.   Present the coupon (from your Half-Pint shopper coupon packet) or text #makemefit for a free drop-in to any boot camp class!    Outdoor bootcamps begin in May! Sign up by April 20th for a discounted rate!    “I love training with Polly!  Her workouts are creative, accessible and fun, without ever being intimidating. I always know that I got the most out of my time and investment.”  -Erika, Mother of 4

 

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Meriter is an innovative health care organization comprised of Meriter hospital, Meriter clinics and Meriter doctors. they offer pediatric clinics located in Madison, Middleton, Monona and DeForest.  Their clinics offer same-day appointments and an excellent care team dedicated to the health of your child. Set up a free meet and greet visit with one of their pediatricians today!   Stop by the Meriter table at Half-Pint to learn about food allergies and enter for your chance to win two children’s books about food allergy safety by award-winning author Amy Recob!   Also learn more about their upcoming Passport to Food Allergy Awareness event on May 17th (10am-Noon) at the Madison Central Library.   Storytime, Ask the Expert, kids arts & crafts, and goodie bags!

oh_logo_squareOpenHomes is a low-cost, high-tech real estate company.

Sell your home for only 1% commission, with support from real estate attorneys!  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!

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Peace of Mind Nannies is a locally owned nanny agency in the Madison area. They help eliminate the stress of finding a nanny, because we are there for you every step of the way. Finding the right nanny is very detailed and important work and Peace of Mind Nannies can take the worry out of the process.  They pride ourselves on being rooted in personal relationships built upon face-to-face contact and continuous support. They interview each candidate personally and send our clients only the most highly qualified nannies!    Our goal is to help every family we meet choose from the best nannies in the area.

 

nikkis diapers Nicki’s Diapers is located on the west side of Madison, WI at 739 N. High Point Rd in Sauk Point Square (corner of Old Sauk and High Point next to the Alicia Ashman Madison Public Library). They offer all our current products but have also added more to support the breastfeeding mama.  They offer one of the largest selections of cloth diapers, baby carriers, and breastfeeding supplies in Wisconsin.

 

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The Little Gym is a nationally recognized franchise offering recreational gymnastics, birthday parties, camps, and Parent Survival Nights. If you have never been to The Little Gym in Middleton and Fitchburg, check-them out for an introductory experience to their award-winning, one-of-a-kind curriculum that thousands of children in the Madison area have been a part of over the past decade! They have Serious Fun at The Little Gym and can’t wait to see you on The Big Red Mat! Year Round Open Enrollment is available!  All new summer camps begin June 9!  They are celebrating their 10 year anniversary this year in Middleton!

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Madison Area Midwives – independent midwives providing out-of-hospital maternity care for women and their families in Dane County.  Check out their table at the sale!

 

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MMA is an informed choice model of human milk sharing that facilitates donor lab testing, safety education and health screening and free and local donor human milk for infants up to 6 months of age.  Have an over-filled freezer of milk and want to use it to help someone who is having supply issues?   Learn more!

 

Flutterby Beginnings

Flutterby Beginnings is inspiring families with knowledge and support before, during, and after their births so they can create their own amazing birth journeys.  Specializing in HypnoBirthing®, a complete childbirth method that focuses on preparing you and your birthing companion for a gentle and satisfying birth experience.  You will learn unique methods of relaxation, guided imagery, and visualization, enhanced by self-hypnosis techniques.  With HypnoBirthing®, you will be aware and fully in control, but deeply and profoundly relaxed.

 

Brickz for Kids

Bricks 4 Kidz is a project based program in which they teach children through hands on classes how to use critical thinking skills, math and science concepts to build and design using LEGO bricks. They follow principles and methods of engineering and offer classes through after-school programs and in-school field trips/workshops in public and private Elementary Schools as well as Scouts, youth groups and recreation centers.   Their classes are focused on STEM and can be tailored to meet the curriculum objectives of the organization that they are partnering with. Bricks 4 Kidz also offers birthday parties, Kidz Night Out evening events, and seasonal day camps.

 

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

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Lucky 13!

SPRING IS ON ITS WAY!  There is nothing better on a cold winter day than to have something to look forward to in spring.  Make sure that the 13th Annual Half-Pint Resale to your April calendar!  (Lucky 13!)  We’re excited to have our fifth sale at the awesome and spacious Madison Curling Club.

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!

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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.

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!)

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.

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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

What is Half-Pint Resale? [Answered with Pictures]

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Half-Pint Resale is a twice per year consignment sale, with awesome stuff for kids aged 0-12, for new mommas, new parents, grandparents, and everyone who loves a little!

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Consignors and Volunteers shop a day early at presales –

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And then the sale opens to the public for an entire day, and good quality affordable items – tens of thousands of them! –  fly off the shelves!

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And then it’s Sunday!  And the Half-Price sale begins.  While the tables and racks are looking comparably empty, there are still so many good deals to be found!

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And what is left at the end of the sale?  

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Hard to believe, isn’t it?

You are going to come to the upcoming sale, right?  Check out our shopping tips!

Spread the word!

Half-Pint Resale is

[550+ consignors] selling,
[45,000+ items], at ONE BIG WEEKEND LONG SALE
twice per year in spring and fall
for kiddos (ages 0-12) and expecting families
run by 2 local moms and 350+ volunteers

Thanks to First Moments Photography, Half-Pint’s photographer, for these amazing pics!

Spring 2013 Half-Pint by the Numbers

our favorite post each sale!

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45,000 – Number of (estimated) available items for sale
1,580 – Total sales of our top Consignor this sale
208 – Number of items sold over the price of $25
(Can you believe how affordable it is to shop at Half-Pint Resale?)
34 – Percent of total sales purchased by Volunteers and Consignors
66 – Percent of total sales purchased during the Public Sale
240 – Number of shoppers waiting to get in on Friday when the doors opened at Noon (not including littles in carriers)
14 – Number of Consignors who sold over $900 worth of items
580 – Total Number of consignors who registered for the Spring 2013 sale
208 – Number of these people who were new to Half-Pint
200 – Number of consignors who donated items to our Charitable Partners
75 – Number of bags of spring/summer items and gear donated
29 – Percent increase in items sold from Spring 2012
370 – Number of Cities in Wisconsin where Consignors live
(Top 4, in order: Madison, Sun Prairie, Fitchburg, and McFarland)
1110 – Total Number of Volunteer Hours
14 – Number of Supporters
599 – Number of Places and Organizations where Volunteers posted information about Half-Pint
250 – Number of food-cart  Sliders eaten by Half-Pinters
34 – Number of Half-Pint Scout Water Bottles being used this summer by little Half-Pints out in the community
170 –  Number of hours Lisa and Ellen spent at the Madison Curling Club over the five days
15 –  Pounds of Candy consumed by Volunteers
106 –  Number of days until the Fall 2013 Half-Pint Resale
0 – Cost to Enter the Sale (always free!)

Join the fun at the 11th Annual Half-Pint Resale

It’s the 11th Annual Half-Pint Resale!  

This coming weekend is the 11th 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.  Despite the unusually cool weather, we promise that spring is 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?!

Did you join us for the Fall sale?  Remember how you felt when you dragged that big bag to the counter and wrote that budget-friendly check?

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.  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 (or get a sugar fix!).    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 for the Fun Booth thanks to First Moments Photography!!!  Come have fun with us!

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.

Looking forward to seeing you:
Saturday, April 20, 2013- 8am-6pm, and Sunday, April 21, 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 (tees, stainless steel sippy’s, glass insulated travel mugs, and flip and tumbles!) You can carry the Half-Pint love with you year round.

Look who Supports Half-Pint

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 is passionate about working with clients to help them plan for the future and manage life’s transitions. Many of her estate planning clients are families with young children and couples just before and after marriage. She also focuses on helping same-sex couples and non-traditional families ensure they enjoy the full extent of their rights!   She is offering a special deal for friends of Half-Pint so don’t delay!  You can also find her posting about family-related legal matters on facebook.

Swim East and West are making the water a safer place for over 23 years!  We have sung the praises of Swim East  and Swim West 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.”

Molly Bears is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit that exists to create a positive and comforting impact to families enduring any form of infant loss. They have over 3,500 bears on their waiting list and operate solely on donations. Every $45 they receive puts a bear in another family’s arms. Dannah Kilborn is a local bear creator for Molly Bears. She has made several hundred bears to comfort grieving families, several of them in the Madison area.  Donate today!


Happy Bambino, LLC – Madison’s premier place to get  quality pregnancy and parenting resources, safe, green, locally-made products and  caring, hands-on support  – from pre-conception through birth and beyond.  If you are pregnant or a new parent, HB is the place to go. Their parenting resources and groups are out of this world.  They personally helped me through some major breastfeeding struggles, introduced me to several of my bestest friends, and saved my wallet issues (which are great, mind you) with their JuJeBe line.  AND on top of this, they’ve been HUGE Half-Pint supporters and such good friends us and care so much about their community.

OFFICIAL HALF-PINT PHOTOGRAPHER

First Moments Photography – the official photographer of the Spring 2013 Half-Pint Resale, specializing in capturing life’s intimate moments!   Our family had Danielle take our first family photos, and she even survived past my child screaming “NO PICTURES”, and gave us great results.   See all of the fun from the Fall 2012 sale, and don’t forget to join us for the PHOTO BOOTH at this year’s sale!

TRICYCLE AND SCOOTER SUPPORTERS

Hula-Frog – Fun things for Kids to Do.  Have you checked out Hulafrog yet?  Visit madison.hulafrog.com, 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!

Attorney Juscha E. M. Robinson is your go-to local attorney (not to mention, our neighbor and friend, fellow Half-Pinter and mom!) for everything related to real estate.  It’s hard to know who to trust with such big (and often larger-than-life) decisions, but you can count on Juscha to help you with buying, selling (providing flat fee work for people working without agents), property agreements, options to purchase, land contracts, deeds, private financing documents, and foreclosures.  She prides herself on responsiveness, her quick turn around-time and flexibleness.

Thanks to locally owned Peace of Mind Nannies, finding someone to care for your children can actually be an enjoyable process.  Founded in 2010, Peace of Mind Nannies prides itself on building strong families within our community. They carefully match nannies and families; based on the needs of that specific family. Whether you’re a family with young children who need a full time nanny (even if it’s just for those summer months), or a busy mom who could use a mother’s helper, Peace of Mind Nannies is here to help!

Big Oak / Orton Park Camp  is a full-day, outdoor based camp on Madison’s eastside, especially suited for children ages 5 to 10. They utilize the many cultural, educational and recreational opportunities afforded us throughout the city, and incorporate the rich flavor of our community into the program through songs, art, music, recreational sports and games, and field trips. Informal, recreational swimming is offered daily. And the camp employs highly skilled counselors who specialize in the education of early elementary age children! They are state licensed and city accredited.

Spring is here and so are RainReserve rain barrels!  What’s better than rain water for your garden? Saving money!  Check out  www.rainreserve.com/wisconsin to learn more about their rain barrel sale on April 27th in Madison with three new colors, forest green, brown and gray.

Busy Barns Adventure Farm – Growing Memories, Harvesting Fun!   Busy Barns Adventure Farm happily invites you and your family to join them for their Spring Barnyard Adventures and fall Autumn Adventures. Make plans to spend the day on the farm Make plans to spend the day on the farm as you interact with the animals, play in the corn and straw, sit on the antique tractors, take in a puppet show, scurry down the rabbit hole slide, sway on the pony swings, complete the scavenger hunt & enjoy yummy food and drinks!

Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream – making and selling over 110 flavors of Wisconsin’s finest super-premium ice cream. You want nutrition? Eat carrots.  Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream has been a long time supporter of Half-Pint Resale.  We think you should eat their icecream because they are such huge community supporters (but we know that you will eat it because it’s so unbelievably irresistible and delicious.

Purging and Sorting Weekend

Anyone else take inventory of their stuff this weekend?  We had piles of shoes strewn over the living room and my kids took a trip down memory lane as they imagined how old they were when they wore the different pairs of shoes.  Me?  I was shocked about how many pairs of shoes we owned.  Then again, my eldest has gone through TEN sizes of shoes in his short 6 years, and with winter and summer and boots…  That’s a lot of shoes.

Thanks goodness for Half-Pint!

Next week I tackle clothing (and toys after the kids have gone to bed).  Anyone else purging and sorting and taking inventory of your needs for spring and summer? Don’t forget to print out our hand Inventory Cheat Sheets.  Remember, too, to trace your kids’ feet on the back so you’ll know if those awesome Euro shoes are the right size.  (You won’t want to miss out on boots like these!).

-E