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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!

Volunteer Registration is Open!

We so love our volunteers!

 And because during all of the craziness of the sale we don’t have a lot of time to tell all of you, we’ll do it right now.

Half-Pint is fabulous because YOU make it fabulous by being your already fabulous selves.   This community that you’ve all helped create is an amazing resource for area families.  Thank you for all that you do!

Want to be a part of this fun community?  Great!  
Because Volunteer Registration is open!  
We’ve added some extra slots this year, rearranged the shifts a little bit, all in an effort to make a better more efficient sale, and we hope you think so, too.  

As you are registering, please take the time to read the comments on the right side of the form.  When you click on a section, you’ll see little boxes appear.  These give important notes about the shifts and what you might be able to expect.  Little stars next to shifts indicate that there is some heavy lifting involved, so beware those of you with bad backs or with babies in carriers.

You’ll also note that we added information about what shifts are wild and crazy.  Let’s just say this:

If you are the kind of person who thrives on being busy and FAST and can handle some chaos, we need you on Thursday during check-in (anytime between 12:30-9:30pm) and Friday (anytime between 10:30-4:30pm).  These are BY FAR the busiest times at the sale.

If you are the kind of person who likes things calmer (read: steadier, quieter, less chaos), then shifts towards the end of the day Friday and Saturday morning are made for you.  Everything on Saturday from about 3pm on is what we would call Medium-busy.

We aim to have something for everyone.  (smile).  Or at least, we try.

Finally, note that, like last sale, we have some special opportunities, as well as some variable shifts.

Data Entry: These are three hours shifts (like the rest of our shifts), and are fairly flexible.  You tell us when you are free and we’ll do our best to accommodate.  Basically, we provide the computer and the 10key, and you provide fast fingers and the ability to sit for three hours and stare at A LOT of numbers.  (And type them accurately.)

Flyering: The ever popular flyering!  Basically, we need your Uber help getting out the word about Half-Pint.   We love that shoppers and consignors alike make sure that their friends, coworkers and families know about Half-Pint.  Some people, though, really go out of their way to post and distribute, and we know the amount of time it takes.   ** If you would like to flyer as your volunteer opportunity, you’ll want to mark that box at the end of the registration form, and send us your list of places you’d like to post.  We often have people who send us a list that duplicates someone else’s efforts, so be sure to get your list in early and wait for our approval to start.  You must commit to posting the flyer (or handing out the information) to at least 15 places with a minimum of 5 families.    If one of the places you agree to post will not post the flyer (it happens), then you’ll need to find an additional place.  

The Best Part of Volunteering:  The Volunteer PreSale

And to make the Volunteer Sale even a bit sweeter, we lengthened the Volunteer PreSale to two full hours.  (Just a reminder, that consignors and volunteers can shop both presales, but Must check-out in between.  Also, volunteers may not bring an extra person with them – say, a partner or fellow co-parent or grandparent – to the sale;  so if you want your cute hubby or wife to come with you while you shop, have them sign up for a shift as well!  We’ve had lots of mother/daughter and husband/wife teams!)

We’ve got nearly 200 shifts to fill to make this a smooth event – Ok, So go for it!  And thanks!

-EC and LS

Half-Pint Supports Kindred Kids

We really love Kindred Kids.  Yep, we love it because one of our fabulous volunteers started the non-profit after she saw a need in the community.  And we love it because it helps families of children with differing needs.  We love that it involves kids in helping kids, and that they find creative ways to involve the community.  We love it for all of those things – and we love it because it’s the thrifty thing to do.

You should check out Kindred Kids new website (some students from MATC designed it – not too shabby, eh?!) and read all about their mission.  But you should also check out Kindred Kids because they have a toy lending library for all kids.   And it’s only $5 a month.  WHAT you say?  I was surprised the first time I heard about it, too.  But it’s such an awesome idea.  Your kids love new toys, but your budget doesn’t. For only $5 you can go to Kindred Kids and borrow toys. Just return them a month later, and get some new ones!  New toys every month for a total of $60 a year, the price of two toys at Toys’R Us.  That certainly is thrifty!  The toy lending library is free for any children of differing abilities.

All toys and clothing not purchased that is donated at the end of the sale goes to this great non-profit.  They sell the clothing cheap (not only as a resource for families, but to help them raise funds for the services they offer), and they add the toys into the lending library.   Kindred Kids even purchases items at Half-Pint to add to their resource area for families with children of different abilities to use (for example, chairs like bumbos are great for kids who have a hard time sitting up).

When I asked Wendy, their director, what Kindred Kids was up to since we last visited, she had a lot to say!

“So much has changed!  We’ve moved down the street – now we are much bigger (5400+ sq feet compared to 1700 at the old location!)  We have a retail area with a snack bar in case the little ones get hungry for a healthy snack.  We even have carts to push  and cars for the kiddos to ride around in!!!

The building has several different areas, which is great because we used to have to drive from storage unit to storage unit to pick up the specialized equipment that families needed.    Now one area in the building stores all of those items.  We also now we have one area that is the toy library, another area that is a play room that has a party room attached to it.  There is a nice sized community resource room and library, and another whole room devoted to just kids gear.

Starting the first saturday in April we are expanding our ours and will be open 12-5 tues-fri and 10-1 on saturdays.   Thursday nights we have a ladies volunteer group.  It’s always drop in and project focused so that  mamma’s can stop in after 6pm for munchies and conversation while we work together on a variety of volunteer projects.  Nursing babies are welcome, too!  We are also gearing up for a Tuesday morning playgroup to start sometime in the next few months.

Our new addy is 951 W. James street,which is right next to Dollar General… a Columbus landmark on the main drag that is easy to find.  We also have tons of parking in our lot that is not next to a major highway so it is convenient and safe for moms and kiddos.”

Lots of folks really love to get their items back post sale (no problem, happy to do it) but if you are considering donating unsold items, Kindred Kids will be thrilled to accept the donation.  “Half-Pint Resale is such a blessing for our organization,” says Wendy.

No, Wendy, Kindred Kids is such a blessing for our community!  We – and the Half-Pint Community – are happy to help.

-EC and LS

We HEART our Volunteers.

We super HEART our volunteers. We don’t have the time to get you as much love during the sale as we wish we could since there are over 150 of you, and there are only 2 of us, but we hope that you understand what you are giving back to this community through your work!

See the lovely ladies in black? Fantabulous Volunteers.

And we hope that shopping early at the Volunteer PreSale is worth the effort.

So, without further adieu, we give you…  the 2011 Spring Volunteer Opportunities.

Not much new to say, since we mostly just added shifts to several times slots (in response to your suggestions).   As you are registering, please take the time to read the comments on the right side of the form.  When you click on a section, you’ll see little boxes appear.  These give important notes about the shifts and what you might be able to expect.  Little stars next to shifts indicate that there is some heavy lifting involved, so beware those of you with bad backs or with babies in carriers (we want to keep everyone safe!)

You’ll also note that we added information about what shifts are wild and crazy.  Let’s just say this:

If you are the kind of person who thrives on being busy and FAST and can handle some chaos, we need you on Thursday during check-in (anytime between 1 and 10pm) and Friday (anytime between 10:45 am and 4pm).  These are BY FAR the busiest times at the sale.

If you are the kind of person who likes things calmer (read: quieter, less chaos), then shifts towards the end of the day Friday and Saturday morning are made for you.  Everything on Saturday from about 3pm on is what we call Medium-busy.

We aim to please everyone.  (smile).  Or at least, we try.

Finally, note that, like last sale, we have some special opportunities, as well as some variable shifts.

Data Entry: These are three hours shifts (like the rest of our shifts), and are fairly flexible.  You tell us when you are free and we’ll do our best to accommodate.  Basically, we provide the computer and the 10key, and you provide fast fingers and the ability to sit for three hours and stare at A LOT of numbers.  And type them accurately.

Info Shifts: These shifts are for folks who are up on their baby-wearing, diapering, feeding, and gadgets, and LOVE to help people who look like they could use a little support.  They are also for people who know enough about Half-Pint that they can answer basic questions on how the whole shindig works.  AND you get to wear a big question mark on your back.  That sold the shift for you, didn’t it?

Flyering: The every popular flyering!  Basically, we need your Uber help getting out the word about Half-Pint.  We appreciate anyone who passes on the word!  Some people, though, really go out of their way to post and distribute, and we know the amount of time it takes.  SO!  If you would like to flyer as your volunteer opportunity, you’ll want to mark that box at the end of the registration form, and send us your list of places you’d like to post.  We often have people who send us a list that duplicates someone else’s efforts, so be sure to get your list in early and wait for our approval to start.  You must commit to posting the flyer (or handing out the information) to at least 15 places with a minimum of 5 families.    If one of the places you agree to post will not post the flyer (it happens), then you’ll need to find an additional place.  Let us know if you have questions!

Ok, So go for it! AND THANKS!!!!

-EC and LS

 

 

Midwest Clay Project

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.

And now that same amazing Jennifer has started her own fabulous business that we can’t rave enough about!  (and not just us; read about them on Madison.com)

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.

Winners!

We have early registration winners!    Thanks to the over 125 of you who registered before the August 15th Early Registration Deadline!

(Drumroll please).

The winners are –

New Consignors:  Winners (who will have their consignor registration waived and receive a $10 Half-Pint Gift Certificate) are CS and BK.

Returning Consignor:  Winner (who will receive a pass to get into the Volunteer Sale a half-hour early with a friend) is Veteran Consignor and Volunteer AP.  She’s been around since our FIRST SALE!  That is some staying power, friend.

Are you thinking – oh shoot – all of the fun is done, and I never got around to Registering to Consign.  Ah, but you see, the BEST part of Consigning is the empty bins and the check in the end!  Click here for more information.

-Ellen and Lisa

Volunteer for the Fall 2010 Half-Pint Resale!

Hey,  Half-Pint friends!

Volunteer Registration is open!

Why Volunteer for Half-Pint?  Because we’ll love you.  And you’ll be part of a great community of people who care about families.    We couldn’t possibly run Half-Pint without your help, and it could never be as big as it is without your participation.

Of course, getting in to the sale early through the Volunteer Pre-Sale September 17, 2010 (10am-11am) is our end of the bargain.  It’s worth it (trust us).

There are a lot of shifts available (early, late, midday, mid-week, weekend…).  We also have Data Entry shifts (you pick the time).  New this year are “info shifts” where volunteers help people shop the sale.  The volunteers will look for people needing bags or walking in and looking confused or apprehensive.  Volunteer will also, and most importantly, help inform people about infant/baby/toddler products, cloth diapers, babywearing, gear, and more.

And of course, back by popular demand, are the beer and pizza shifts.

There really IS something for everyone!

So sign up now so you get your first pick!

Ellen and Lisa

Summer Lovin’ at the Atwood Summerfest

Now that we’re past the fourth of July, I’m feeling the urge to dig in to summer.  It’s not going to be around forever, this fabulous thing called Summer, and we’ve already got a whole month under our belt.  It’s time for sittin’ on the beach and summer festivals.

One of our favorite, the Atwood Summerfest, is just around the bend on July 31, 2010.    We’ve been a part of this fest for the past two years, and are looking forward to our third and most fabulous year.  (Some of you may remember two years ago, when we were going to have our first booth, I ditched poor Lisa to haul off and have a baby.  Thankfully, a good friend saved the day and Lisa and Half-Pint supporter Angela led the fun).  Last year we continued the tradition with games, giveaways, and more.

And this year will be no different.  And we need your help!  First, if nothing else, grab your family, and come on down!  Lots of fun to be had at the many booths.  Saturday, July 31st, Noon to 7pm, Atwood avenue becomes a party zone.  (Don’t forget the sun-screen).

But if you have the opportunity, we are looking for several volunteers to help us deliver our own Half-Pint fun.  We are looking for two people for each of the following shifts:  11:30am-2:00pm, 2:00pm-4:30pm, and 4:30pm-7pm.   Folks who volunteer at Atwood will automatically receive volunteer passes for the upcoming Fall Sale.  Get your shift in now so you can concentrate on shopping (and consigning, if that floats your boat) come the middle of September.  It’s a good gig!

Interested? Email us at halfpintresale@gmail.com.

Ellen

New this sale: Beer and Pizza Volunteer Shifts

We’re announcing our Half-Pint volunteer shifts! Get ’em while they are hot.

New this sale?  Beer and Pizza shifts (no joke).  You come volunteer during these specific shifts (see the form for dates and times), and we feed you pizza and beer.   (We’ll have water, too, but you know you’re coming for the beer).  Also this sale, we’re opening up four Flyering shifts to anyone interested, AND we’ve added name-your-own-time data entry shifts.

So, pick your top shifts now, and we’ll assign you based on availability and needs.  And we’ll be forever grateful.

OH – The best part?  It’s not the good Karma (or even the Beer and Pizza), it’s that you can get into the VOLUNTEER SALE, of course.  Yep, by volunteering, you get to  shop before everyone else, Friday, April 9th, from 10am-11am.

Click here, you’ll never turn back….

-Ellen and Lisa