We’re kicking things back into gear (and quick – have you seen all of those school ads out there? And I don’t know about you, but the cool weather this morning has me – just briefly – dreaming of fall). Hope you are planning to join us the weekend of September 9 and 10 for the 8th semi-annual Half-Pint Resale! Last sale we sold over 19,000 items in just two days, putting your goods back out into the community and a few extra dollars into local pockets. We love that everything stays right here in our community – we’re an Entirely Local operation.
Let’s get the sale on your calendar! Click here for all of the ins and outs and times and details. The sale will be held again at the Goodman Center – We’re thrilled that they continue to work with us to make it possible for us to take over their busy center for so many days. New to this sale is expanded space at the center. We’ll be rearranging a bit and using another art-room space in the same building, mostly for gear and other large goods. Never been to Half-Pint and are wondering how this whole gig works? Read here!
We’ve increased our hours ever so slightly to allow for more shopping. As the sale grows and increases in popularity throughout the community, we want to make sure you have the time to get what you need without greatly expanding our days and adding to expenses (and decreasing consignor percentages). We added another half-hour onto the Volunteer Sale time (giving volunteers a FULL two hours to shop). We also added an extra hour onto the end of the day on Friday so after you put the kids to bed you can head over for a more leisurely look through the racks that were stuffed early in the morning and find a few additional treasures. (We’re biased, but 9pm is also a great time to grab the girlfriends and head out for a drink afterwards; we’re just sayin’.) 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!
We’ll continue to offer our 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 more fretting over a distant parking spot and the idea of carrying everything you want to buy – so Shop Away! Consignors, we’ll have similar service for consignor drop-off as well.
Of course, the HIGH QUALITY of the goods being sold and the incredibly affordable prices won’t change a bit! As veteran thrift shoppers, we know how important this aspect is to the success of the sale. We take great pride in making sure that the items being put on the sale floor are in gently used condition. The AFFORDABLE prices, well we certainly can’t take any credit for that. 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.
Consignor Registration is open!
Consignor Registration is now Open and will remain open until Sept. 2. Check out the Consigning page on our website to learn about all of the fabulous perks of consigning (including 70% of your sales, and a special pre-sale all for you!). Make sure you look through the Tagging Guidelines and our What to Sell documents on this same page, as we continue to tweak all of these to make them more comprehensive. You’ll also note that we are no longer accepting Cribs (note that we are accepting other similar items – read on).
We’re continuing to work hard to make Drop-Off of your items during Consignor Check-In as easy as possible, and have even more strategies to make it go quickly, as it did last sale.
Registering Early has it’s perks!
We’ll soon have mini-Half-Pint bumper stickers hot of the press so you can proudly show folks how much you Love to Thrift. We’ll be randomly picking 100 folks out of those who register in the next two weeks (new and returning) – deadline August 10th. (that is a lot of winners!!!!)
There isn’t any reason to wait- Register now, and start purging and tagging!
Lots more to come in the upcoming days – volunteer registration, Printable Posters, a special way to get the hangers and pins that you need, fun contests and ways to get your pre-Half-Pint fix! If you aren’t yet registered for our email list, now is the time to get on board.
We’re excited to see y’all again!
Ellen and Lisa
So you’re new to Half-Pint. Maybe you have a little one on the way, or you’ve just moved to the area. Maybe you just got word of this great resource for your family, and you are wondering – how does this all work?
From a purely logistical standpoint, Half-Pint Resale doesn’t have a “home” per se. We love our current location, but because Half-Pint Resale is a four day pop-up event kind of deal, we are mobile. Half-Pint Resale is twice per year, taking place in both spring (featuring spring and summer clothing) and fall (featuring fall and winter clothing). Our current location, which we love and adore to the enth degree, is the Goodman Community Center and their lovely lovely gymnasium. They kindly tell all of their regular programs to take a week off and they let us take over their fine center.
All of the “stuff” (racks, etc.) live in various places around our homes. An office? That would be our dining room tables, which, after our day jobs are complete and our children go to bed, we fortify with our laptops, Cherry Coke Zero, Coffee, Microwave Popcorn, and all forms of Gummy candies.
The Stuff that is for sale at Half-Pint
Where does all of the stuff come from? Hundreds of families out in the community have it all stored away in their basements in big giant bins right this very instant! Whether they have been holding on to it for sentimental value, or they have always wanted to find a way to retain a little of it’s original purchase price by reselling it, it’s a treasure for another family waiting to be found. This “stuff” is all items that are geared towards pregnant moms, newborns, to kids around the age of 7. It’s strollers, it’s pack and plays and exersaucers, it’s breast pumps and cloth diapers. It’s tremendous amounts of clothing and toys. If it’s something you are looking for – someone out their in the community has it and would love to pass on the good deal to you and your family.
I’ve got stuff!
Great! Consignment is actually a fairly easy process. There are a lot of details on our website, but basically it goes like this: You read the consignor agreement (which basically states that you will hang, tag, and price all of your own items per our basic guidelines, and then in return will receive 70% of the sales minus a small $5 consignment fee). You sign up to be a consignor online, and then we send you a consignor number, which you use on all of your tags to identify your items.
And then you set to work finding all of the awesome, stain-free, current items around your house that are in sellable condition and tag them. All you need is safety pins and tags, which you have photocopied from a pdf file on our website. We also suggest a glass of wine or some other treat, but that is really up to you…
You bring the consignment items on the Thursday before the sale to the Goodman Community Center (during a specified time). Fabulous volunteers check all of your items in and you put them on the sales floor. Done, you brush your hands of the items and squeal in glee.
You don’t even need to come to the sale (although I can’t imagine staying away!). On Sunday morning, when the sale is over, you have the option of picking up all of your items that didn’t sell (you will have stated this on your consignor agreement). You could also have decided to donate any left over items to our Charity of Choice, and in that case, you could just wait for your consignor check to appear two weeks later. (See more below)
The entire sale is set up on Thursday night after Consignor Drop-off is over. For a few hours, a few volunteers and ourselves sort and label like mad-people and finish up final tasks. Friday is a fun day. There are two presales before the sale itself is open to the general public. The first is the Volunteer Presale. We treasure our 150+ plus volunteers, so the first is a thank-you all for them. As a special perk, Volunteers are eligible for bringing their children. The second is the Consignor Presale. Each sale lasts an hour and a half.
The public sale opens at 2pm. During the sale there is a volunteer in the “Gear/ Large-Item” area to help you if you want to purchase one of these non-carry-able items. There are also volunteers with question marks on their backs, there to answer any type of question you might have. There are volunteers in the Baby Carrier area to help you become acquainted with the different types of carriers available. You also will find volunteers helping with line management, checking people out, at the cash registers, and doing data entry. Finally, you will find a volunteer in our “Loot Valet” area, which allows folks to purchase items and leave them by the door for easy car retrieval and stuff pick-up.
The sale takes cash and check at the moment. And we love it when people bring their own bags.
Yep, on Saturday, when we open in the afternoon at 1pm, everything is half-price, accept for a few items that have green tags (and will be over the $75 price). 1-5pm on Saturday is bargain hunting mania!!!
It all happens in reverse. Items are sorted – some go to a local charity and are picked up that evening and taken away, and other items get sorted back into the 200+ bins that were left by folks who wanted their items back (it’s a big BIG task). Everything is taken down and loaded back up into the U-Haul. We go home and collapse, and come back Sunday morning for about two hours to make sure everyone who wants them gets their bins back. All consignors get their checks in the mail within ten business days.
But what can you really find at Half-Pint?
Oh, you can find a LOT! Prior to the sale I fill out our cheat sheet, and am often able to score something in every category on the list. I’ve seen most every baby contraption you can imagine, not to mention trendy baby carriers, strollers, diapers. If you think you might need it or want it, we probably have it. Items are generally priced at about one third of their original value.
I hear there are lines.
It’s true, there are lines. When you are trying to move 15,000 items in and out of one somewhat small room in a matter of just 16 hours, there are bound to be a few lines. We do our best every sale to tweak the check-out process. Know that we are constantly watching and assessing!
How do I volunteer?
Go to our website, click on Volunteers, and fill out the online registration form! You don’t need to have prior Half-Pint experience! Volunteer shifts are three hours long, and entitle you to a pass to get into the Volunteer Presale! Good stuff.
Just ask! Lisa and I are always happy to be in touch! Just send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oh, and WHEN is the next sale? We would be remiss if we didn’t remind you of that – You can find all of the information HERE. Also check out consignment information (here) and volunteer information (here).
Ellen and Lisa