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Saturday, December 19, 2009


We can't post them all but this seemed especially important!

1. Fall Hazard Prompts NHTSA, CPSC and Dorel Juvenile Group to Announce Recall of Infant Car Seat/Carriers


We do NOT resell carseats/carriers.

We advise - to ALWAYS check for recalls, check safety guidelines for age of product, accept used from someone you know, accept only if it's never been in any sort of accident.

There are also some great sites with safety information for the holidays. Please check online if you have children, pets, etc, and have a safe holiday season!

Friday, December 18, 2009

What's in Store? (more like what's not!)

Our windows are showing off bright whites! If it's not going to snow, we'll still appreciate the puffy clouds, sunlight beaming off windshields, and whipped cream on hot cocoa...and white clothing from our store!

TOYS (a long list!):

Radio Flyer Spring Horse in like new condition! Covered springs, wide base, braided mane. All the kids want to climb on it! (but we have it blocked off for safety).

Builders tool bench, plastic, small, with nuts & bolts

Backyardigans Talking Pablo; sing along Guitar

Leap Frog Leap Pads and books; My First Leap Pad and books; Alphabet Magnets; Learning Buses; Discovery Ball; Learning Connections Train; Roll & Rhyme Melody Block; Learning Drum; Leapstart Learning Gym

Fisher Price Peek-a-blocks; Incrediblock; Pull Along Elephant

Fisher Price Little People Discovery Village

Fisher Price Laugh/Smile/Learn computer learning system (new); plush Learning Puppy

Fisher Price Activity Tunnel (2); Precious Planet play mat gym

Lamaze soft hanging toys

Parents Pound-a-Ball

Melissa & Doug Dinosaurs Jigsaw-in-a-box; Shape Sorter box; puzzles; Magnetic Play Joey (new)

a few Mrs Grossman's Create Your Own Activity Set Pirate Adventure (new)

Lincoln Logs Stagecoach Station; Lewis & Clark at Fort Clatsop

Thomas & Friends trains, tracks, buildings, carrying case, puzzle, books

Alex wooden croquet set; Alex Jr plush chime animal ball

Strawberry Shortcake large plush doll; Fashion Angels dress up large "paper dolls"; Rose Art sand art jewelry; pink fabric tea set; Doodle Bear (new)

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Magnetic Adventures

foam alphabet blocks, foam building blocks, foam bath-time letters

GAMES: Lucky Catch; Hisss; Disney Toy Story Memory; Circular Dominos; Deluxe Movie Edition Scene It?; Match It Transportation (new); Pottery Barn Kids Let's Learn Fractions; DK Silly Sentences and Silly Rhymes; Ants in the Pants; The Ladybug Game (new)

Dolfi wood Stegosaurus puzzle in box

crib mobiles; crib comfort sounds & lights; crib plush Pooh; crib plush Lamb; crib mirrors and play mats

Gretzky 99 plastic hockey sticks & pucks (3 red, 3 yellow)

Red Envelope canvas playhouse over wood frame with velcro on/off decorations


Light Bright

Big City Adventure set (wooden puzzle road & city); Pokemon Sinnoh Region play set; construction hat

Discovery Toys Phil-Harmonic

Plan Toys wood xylophone; shape sorter bus

Evenflo Exersaucer Walk Around

Playskool Inch Worm

play mats/floor gyms by Tiny Love, Fisher Price, Boppy, Sassy, Bright Starts

Barbie B-Book computer; Dora My First Crystal/Fizz Adventure Kit

small city roads foam-backed play rug

plush rocking cow; plush rocking lion w/shapes; GyGy plush rocking pony

Sesame Street sit-in walker

Santa Mr Potato Head

wood base bead maze

Vtech Kidi Art Studio (in box); Smartville 123 Treehouse

.....................we put out items every for updates, stock, wish list...........................


10% off all HOLIDAY clothing until 12/31! Many cute outfits, dresses, sweaters including "My First Christmas" rompers

25% off all clothing 0-24 months until 12/31! Jeans, pants, leggings, dresses, tights, tops, sweaters, jackets, bunting, overalls, outfits, pajamas and more!

25% off all stuffed animals & dolls until 12/31! Most are new with tags! Gund, Ganz, Webkinz, Strawberry Shortcake, Emily Elizabeth, Olivia the pig, bears, frogs, giraffes and more!

....................we will update you on new sales in the new year........................................................


Simmons blonde wood crib, rounded ends, very little wear

vintage medium solid wood adult rocking chair

child's wood rocking chair "Rock-a-builder" in primary colors/nuts/bolts

blonde wood portable crib

white wood toy holder with pastel plastic bins

cowboy/western style blue w/red bandana wood toddler bed and matching shelves

bassinets, white and honey wicker with or without stands; Kolcraft bassinet (in box)

Pali blonde wood changing table w/drawer & 2 shelves

pack-n-plays in navy and green, square playpen w/primary colors

high chairs by Graco, variety of styles by Peg Perego

red upholstered child's armchair (some wear)

.............we'll take toddler beds, cribs, changing tables, dressers, kids' furniture, gliders...................


Organic clothing, blankets, bedding, toys

Arm's Reach Mini Cosleeper in cream (no carrying case)

ERGOBaby carriers - we are an official seller! Come in to see new styles, the updated Heart-2-Heart insert, cotton & organic sucking pads. Try one on to tell for yourself how comfortable this carrier is for kids from newborn to 40 lbs!

Silver Cross vintage English Pram - Beautifully constructed, inside the cream bed is like new, below you can see the aged leather and wheels. Large, smooth, with full canopy, it's a beautiful way to stroll!

Bike trailer - can convert into a stroller!

Kettler tricycle - push handle not included, this bike is very adjustable and in great condition!

Medela Breast Pumps - These come in handy carrying cases, some with accessories, too. You'll save a lot buying one here!

BOB Utility double jogger - sporty, canopy, brake, harnesses, stable front wheel for off-road treks!

Baby Jogger single - green, canopy, in great condition, the original jogger! for pricing on special items....................................................................................


- Kelty Back Pack carriers
- slings, wraps, ERGOBaby carriers
- carseat cover w/wheels
- Flight harness
- pack-n-plays, infant nests
- dining booster seats
- Bundle Me's
- small activity toys
- books
- warm bunting for babies
- blankies, Taggies
- snow outfits
- we stock summer clothing in the back if you're headed to sunny places, just call ahead with the sizes you need travels............................................................................................

Remember - SUNDAY is Drop Off Day!

Holiday hours - Closing at 2p on Christmas Eve and closed 12/25 & 26, 12/31, 1/1/10

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

CPSIA Safe Holiday Tips

U.S. Consumer Product Safety CommissionOffice of Information and Public Affairs Washington, DC 20207
December 14, 2009Release #10-065 CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

Ten Tips to Keep Your Holiday Home Fire and Injury Free:Fires Lead the List of Hazards Related to Holiday DecoratingWASHINGTON, D.C.- As the holiday season approaches, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is urging consumers to make safety a factor in holiday decorating. Whether it is careful candle placement or checking the warning label on the holiday lights, simple safety steps can go a long way in preventing fires and injuries this year.Annually, during the two months surrounding the holiday season, more than 14,000 people are treated in hospital emergency rooms due to injuries related to holiday decorating. In addition, Christmas trees are involved in hundreds of fires resulting in an average of 15 deaths and $13 million dollars in property damage annually. Candle-related fires lead the list of hazards averaging more than 12,000 a year, resulting in 150 deaths and $393 million in property damage."Holiday decorating-related fires and injuries most often involve defective holiday lights, unattended candles and dried-out Christmas trees," said CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum. "We are providing this list of 10 simple safety steps to help keep your holiday home safe." Use the following ten safety tips when decorating this year:
Trees and Decorations
* When purchasing an artificial tree, DO look for the label "Fire Resistant." Although this label does not mean the tree won't catch fire, it does indicate the tree is more resistant to catching fire.
* When purchasing a live tree, DO check for freshness. A fresh tree is green, needles are hard to pull from branches and do not break when bent between your fingers. The bottom of a fresh tree is sticky with resin, and when tapped on the ground, the tree should not lose many needles.
* When setting up a tree at home, DO place it away from heat sources such as fireplaces, vents, and radiators. Because heated rooms dry out live trees rapidly, be sure to monitor water levels and keep the stand filled with water. Place the tree out of the way of traffic, and do not block doorways.
* In homes with small children, DO take special care to avoid sharp, weighted or breakable decorations, keep trimmings with small removable parts out of the reach of children who could swallow or inhale small pieces, and avoid trimmings that resemble candy or food that may tempt a child to eat them.
* Indoors or outside, DO use only lights that have been tested for safety by a nationally-recognized testing laboratory, such as UL or ETL/ITSNA.
* Check each set of lights, new or old, for broken or cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires, or loose connections. Throw out damaged sets. DON'T use electric lights on a metallic tree.
* If using an extension cord, DO make sure it is rated for the intended use.
* When using lights outdoors, DO check labels to be sure the lights have been certified for outdoor use and only plug them into a ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) protected receptacle or a portable GFCI.
* Keep burning candles within sight. DO extinguish all candles before you go to bed, leave the room or leave the house.
* DO keep lighted candles away from items that can catch fire and burn easily, such as trees, other evergreens, decorations, curtains and furniture.

Get a free brochure with more holiday decorating safety tips at CPSC's web site

'CPSC 2.0' Launches Product Safety Agency into Social Media -- Learn more at* Visit our new blog, OnSafety at* See our videos on YouTube at* Follow us on Twitter at* See our photos on Flickr at U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from thousands of types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. The CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard. The CPSC's work to ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals - contributed significantly to the decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury, call CPSC's Hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC's teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270. To join a CPSC e-mail subscription list, please go to Consumers can obtain recall and general safety information by logging on to CPSC's Web site at

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Taking In; Sale; Donations; Holiday Reuse

We will be taking consignments! Here's a new list for you:

- 2T to 6X winter clothing (jeans, pants, turtlenecks, long sleeves, sweaters, jackets, fleece, shoes, boots, snow gear, rain gear, hats) *We still have enough winter items in smaller sizes*

- ORGANIC clothing *any size up to 6X*

- High Chairs (clean, no recalls, in working condition)

- Cribs, changing tables, toddler beds (clean, no recalls, brought in already together or put together here BY YOU)

- Toys (clean, no recalls, in working condition, open battery compartments and check for corrosion, batteries must work, all parts included)

- Maya Wraps and other wrap-style baby carriers

- ERGOBaby carriers, inserts



25% off all stuffed animals & dolls (some new with tags!)

Emily (from Clifford)
Gund and Ganz bears
Ty Beanies
Shining Stars
and more!


We accept items at the store for donation as follows:

- Image For Success (current style clothing for everyone in the family)
- Soles 4 Souls (shoes in any condition)
- Project Night Night (blankets & stuffed animals in VERY GOOD condition)
- Loved Twice (clothing and newborn items, sizes 0-12 mos only)

We also advertise local businesses based around children, local moms, non-profits.

Please come check out all we do when you're here!

Do you want to post a flyer for a school play, local event, non-profit sale, etc? Please speak to Stephanie!


Remember to reuse packaging this holiday season and buy with the intent of taking home less original packaging. Try wrapping with plain paper bags, newspaper comics, even clean foil! Reuse last year's ribbons and bows. Decorate with leaves, twigs, pinecones that you find on the ground because they're no longer decorating the trees!

How do you make reusing fun?

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Sunday is THE Day to Drop & for This Little Piggy!

Consignment Drop Off Day = Sundays

We will accept tomorrow (remember to always check with us or our website before bringing in anythying):

Toys!! There seems to be a never-ending request for toys, imagine that! We love seeing little faces light up when they roll a car or push a button or give a hug to an object found in our toy section. We'll take walker toys, jumpers, exersaucers, and ride on toys. (Batteries must be working and all pieces must be included, clean and not recalled.)

Organic Clothing!! From preemie to big kids and maternity, any organic clothing is welcomed.

Snow Gear!! Many Bay Area families head to Tahoe, even Europe, during the cold months. Snow pants, snow jackets, ski bib outfits and ski/snowboard full outfits, snow boots and snow gloves will be accepted. (These are not "warm or winter" jackets, but meant for snow & freezing weather.)

Rain Gear!! Boots for splashing because you know kids won't walk around a puddle! Rain coats of any size, even rain pants and umbrellas are welcomed. (These are waterproof items.)



This Little Piggy is back for the last appearance of the year! (No appointment necessary, payment upon arrival.)

Come by 12-3p and press small hands and feet into fine china clay for beautiful lasting memories of how small the kids are right now.

$35 single
$45 double
+$10 frame

All new babies receive a FREE ornament!

STORE HOURS 10-6 Wed-Sun

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Summer Passed, Sale, Items in Store, This Little Piggy

Did you feel the sun shine bright for our Summer Sale, stock up for next year, this year or travelling? What a great time that was! Now summer items are once again in "the back", still available for sale but not displayed. Winter items are up front, snow clothing and rain gear, boots, sweaters, and darling holiday outfits!

Our first December sale is on stuffed animals/dolls! Save 25%!! They make wonderful stocking stuffers. Some have special tags that allow you to name a star, some cuddly soft for naptime, others, like Elizabeth (from Clifford) are posable! Gund, Ganz, Disney and other brands are waiting for new homes.

We have in store:
- vintage Silver Cross English Pram (price lowered to $750!)
- mini wooden rocking chair
- Thomas trains & tracks, Brio too
- Leap Frog Leap Pads (no longer being manufactured, these are wonderful learning toys!)
- some toys NEW in boxes like a Little Tikes plastic tool bench
- Sesame Street activity table
- Talking Elmo, Chicken Elmo, Talking Pablo
- Bumbo seats
- the latest ERGOBaby carriers and Heart-2-Heart inserts, organic sucking pads
- Jumperoo
- sit-in walker
- many warm & beautiful blankets & quilts
- pink Barbie 2 wheeler, blue 2 wheeler bike
- Buggy Board attachment for stroller
- double in-line stroller
- stroller covers, Bundle Me's
- Megabloks, wooden puzzles, hanging soft & plastic toys, mobiles

Maternity is warm and soft with sweaters in all sizes, lounge wear, jackets and slacks.

New things are put out every day! Our fantastic crew works hard for our dedicated consignors and devoted customers.



Last of 2009! Join us THIS SUNDAY for This Little Piggy!
From 12-3, come in to press small hands and feet into fine china clay for a beautiful lasting memory of how small your children are right now.
$35 single
$45 double
+$10 frame
All new babies receive a free ornament!

Thank you, Shawna, for providing such a wonderful service over the past year for local families at our store!!

Friday, November 27, 2009

EXTENDED SALE! Summer is at MKC!

Today was so great that we're extending the summer HALF OFF sale through Sunday!

Save half off swim suits, summer hats, summer shoes, summer clothing & summer maternity *WOW*

Darling items in bins waiting for you to discover. We still have all our winter items on the racks, toys galore, books, strollers (some at 30% off!), bouncers, a crib, a changing table, 2 bikes, exersaucers, breast pumps, diaper bags (25% off!), rugs, pictures, back pack carriers, ERGOBaby, infant swings, bedding, pack-n-plays, a Pottery Barn wooden toy box, bassinets, potties, Twin Set Clothing, play mats....and more! (no, really, I can't put down everything we have or I'd never stop typing!)

Please visit us when you're out and about this weekend for SUPER SUMMER DEALS!


We will NOT be taking any consignments this Sunday. Thank you for your continued support!


We are thankful for our consignors and customers, our first year anniversary has come and gone, and business is great. We hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving holiday!

Remember that November is Consignor Appreciation Month. Use store credit for your purchase and receive 10% off until 11/30!


Look for more sales coming in December!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Black Friday Sale - 50% off all summer items!


One day only, folks -


Sandals & Swim shoes
Bloomers (diaper covers)
Pool items (floaties and such)
Sand...just kidding!

Come in and stock up for next year (or 2011?)!!!!


Check out our Facebook page and become a fan!


We will be closed tomorrow, Thursday, Nov 26, for Thanksgiving. Our best to you and your family!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

TODAY! Happy First Anniversary to us!

Please join us TODAY for First Anniversary festivities!

SALES: 12% OFF the following...

maternity clothing!! (first of many firsts)

0-12 months children's clothing!! (first wardrobe)

newborn - small 3 shoes!! (first steps)

newborn hats!! (first head gear)

shopping cart covers!! (first shopping trip)

board books!! (first stories)

stuffed animals (first friends)


FREE SNACKS (healthy!)

Drawings for gift certificates!

Melissa and Stephanie are here to meet and greet. Please come by to celebrate with us.
We've been around 12 months because of YOU!!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Holiday toy safety from

We get daily updates via email. Do you? If not, read on for important information on future safety, town hall meetings, etc...

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Office of Information and Public Affairs
Washington, DC 20207

November 17, 2009
Release #10-039

CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

"Town Hall on Toy Safety": CPSC Talks to Parents About New Rules Aimed at Making Toys Safer

NEW YORK, N.Y. - At a Town Hall meeting held in New York City, CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum was joined by parents and consumers to talk toy safety. The discussion centered around new federal safety rules that are in place for toys that will give American consumers greater confidence when they go shopping this holiday season. Chairman Tenenbaum informed the audience that starting this year:

* federal limits for lead in paint on children's toys dropped to 90 parts per million, which is among the lowest in the world;

* toys for children 12 and younger must now be tested and certified that they meet the new lead in paint limits;

* children's toys cannot be made or sold with more than 300 parts per million of total lead;

* children's toys cannot be made or sold with more than 0.1% of six prohibited phthalates;

* and most children's toys now fall under mandatory standards, instead of voluntary ones.

"It is important to make safety a priority when making your holiday toy purchases this season," said Chairman Inez Tenenbaum. "CPSC has worked hard this year to give parents and grandparents greater confidence that the toys they seek to purchase have enhanced safety protections for children."

So far in calendar year 2009, CPSC has had 38 toy recalls, which is down from 162 in 2008 and 148 in 2007. Toy recalls involving lead paint are also down. This year there has been 14 recalls involving lead, down from 63 in 2007 and 85 in 2008. CPSC attributes this decline to increased enforcement at the ports, cooperation with other nations, consumer awareness and education and compliance by the industry with new federal safety rules.

For 2008, the Commission has reports of 19 toy-related deaths and about 172,700 hospital emergency room treated toy-related injuries (pdf) to children under 15. Almost half of these injuries, approximately 82,300 were to children younger than 5 years of age. Most of the deaths were associated with drowning, motor vehicle involvement, or airway obstruction from a small toy or small part of a toy.

Here are some safety steps consumers can take while shopping this holiday season:

* Scooters and other Riding Toys - Riding toys, skateboards and in-line skates go fast and falls could be deadly. Helmets and safety gear should be worn at all times and be sized to fit.

* Small Balls and other Toys with Small Parts - For children younger than age three, avoid toys with small parts, which can cause choking.

* Balloons - Children can choke or suffocate on un-inflated or broken balloons. Keep un-inflated balloons away from children younger than eight years old. Discard broken balloons at once.

* Magnets - For children under age six, avoid building or play sets with small magnets. If magnets or pieces with magnets are swallowed, serious injuries and/or death can occur.

Once the gifts are open:

* Immediately discard plastic wrappings or other packaging on toys before they become dangerous play things.

* Keep toys appropriate for older children away from younger siblings.

* Charging batteries should be supervised by adults. Chargers and adapters can pose thermal burn hazards to young children. Pay attention to instructions and warnings on battery chargers. Some chargers lack any device to prevent overcharging.

Along with educating the public, CPSC is equally committed to working with foreign and domestic toy manufacturers, importers, and retailers to help them understand and comply with these new requirements, while keeping their doors open and their businesses competitive.

To see this release on CPSC's web site, please go to:


'CPSC 2.0' Launches Product Safety Agency into Social Media -- Learn more at

* Visit our new blog, OnSafety at

* See our videos on YouTube at

* Follow us on Twitter at

* See our photos on Flickr at

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from thousands of types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. The CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard. The CPSC's work to ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals - contributed significantly to the decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.

To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury, call CPSC's Hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC's teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270. To join a CPSC e-mail subscription list, please go to Consumers can obtain recall and general safety information by logging on to CPSC's Web site at


This message is from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission,
an independent federal regulatory agency, located at 4330 East West
Highway, Bethesda, MD 20814 Toll-free hotline: (800) 638-2772

Thank you.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Other posts; Party; What's new and gift ideas

Kelly Baker Photography was amazing today! We opened part of our store as a mini studio and Kelly used her professionalism and patience to create some wonderful pictures! If you missed out on her special $50 sessions this time, please look out for another announcement of her return.

See notes from today and about our upcoming PARTY NEXT SATURDAY on Facebook (become a fan!)...

Did I mention we're celebrating our FIRST ANNIVERSARY?! Next Saturday, Nov 21, 10-6 we will be having fun at the store! Drop off your name for a drawing for gift certificates. Snack on free yummy healthy foods. Enjoy extra savings on special One Day sales.


Every day is a new day at the store! If you're a regular shopper with us you are used to seeing displays moved around. This time we've added shelves along one whole wall and pulled the clothing toward the center of the store. Come by and check it out! We must be mobile due to the fact that we never know what is coming in and what will be sold. But that's fun for everyone, keeps our look fresh, and allows customers to browse the entire store to take everything in. We hope you enjoy your visit and items purchased. We hope you enjoy consigning with us and shopping on store credit (save 10% this month by doing so!).

New items in:
- open top swing by Graco, brown/plaid
- Tiny Love Motion & Sounds mobile
- Trek "Jet" red/black small two-wheeler bike w/training wheels
- chair attach dining booster seat w/tray
- table attach booster seat
- Mrs Grossman's Adventure sticker sets (new!)
- HOLIDAY OUTFITS (2 racks!)
- slippers
- snow boots
- a few rain boots
- wooden toys, tracks, train sets
- Parents wooden Busy Zoo activity cube

Holiday gift ideas from our store:
- Dora science adventure kit (new)
- hand-painted pictures
- Barbie computer book (new)
- clothing (fancy dress, pants, pajamas, etc)
- Pokemon game
- wooden dinosaur puzzle (like new)
- keyboard
- NEW stuffed animals (Maisy Mouse, pigs, dogs, bears, Emily Elizabeth, bunnies, etc)
- wooden lunch set (new)
- large soft Strawberry Shortcake doll
- Pottery Barn doll
- Diaper Dude bags
- Petunia Picklebottom bags
- Fleurville bags or backpacks
- fancy dresses
- books, board to chapter
- Radio Flyer Spring Horse (like new)
- plush rocking horses and a cow
- picture frames
- wooden rocking chairs, 1 blonde wood, 1 vintage solid oak
- ice skates (hockey style, size 1-2, black)
- building blocks (Duplo, foam)
- Leap Frog educational toys
- back pack carrier (Kelty)
- ERGOBaby carrier (selection of styles, inserts, sucking pads, waist extenders)
- western style toddler bed and matching shelf/toy box

(and that's just off the top of my head!)

Hope you had a great weekend. See you Wednesday!

Friday, November 13, 2009

We're all over the place; Party with us 11/21! Sunday take ins

We are spreading the words every which way about our store! We love to use Craigslist for ads, local mothers club newsletters, Marin Mommies website, our own website and more...

Do you Facebook? Please become a fan of our page:

We had a coupon in the Marin IJ! Did you catch it? It's worth 10% off a shopping trip.

Our postcards have been set in many daycare facilities, Dr's offices and more. If you have a location for our postcards to be left, feel free to ask for some to put out!

Word of mouth - that's been one incredibly reliable way for the word to spread about our store. We are SO LUCKY! Consignors and customers alike love telling others about positive experiences and we happen to be a location where good things happen. Thank you!



We are coming up on our first complete year of business. Time has flown by in the best way possible - with us being BUSY BUSY BUSY! To celebrate this tremendous feat in these uncertain times, we are happy to invite you to party with us on Saturday, November 21, 2009, from 10-6!

- Drawings for gift certificates!
- Special sales!
- All natural food snacks - free!
- Sign up for email notices!
- Meet and greet with both Melissa and Stephanie!


What are we taking this Sunday?

- Any size snow gear: boots, outfits, jackets, pants
- Any size rain gear: boots, jackets, umbrellas
- Any size organic clothing
- Any size tights/leggings
- Infant swings - check batteries!
- used ERGOs or baby wrap (Maya, etc)
- Toys in very good/clean/all parts there condition - check batteries!

We no longer accept:
- complete bedding sets
- onesies
- VHS tapes

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Happy Anniversary, Consignor Appreciation, What's New, Be Warm, Gift Shopping, Be Safe, Events

We are having a party to celebrate the store's first anniversary!! This is HUGE!

Please join us on Saturday, November 21, 2009, ALL DAY (10-6) at the store. Melissa & Stephanie will be there whooping it up, thanking customers and consignors alike with surprises and fun!


We already have Consignor Appreciation Month going this month. Save 10% by using all available store credit!


New items in the store this week include:

2 Leap Pad Learning System in carrying case w/books & cartridges (like new!)
Fisher Price Aquarium bouncer seats
baby dolls
doll sized "pack-n-play"
Barbie B-Book computer (never used!)
All sizes ski clothing (on a rack in the front of the store)
Winter hats, gloves, mittens
Rain coats (on clothing racks by size)
Bundle Me stroller/carseat covers in warm fleece
Fisher Price Healthy Care high chair
Graco high chair
Spider-man sleeping bag with storage bag (like new!)
Spider-man back pack (like new!)
Diaper bags in back pack, messenger bag and shoulder strap styles, for Dad's too!
"Baby's First Christmas" outfits
play mats for floor-time tummy & back play

FYI for the colder months we carry:
- leggings & tights
- sweaters, fleece & jackets for kids & maternity
- wipe warmers
- pajamas, nightgowns & sleep sacks
- Bundle Me's for strollers & carseats
- front baby carrier covers
- infant bunting

We also have many items suitable for gift giving:
- NEW clothing
- NEW ERGOBaby carriers & accessories
- Diaper Bags (like new!)
- Games, books
- NEW stuffed animals
- crib mobiles
- Kolcraft bassinet (never used!)
- beautiful wicker bassinets (like new!)
- fancy dresses and clothing still with tags on
- picture frames and small decor items, wall decor


*NOTE* Due to recent recalls we will no longer be accepting or selling Car Seat Bases. Please be safe!


EVENT THIS SUNDAY! This Little Piggy will be back in the store! Come in from 12-3 to press small hands and feet into fine china clay and create a beautiful lasting memory of how small your kids are now!

EVENT SUNDAY 11/15 Kelly Baker Photography will be in the store! Contact Kelly at
kelly@kellybakerphotography to schedule a 20 minute session for $50!

The store will be closed Thursday, November 26 - Thanksgiving Day.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Doing good things

There are some good things being done, did you know? We love to be a part of it all by participating via the store, personally, or spreading the word. Here are some items of interest:

WHAT: Mama Monologues with Special Guest Author, Anne Lamott!
WHEN: Saturday, November 14, 6-9 pm
WHERE: Christ Church, Campbell Hall, Santa Rosa Avenue, Sausalito
COST: $30 for single ticket, $25 per person if you buy as a pair. Includes entertainment, food and drink!
THE CAUSE: Leave the kids at home and join your mom friends or bring your significant other for a night of laughter, tears and heartfelt stories. All ticket proceeds benefit a mom in need. This show benefits Jacquelyn Mitchard, a mom of nine who lost her life savings in a scam!

Thanks to responses to our request to donate books so that we may give them out as Halloween treats, many kids were able to get a book in hand that day just for coming by the store. Now that the holiday is over we are donating ALL leftover books designated for give-away to The Book Place store in Novato, run by The Friends Of The Marin Country Libraries. They will be getting TWO BAGS of kids books from us (you) - yay!!!

Please come back tomorrow to read up on new items in the store, what we're accepting this Sunday, and more!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

News Day

Great things came in last Sunday! Three pack-n-plays, organic clothing, Thomas items, bouncer seats, strollers, ladybug umbrella, new costumes (banana!) and more.

BOB Utility double jogger
Graco front/back double stroller
Maclaren jogger
Bumbo seats
pajamas & sleep sacks
winter maternity
Size 2T boys & girls

We are diligently working on reviewing, entering, tagging and getting items onto the floor ASAP. We are only entering what we're accepting as well as pulling only winter clothing and large gear from back stock.

Thank you for your consideration in dropping off books for MKC to hand out as treats! We have a big bag but could use more if you come by tomorrow (Friday, 10/30). All donated books remaining after Halloween will be given to The Book Place, non-profit store supporting Marin County Libraries. SATURDAY HOURS: 10-4

25% off Diaper Bags - great designer looks, in our maternity section
30% off strollers - single, double, walk, jog, etc!
Ending 10/31 so hurry in: 50% off bedding sets, 30% off Fisher Price Nature papsan bouncers

We have many bras to choose from now! Supportive, well-fitting, for prenatal and nursing, these are a great value.
Sweaters and warm jackets are out as well as more jeans!


11/1 This Little Piggy from 12-3, no appt needed!

11/15 Kelly Baker Photography, contact kelly@kellybakerphotography for a session time!

11/21 Our First Year Anniversary Party!

We will be closed Thanksgiving Day

Consignor checks will be run the last week of November.


Don't forget to turn back your clocks this weekend. Happy Fall!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

New Items - New Pricing - Halloween Day - Donations

A list of items NEW to the store:

- Maclaren jogger, the "Mac 3"
- Blonde crib and matching changing table
- Fisher Price Aquarium Healthy Care High Chair
- winter hats
- rain boots
- snow boots
- NEW ERGOBaby styles!!
- Halloween costumes
- crib mattresses
- baby dolls
- stacking boxes
- soft blocks, fabric & foam
- Diaper Dude (diaper bags)
- ORGANIC clothing and swaddlers (mostly 18 mos & under and we'd love to expand!)
- fancy dresses
- winter coats, fleece
- Baby Bjorn potty seat
- floor play mats
- Close & Secure sleepers (nests)
- twin clothes (boy/girl, girl/girl, boy/boy)
- Kelty backpack carriers
- girly lamp
- jungle theme bouncer seat that matches an entire room set w/hamper we have
- slippers
- crib mobiles
- blonde wood rocking chair
- Maternity outerwear, bras, cords, jeans

As I look around the store to complete the list above I realize it would never be completed! There are so many new items which we receive every week that it would simply take me too long to find it all! You'll have to come by, spend some time browsing. Or if you have a particular item in mind we will take your email ( or phone call (415-456-4943).

Here is a list of items we have specially priced:

- Fisher Price Aquarium series cradle swings $50
- VHS Tapes $2.50 (Disney and more)

At 30% OFF:
- all strollers
- all diaper bags
- Fisher Price Nature papasan bouncer seats 50% OFF until 10/31:
- Crib Bedding sets (Pottery Barn Kids, Wendy Bellissimo, Amy Coe and more)

We take in consignments.....SUNDAYS only, from 10-6
We are accepting...................Rain, Snow, Costumes, Swings, Strollers, furniture, and for clothing ONLY 2T clothing for boys & girls.
Sorry.......................................No other kids clothing, no maternity clothing, no shoes at this time.


Happy Pumpkin Season!

We will be open from 10-4 on Halloween Day.

Kids in costume can come by and receive a very special "treat" - a book!!

Are you making a costume from scratch? Will you buy one from our store? Have you shopped local thrift stores and garage sales to piece something together? If you'd like to share your ideas for this holiday, please leave a comment or email:!


We LOVE to donate!

We love customers who bring in donations. Sometimes we have more than we can distribute. Please let us know of any non-profit local charity that will accept, in reasonable condition:

- baby clothing
- kids clothing
- toys
- books
- maternity clothing
- other items

If you or the agency can pick up, bonus for us! Help us spread the bounty!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

New in store and Safety first

One of the fun things about working in the store is that every day is different! From customers to stock, there are newbies everywhere!


2 identical white wooden toddler beds by Jardine

3 crib mattresses by Sealy

Camo Diaper Dude bag

Small navy pram (displayed next to the large pram!)

Rain boots **

Snow boots **

ERGOBaby shipment is in! Choose from a variety of looks in standard 100% cotton, organic cotton, or the Sport carrier. We brought in the new Heart2Heart Infant insert and more sucking pads! **

COSTUMES (mostly newborn - 3T) **

Leapster (pink)

Peg Perego Aria stroller (gray) - this is so easy to open & close!

Fisher Price Aquarium Healthy Care High Chair w/double trays & toys

soft play blocks

2 identical pastel bug mobiles

More fleece, sweaters, jackets, raincoats, snow clothes are coming onto the clothing racks!

** YES! Accepting these items on Sundays until further notice!


Safety first for your kids, other kids, and ourselves!

We have had to return or toss (which we don't like to do!!) items due to the following potentially dangerous reasons:

- corroded batteries
- recalls
- too dirty
- incomplete
- too used

Please remember to check for all of the above before bringing items in. We do have certain expectations that none of the above will be a hindrance to accepting or selling items.

Easy steps to take to:

- check for recalls ( is a good place to start)
- open battery compartments to check for corrosion
- replace dead batteries (recycle the old)
- wipe down all surfaces
- wash fabrics

With safety gratitude - thanks!!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Meet Katrina and more

After a brief blog absence I'm back again to announce we have a new store assistant! I've been happily training Katrina in customer service and all aspects of the store. Please come in Wed-Fri and say Hi to her! Meanwhile I will be at the store but also on the road for marketing. It's really an exciting time at MKC!

We are selling strollers at 30% off tagged price! Brands such as Combi, Graco, Peg Perego and more are in front of the store. Check them out, push them, fold them, see if they work for you.

Diaper Bags are 25% off tagged price! Our selection includes some Motherships and Sling Totes by Fleurville, JujuBee floral backpack and messenger bags, Timi & Leslie and more. For Dads, try the Diaper Dude bags!

ERGOBaby shipment just arrived and we are so excited to have expanded our selection! More colors, new styles, the new Heart2heart Infant Insert as well. Please come by to try out this amazing carrier. You'll be glad you did! Support for the child rests on your hips and the shoulder straps have thick padding for your comfort. From newborn to 40lbs, you'll love this carrier.

Costumes!!! Do you love the bit of coolness in the air recently? Fall has arrived and we have our rack of costumes out front for easy browsing. While we carry costumes all year round, now is the perfect time to pick up something fun to Halloween (and every day wear, according to some kids!) at a great price.

Here is a site to learn more about Being Green This Halloween:

We are pleased to share this group's philosophies!! Come by our store on Halloween (special hours: 1p-4p that day) and all kids in costume get a free (used) book!

Please mark your calendar for the next This Little Piggy in-store event, Sunday, November 1, from 12-3p!

That was a lot of news. Please bookmark our site to come back and review!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

What's New

One crib
Two changing tables
Three tricycles
Four cradle swings
Five frog costumes
Six Leap Pads

Single jogger
Double Combi stroller
Triple play by the Giants (we have a few Giants clothes!)

It all adds up to a great selection!

Whether your child is five weeks, five months or five years old, we have many items to choose from. Books on feeding, behavior, sleep, play or books to read out loud. Games for learning shapes or for family game night. Shoes to play with or run around in.

We appreciate the variety of items brought in and you will, too. Italian brands, Swedish labels, German manufacturing, Made In The USA and more, we hope you find something unique, or at least that you find what you were looking for!

Changing room from baby to big kid? We have some fun decor for the end look.

Would you like to save on maternity clothing? We have racks full of tops, pants, jeans, and bras, sure to fit (try on here!) and sure to please your wallet.

We have in stock: Peg Perego High Chairs; Fisher Price Cradle Swings; Bundle Me; ERGOBaby; Boppy; Leap Frog; Thomas; shopping cart covers; ORGANIC clothing; exersaucers; Bounce Baby Zebras; rocking horses...and so much more!


- Until 9/30 save 25% off all kids' tops and outfits!! Find turtlenecks, button ups, tees, polos and more by Baby Gap, Hanna Andersson, Le Top, Ralph Lauren, Tea and more

- Strollers are 30% off! Peg Perego, Combi, Cosco, Graco and more

- Diaper Bags are 25% off! Fleurville, Timi & Leslie, JuJuBee, Diaper Dude and more



We now accept old cell phones, cell phone accessories and batteries, iPod/MP3 and accessories to be RECYCLED.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

New Set Up

We've got costumes in the window - Trick or Treat! Lots of cutie jack-o-lanterns, peas in pod, bumble bee, cats, Tigger, Pooh, Piglet and more. Most are 2T and under sizing, babies are just too cute when dress them up! We do have a few larger sizes for the children that want to pick their own costume.

We have replaced summer shorts and tanks with warm pants and long sleeves. Winter jackets, sweat suits, sweaters, flannel have been hung with care on our organized racks. As always we have footsie pajamas, sleep sacks, robes, bedding, games for game night, books for night night. Maternity now has more long sleeves, jeans and outerwear.

You may also drop off your donations at our store for local charities which provide for people in need:

Loved Twice accepts clothing 0-12 mos. Please wash, snap, button all items to save their volunteers time when packing.

Image for Success takes all sizes of clothing, books.

Marin Pregnancy Resource Center will take maternity clothing.

Project Night Night accepts LIKE NEW stuffed animals and blankets

**Here are some Marin Kids & Maternity Consignment points of interest**

- Check our website for what we're taking for consignment
- Review the Seller's Agreement (PDF file)
- Sunday is our only Drop Off Day
- Items need to be clean, in good condition, check for recalls before coming in
- Furniture must be assembled and functioning
- We do not return clothing or shoes for any reason; they are kept until sold
- We are closed Monday & Tuesday
- We sell gift certificates
- We create informative emails approximately twice monthly (Consignors automatically receive these unless requested not to. Customers can sign up at the store or online)

Friday, September 18, 2009

Flatter Your Figure

Warm sweaters, sound cozy? Ah yes, never mind the heat of the moment you'll need something for the cooler days and evenings coming up! Maternity Outerwear has jackets, coats, sweaters, shrugs, and more for you. The shirt selection has long sleeves, mid sleeves and pullovers, perfect for your winter wardrobe.

Parties of the season are coming up, too. We have formal tops, dressy skirts and beautiful dresses, along with slacks. Put on your fancy clothes!

We carry nursing tops, camis, bras and sleepwear so after baby's born we can still help with clothing. Not only nursing bras and camis but for maternity.

Winter is creeping onto the kids' racks, too. Find more jackets, sweaters, long sleeves, cords, etc. And their shoes are changing for colder weather, too. Snow and rain boots, hiking boots, fuzzy slippers for cold tootsies.

Bunting and snow gear are also making their appearance. Great for Tahoe, camping, travelling.

We're keeping summer in the back so shorts and dresses, etc, are available throughout the colder months. It would be ideal to call ahead with the size of summer you need so we can pull the right box and have it waiting for you when you come in.

We also have darling dressy dresses for girls and costumes! Have a great weekend.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

CPSC Back to School Safety Checklist


U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Office of Information and Public Affairs Washington, DC 20207

September 8, 2009
Release #09-337
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

CPSC Joins President Obama’s Back-to-School Campaign

WASHINGTON, D.C. - As a new school year gets underway, President Obama launched a major back-to-school campaign today aimed at keeping kids in the classroom. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) new Chairman Inez Tenenbaum carried the President’s message to South Carolina where she met with students and faculty at Rosewood Elementary School in Columbia.

Tenenbaum, a former South Carolina State Superintendant of Education, brings a strong focus to CPSC on educating and informing children and consumers across the nation about product safety. She released CPSC’s “Back to School Safety Checklist” (PDF) and urged parents and schools to use it to create a safer school environment for children.

“It just takes a moment for a child to be seriously injured or even killed riding a bicycle, playing on the playground, using a movable soccer goal, wearing a jacket with a drawstring or by a recalled product,” said Tenenbaum. “Let’s keep kids in the classroom and out of the emergency room. Parents and school officials should make it a priority to check for hazards at home and at school.”

CPSC’s “Back to School Safety Checklist”


  • I checked with my school’s officials to make sure that the school’s playground equipment has been inspected and maintained.

  • There are at least nine inches of shock absorbing surface material around my school’s playground equipment.

Each year, more than 200,000 hospital emergency room visits are related to playground injuries. Most injuries involve falls onto the playground surface or playground equipment.

Bicycle Helmets

  • My child wears a helmet that meets CPSC requirements every time he/she bikes or rides a scooter to and from school.

  • My child’s helmet fits snuggly, level on top of the head, with a buckled chin strap.

CPSC staff has reports of an annual average of 80 children under 16 years of age who died in bicycle-related incidents in recent years. About half of the approximately 500,000 bicycle-related emergency room-treated injuries in 2008 involved children under 16 years of age.


  • None of my child’s outerwear clothing has drawstrings at the hood or neck area.

Since 1985, CPSC has received reports of 28 deaths and 71 non-fatal incidents involving the entanglement of children’s clothing drawstrings.

Movable Soccer Goals

  • All soccer goals are securely anchored while in use.

From 1998-2008, CPSC has reports of at least 8 deaths and an estimated 2,000 emergency department visits by children younger than 16 years of age that are related to soccer goal tip-overs and structural failures.

Recalled Products

  • I have checked CPSC’s Web site,, to make sure all back to school purchases and previously owned items have not been recalled.

  • I have signed up at to have email alerts of CPSC recall announcements that interest me sent directly to my email inbox.
  • What's New

    - Light wood crib with curved end panels, round slats, in very good shape! Nothing missing except a mattress and baby ;-)

    - Open top swings with music, varying speeds, mobiles or not, lightweight

    - Travel open top swings, same as above but smaller profile to move around & travel more easily

    - Bjorn potty chairs: 1 white, 1 grey

    - Boppys in a variety of fabrics

    - Peg Perego high chairs

    - Graco square pack-n-play style playpen with bright colors

    - Sesame Street walker (sit and roll)

    - Close & Secure Sleepers (parent bed nests)

    - Round wool rug, light green with dancing lamb in the center

    - Contoured changing pads

    - Infant to toddler bath tubs

    Current Sales...

    Twin bedding (ALL BEDDING 25% off until 9/15)

    Summer hats (ALL SUMMER HATS 50% OFF until 9/15)

    Swim wear (ALL SWIM WEAR 50% OFF until 9/15)

    Horses (ALL ROCKING/SPRING HORSES 25% OFF until 9/15)

    Maternity (ALL MATERNITY 15% OFF until 9/15)

    Diaper Bags (ALL DIAPER BAGS 25% OFF)

    It's a new day and that means new things on the floor!

    Sunday, September 6, 2009

    New Set Up

    What a week. The heat was oppressive, not my usual California sunshine! I was putting up winter jackets on our racks while making sure the fan was pointed directly at me in the store, phew! So summer wear is being packed but not leaving, it's in our back room by size should you need warm weather clothing for trips, etc. It will be available all winter, no worries!

    Our windows are going to show off the great summer hats and swimwear - both are 50% off until 9/15!! Cover heads and eyes from sun and wind, take a dip during the last warm weeks and do it all for less.

    Maternity racks are also cooling off, halters and shorts being stored (but available!) for winter. Come in for your fall and winter wardrobe and you'll save 15% until 9/15!!

    Rocking horses, spring horses, zebra or any other animal to ride are 25% off until 9/15! Soft, cute, some make sounds, they get the kids active and smiling. Come in and pet one today.

    Now's the time to stock up on bedding that is 25% off until 9/15! From complete crib sets, to full room decor packs, quilts, sheets and more are in a variety of styles and colors. We carry crib, bassinet, pack-n-play, and twin bed sizes (stock varies). One stop shop for new babies or kids changing beds or themes. Pottery Barn Kids, Dwell, Wendy Bellissimo, Baby's Dream, and more brands to liven up rooms.

    Bouncer and rockers seats are 25% off until 9/15!! Super sitting for newborns to babies who like to look around, bounce, play with hanging toys, listen to music or other soothing noises. A variety of styles, shapes, and pricing are immediately available. Papasan seats, Baby Bjorn and other brands will keep baby happy (until baby needs you again, of course!) We have most seats up on our wall and we will gladly take each down to demonstrate.

    Diaper bags are getting to be so pretty and practical that you hardly know they're "diaper bags" anymore. Our selection is 25% off! Fleurville, Petunia Picklebottom, Timi & Leslie, Eddie Bauer and more brands each have their own look and you will appreciate our pricing.

    The store is in constant motion. Due to the unpredictable nature of consignment we try our best to show off pieces in a manner that makes them 1) accessible 2) attractive 3) room left to move around. Since we've started Sunday Drop Off Day we may have more on the floor than usual that day (TODAY!) but it's so worth it as the items brought in will be appreciated by our customers. Thank you consignors!

    Just 9 more days until a new SALE set. Can't wait to see what we do ;-)


    Some items that came in today...

    - two Graco open top swings
    - Learning Tower
    - Bjorn potty chairs
    - bath seats
    - back pack carrier
    - changing table pad
    - Cooshie booster seat
    - Diaper Genie and refill
    - Baby Jogger warm cover up
    - Dwell Zoo bedding and accessories
    - Peg Perego Papa & Nana high chair
    - stroller

    See you Wednesday (or soon thereafter, right?)!

    Friday, September 4, 2009

    Flatter Your Figure

    Flatter that fabulous figure - for less:

    15% off all maternity until 9/15!

    Mimi, Olian, Isabella Oliver, Duo, In Due Time, Glamour Mom, Gap, Old Navy, Motherhood and more brands are on our racks right now!

    One woman liked purple, another was all about "peasant style" tops, some come in for business or formal wear, many try out jeans to see what style fits best. There's no right or wrong, there's right style, right fit!

    We have a selection of bras for nursing and later months, camisoles, shorts for the last warm days, formal tops, skirts, dresses and casual pieces, khaki and black pants, long or short sleeve tops. You can work out or stay in with a new pregnancy wardrobe.

    You don't have to settle for men's wear! Try on a top that works with your body shape and feel good about your growing figure. Whether you want high waist, mid waist or low waist pants, they're here. Need something in-between? We have belly bands to cover what other material misses.

    While here you can check out breast pumps, nursing pillows, infant clothing & bedding, toys, books, journals, picture frames, and don't forget - diaper bags are 25% off!

    The mirror speaks the truth. Love it!

    Wednesday, September 2, 2009

    What's New

    Ready, set, run:

    - Maclaren Triumph in green & black

    - Gray & black Zooper Boogie Stroller with moving front wheel, seat reverses, folds out to "pram"

    - Lakeshore wood furnished dollhouse, three floors

    - Little Tikes outdoor swings

    - Bjorn potty


    - See last entry for our latest sales!

    We are pulling winter items from the back room and removing summer from the racks (to be available by request over the winter). This is work that happens in stages so please ask for something if you don't see it.

    See you on Sunday for This Little Piggy and for Drop Off Day!

    Because we had such a great drop off day last Sunday it will take me some time to go through it all, so I'm going to continue to list new items over this week - stay tuned!

    Sunday, August 30, 2009

    New Set Up

    School days, school days, good old Golden Rule days....

    Our Back To School sale ends on a great note today! Many of you saved on jackets, shoes, pants and books! Clothes in the window this past week were hung together by yours truly to help show how you can create great outfits from individual pieces off our racks. Shirts, sweater, jackets, pants come together easily when you follow your own style. Sweet lavender, cool green, hot reds, warm oranges, bright yellows, mix-n-match on us for a lower cost school wardrobe.

    Replacing the outfits in the window are now pieces in the theme of blue & white. These will match the blue toile on the upholstered rocker chair also in the window as well as the Silver Cross English Pram. Clean, classic, blue and white is like the sky, or water and bright sun - So California!


    We are kicking off September with new sales (you're welcome!) 9/1-9/15 save...

    *15%* OFF Maternity! Any piece, every brand, we have the largest selection of gently used to new consigned maternity apparel in Marin! Bras, blouses, dresses, jackets, jeans, pants, shirts, shorts, skirts, sweaters, and more are waiting for you to try on so you feel and look your best while pregnant. You'll find Mimi, Japanese Weekend, Olian, Isabella Oliver, Seven, Gap, Motherhood and more labels fill our racks with a variety of outfits from casual to formal. Nursing moms, your clothing & bras are included in this sale!

    *25%* OFF bedding! Sheets for crib, bassinet, pack-n-play, flannel or knit blankets, fleece or cotton, satin, receiving blankets, quilts, crib skirts, crib bumpers, even some twin bed items. Also crib sets by Pottery Barn Kids, Wendy Bellisimo, Baby's Dream, and more designers.

    *25%* OFF rocking horses! We have rocking horses for toddlers to preschoolers and two different sized Radio Flyer spring horses. From furry to fuzzy, quiet to neigh-y, these are FUN toys, partner!

    *25%* OFF bouncer/rocker seats! We've got what was popular when new. Find them here in very good condition for less! Fisher Price, BabyBjorn, Combi, and other brands.

    Goodbye summer...

    *50%* OFF kids & maternity swim wear! Get a suit for the Indian Summer, winter vacations, or for next year! Suit up and save.

    *50%* OFF summer hats! Visors, neck flaps, bucket hats, swim hats, ball caps, chin straps, flowers, denim, khaki, they're great to keep sun out of sensitive eyes and off tender skin.

    Don't forget these on-going savings...

    All Fisher Price cradle swings (rock back & forth & sideways) are just $50!

    Diaper Bags are 25% off! From makers like Fleurville, Timi & Leslie, Petunia Picklebottom, etc, style & function come together.

    Want a swing but not a large piece? Try Travel Swings! They're easy to move around with handles, fold up neatly, and keep baby low to the ground. Songs, noises, and adjustable speeds help baby get comfy. We have them priced from $25-$35, saving you at least 1/2 off retail prices! Great for traveling, sitters, grand-parents, small homes, going from outdoors to in, etc.


    Today (Sunday) was our official day of the week for drop offs! On Wednesday we'll announce all the great things that were brought in. Remember, we are also still entering clothing and shoes and other stock received over the past couple months so every day is new on the floor! We are also packing away summer clothes and bringing out cool weather clothes. Just ask if you don't see what you want for winter as we may still be working on it.

    See you next Sunday for Drop Off Day! (no clothes or shoes accepted at this time) Of course you're always welcome to shop during our store hours, Wed-Sun 10-6!


    Next Sunday is also This Little Piggy!!! See our website for details!

    Friday, August 28, 2009

    Flatter Your Figure

    SAFETY FIRST! Baby Joggers clasps unsafe:
    (we have not sold these and don't have any in stock)

    Now on to the fun stuff - maternity clothes! Most summer items have been taken down and will be stored in the back should you have a warm winter vacation or if you're not prepared for a possible local Indian Summer. Going through the maternity section last night was fun! I found some treasures to display, cute stuff! And, yes, some if it is SO cute that I try it on just to see if a non-preggo can get away with wearing it.

    This shirt (left) by Isabella Oliver was worn by celebrities! Well, not this actual shirt but the style of shirt. It's an amazing piece, mid-length sleeves, cross front, and loooong material that wraps around (and around and around) your belly. Different, stylish, fun!

    Our dress selections include some formal pieces for special events, along with business and casual looks. Silk, cotton, polyester, knits, perhaps you'll find a favorite.

    Dressy tops (left) have a beautiful range of colors and patterns, fabrics and textures. We have slacks and skirts to match them with.

    More sweaters are being put out along with outer wear such as jackets, shrugs, coats, etc. Whether you want to completely cover up or just keep your arms covered you'll be able to get cozy.

    Need a cover up for the midsection? Bella Bands and other stretch knit bands are great to fill in any "wardrobe gaps".

    Want a fun gift for a parent or older siblings? Take a plain tee and use fabric paint to create "I'm The Daddy" or "I'm the Big Brother/Sister" shirts to wear when baby's born. Add hand prints of the older kids, even the baby once he/she arrives. You can look back on the shirts with fond memories, even use them again!

    You don't have to settle for a mumu! No matter your size, keep your fashion sense throughout your pregnancy and spend much less by buying from our store. We try to have the best quality on our racks!

    (left) Glitter "Baby" tee with with gathered layers skirt, black & pink diaper bag by OiOi

    **Diaper Bags are 25% off!!**

    Maternity brands: Mimi, Juliet's Closet, Seven, Japanese Weekend, Duo, In Due Time, Gap, Old Navy, Motherhood, Isabella Oliver, Olian, and more!

    Thursday, August 27, 2009

    What's New

    Oooh goody! New stuff! Even if it is old stuff, it's new to us!

    - Girly (pink & white) quilts, blankets
    - Eddie Bauer wood open top swing with cream seat & toy bar
    - ERGO shipment came in!
    - hand-painted canvas kids' rooms art by a local mom
    - stacking cups
    - Bumbo seats
    - Little Tikes toddler crawl & slide
    - Daddy saddle
    - Stokke-LIKE blonde chair
    - New Doodle Bear
    - maternity business suits
    - Medela breast pump
    - 3 wood peg puzzles in holder

    We will gladly take your old stuff and make it our new stuff! Our only Drop Off Day is Sunday, anytime during business hours. Check our website for restrictions and call us if you have any questions.

    ****We are now collecting used cell phones, iPhones, iPods, etc, for recycling

    ***This Little Piggy is back on Sunday, Sept 6, from 12-3!

    **Our Back To School sale ends this Sunday!! 50% off jackets; and 25% off shoes, bottoms (pants, skirts, etc), books, VHS

    *Diaper Bags are on sale! 25% off all brand names such as Fleurville, OiOi, Petunia Picklebottom

    **Did you get to see H2O green cleaning products in action? If you're interested we can show you a brochure. (I bought the clay and can't wait to make our plastic backyard furniture like new again!)

    ***We have costumes! Well, we carry them year round ;-)

    ****Looking for organic diapers? We'll be happy to show you the Lotties system we have in stock. Want organic clothing and toys? Check our organic section (which we'd love to grow!)

    School is new, too! My kids are in 10th, 4th, and 1st grades. I have heard only good things from the kids, have been to one Back To School Night, found one lost pair of shoes, kissed one booboo knee. Overall, it's been a great year so far (we're on day six).

    Sunday, August 23, 2009

    New Set Up Sunday

    Toys for sale

    Back Packs, Moses baskets, Bouncer seats

    Pottery Barn Cameron wood toy chest

    New Castle rocker/swivel chair with ottoman

    Silver Cross pram from England

    Ahhh, today is the end of my work week. I love to leave the store fresh and new!

    Last week Melissa displayed our amazing selection of diaper bags in the front of the store. THEY'RE ON SALE!!! 25% all diaper bags - Fleurville, OiOi, Petunia Picklebottom and more. Pretty, stylish, practical and discounted on top of our below retail pricing; doesn't get better than that! They'll still be up front for you to easily browse.

    I'm changing out the windows to display Back To School outfits I've put together. The BTS sale is going until 8/30! Come in for 50% off jackets, 25% off bottoms (pants, skirts, etc), shoes, books, VHS - Way to head back to school for less! This sale also pertains to Newborn-4T so babies, toddlers and preschoolers get savings, too!

    We have a gorgeous blonde wood dresser/changing station combo in the window next to the Silver Cross pram and New Castle upholstered rocker & ottoman. Our maternity window mannequin is now sporting khakis and a fun top with the diaper bags nearby. ERGO Baby carriers are set up in the tall bookcase between them. Easy to see, easy to browse.

    Swimsuits are down off the clothing racks and swimshoes are out of the shoe bins BUT are still available. (Preview news: in Sept swimwear will be on sale!) We have all off-season items boxed but still in stock. If you need to browse off-season boxes please call 24 hrs ahead so that we may pull the right sizes for you.

    Strollers line our outside walkway, from double jogger to single umbrella. Fold them, push them, fit your child. We have rain covers for strollers and a great selection of Bundle Me covers for carseats & strollers.

    We are a hands-on store and open to all questions. After all, Melissa, Lynn and I have almost a hundred years parenting experience between us! How do we find the time to have jobs, be moms, tend to our families and make sure you enjoy green & friendly shopping? It's our passion.

    *NEW* Cards for birthdays, pregnancy, thank you, etc. (Plus Stephanie's own designs coming soon!)

    *NEW* Cell phone recycling - a new program by a company which recycles most every piece of the phone and accessories!

    *NEW* Yesterday we had a demonstation of H2O environmentally friendly, non-toxic cleaning products. Amazing stuff! Want to know more? Just ask to see a catalog.

    *ON-GOING* Collection bin for; collections for Image For Success, Marin Abused Women's Services (and kids), Pregnancy Resource Center, Marin Community Clinic, Project Night Night. Know of a charity in need that we could help? Tell us!

    Remember: Sundays are consignment receiving days. Please check our website for details. Thank you for your amazing support and partnership with our store!
    What can you bring in to us as of today? Here's a partial list (if you have questions please call or email)....

    Friday, August 21, 2009



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    Flatter Your Figure Friday

    Redo! All our maternity racks are now by size. There, isn't that better?

    On average bellies will "pop" around the 5th month. When you come in you'll be pleased to find a variety of styles and sizes to help keep you comfortable and stylish until baby comes.

    Want to stay in your favorite jeans as long as possible? Try a belly band, full stretch band which hides unsnapped waists and covers your belly under shorter shirts.

    Our bra selection holds black, white, tan for both pregnancy and nursing. Glamour Mom camis are one piece nursing tanks which are very comfy and easy to use.

    Trying on outfits at our store will help you decide if the look is right for you. Want our opinion? We won't try to hard sell you. We want you to look good, too! We've BTDT (been there, done that) for pregnancies and we know that #1 is comfort plus you need room to grow.

    Room to grow. Our store needs this, too! Thanks everyone for your consignments and for being loyal customers.

    Here is a partial listing of brands you'll find on our racks: Japanese Weekend, Mimi, Gap, Seven, Motherhood, Pea in the Pod, Duo, Two Hearts, Julie's Closet, Glamour Mom, Old Navy, In Due Time.

    We also carry nursing pillows by My Breast Friend and Boppy, breast pumps, maternity swimwear, journals, books on prenatal care, birthing, baby and child care. Right now in our store we have a wonderful rocker armchair with matching ottoman, changing tables, bedding, mobiles, blankets, toys, baby carriers, stroller, clothes and shoes for kids!

    Thursday, August 20, 2009

    What Happened to Wednesday?

    Wednesday's gone and it will never be back (until next week). We do have some What's New News for you a day late!


    - Brown backpack with skulls (like new)
    - Pink & White Peg Perego high chair
    - Honey wicker bassinet with stand
    - 2 doorway jumpers
    - Cinderella doll in stand
    - Soccer ball potty
    - Sponge Bob night light
    - 2 umbrella strollers
    - soft blue hippo toddler chair
    - combo Dresser/Changing Pad in light finished solid wood
    - Buggy Board
    - GoGo Baby
    - new ERGOs in blue, embroidery, black/green
    - Red woven jump rope with green wood handles
    - Leap Frog Fridge Phonics
    - Fisher Price Laugh & Learn Little Kitchen
    - Pumpkin lights (and we always have costumes!)

    This Saturday we're having our first H2O product demonstration from 2-3p. Come by for a chance to win some things and learn about this wonderful line of green cleaning products!

    Don't forget our Back To School Sale is on until Sunday, 8/30! You'll save 50% off all jackets, coats, fleece, and 25% off all Shoes, all Books, all kids Bottoms, VHS. All Fisher Price Cradle Swings are now $50!

    We've just put all diaper bags on sale for 25% off!

    Mark your calendar for This Little Piggy on Sunday, Sept 6 from 12-3.

    Please check our website for updates on consigning. Remember our receiving day is now Sunday (any time during store hours).

    Recently some personnel shifting has taken place due to family reasons. If you see an unfamiliar yet friendly face at the desk, know you will continue to receive our best customer service. As a consignor you may look forward to an emailed Item List Report (always cumulative), sometimes with only partial updates, as we diligently enter from bags left with us over the past couple months. When we have room to take in more, we'll let you know. Meanwhile, our continued thanks for your business!

    That's a lot of news! Want to be sure you don't miss anything? Sign up for email notices or follow our blog!

    Sunday, August 16, 2009

    Set up Sunday! What we need in the shop....

    Marin Kids and Maternity Consignment welcomes you to Set-Up Sunday! We welcome consignors new and old to bring in baby and maternity gear to set you up.

    Here's a list of what we need today:
    1) Floor Gyms
    2) Jumperoos
    3) Doorway Jumpers
    4) Baby Monitors
    5) Walkers
    5) Boys size 7 shoes
    6) High quality, clean toys for all ages
    7) Ergos
    8) Baby Bjorn with lumbar support
    9) Portable hook-on high chairs (like the Regalo)
    10) Dining booster seats
    11) Bed rails
    12) Potties (like the Baby Bjorn)
    13) Size LARGE maternity jeans

    Please be sure your items are CLEAN so we can get them on the floor right away! Thank you, we love helping you recycle your wonderful items!

    See you at the shop!


    Sunday, August 9, 2009

    New Set Up Sunday and Sale Shout Out

    Today it's a true summer day, warm and bright! Our window was also bright the past week with darling rompers across them. Our store got a BIG dose of sunny goodness - Pottery Barn kids chairs, New Castle adult rocker, rocking horses, Graco pack-n-plays...yay!

    Weekly Window Display
    I know it's warm but soon enough Fall will be upon us and cooler mornings and evenings will mean new jackets. We have them for you at 50% off right now until 8/30!! This week our window will show off some examples of the great styles we have in store from Hanna Andersson, Columbia, Levis, Old Navy, Baby Gap, Seeds, Janie & Jack and many more.

    New News

    All size swimsuits and swim tops are now on two racks, one for boys, one for girls. Easy pickings for beach, pool, sprinkler!

    Organic clothing and twin sets are now in one location. The organic side also holds 100% organic cotton ERGO Baby carriers, 100% organic cotton ERGO infant inserts, a darling infant hat by Earthlings, and the flyer for Lotties Danish organic diaper system. The twins sets are .... multiplying!

    New Castle rocking/swivel armchair with ottoman in white with blue toile. SO comfy!

    Combi and Peg Perego high chairs

    Blonde wood changing table with shelves

    Ragazzi crib in shabby chic cream

    Moby Wraps in terra cotta, black

    Sesame Street Elmo sit in walker (2 ea)

    Buggy Board stroller stand attachment

    Sit-n-Stroller (airline certified seat on wheels w/canopy - travel goodness!!)

    Cloth diapering supplies by Bare Wear, Gerber, Diaperaps and more

    SUNDAY SALE SHOUT OUT! Back to School savings!

    Until 8/15 save 15% on...

    - Bedding (Pottery Barn Kids, Wendy Bellisimo, Baby's Dream and more)
    - Bath (Safety First tubs, Bjorn, Carters towels, Parents toys and more)
    - Bouncer Seats (Fisher Price Aquarium, Jungle, Papasan, zippered netting covered and more)
    - Floor Gyms (Fisher Price Rainforest, Baby Einstein, Boppy, Tiny Love and more)
    - Hats (Gap, Disney, Janie & Jack, Flap Happy, and more)

    Until 8/30 save 25% on...

    - Kids clothing bottoms (pants, jeans, shorts, skirts, overalls, bloomers - Baby Gap, Gymboree, Le Top, Levi, Old Navy, Baby Lulu and more)
    - Shoes (newborn to big kids 2 - Stride Rite, Elefanten, Keen, Converse and more)
    - Books (prenatal to chapter books - Dr Sears, What to Expect, Disney, and more)
    - VHS (movies & programs - Disney, Nick Jr and more)

    AND save 50% on ALL kids jackets, coats, fleece (Baby Gap, Levis, Columbia, Old Navy and many more)

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    Important: Please go to our website for consignment details. We are full on most things, gratefully so! We will absolutely post the moment we are able to accept clothes and shoes again. Remember, today (Sundays) is our new and only Drop Off Day. Thank you!

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    I love sales! I don't only shop sales but if one's in my view I hit it. The sale at this store is even having me look more closely at our racks for things my younger son could wear because at these sale prices I can get a lot more than I thought! Of course, our normal prices are already below retail and the quality you'll find is very good to excellent, but we know now's the time to stock up for school clothes, get ready for the coming months of busy busy. We'll continue to keep summer wear out for a while and have begun to add cool weather items to the racks. I'm loving this, how about you?!

    Friday, August 7, 2009

    Flatter Your Figure Friday

    Ok kiddos...

    Need extra room in pants for cloth diapers? We have some styles that may suit.

    Have too much room in regular pants? Try adjustable waist bands.

    What's your style for back to school - jeans & tee, khakis and polo, overalls and plaid, leggings under a skirt with cute tank and hoodie? We can do that.

    Simple, sweet, casual, dressy, a touch of funk, we have a range of styles on our racks for you!

    What looks better than a new wardrobe? A SALE sign next to it!

    BACK TO SCHOOL Sale until 8/30 - wow!!

    50% off all kids jackets, coats, fleece - Fall is coming next month, early mornings during the week, breezy afternoons, they all call for something warm to bundle up in.

    25% off all kids shoes - Some schools don't allow sandals so try loafers, tennies, boots, velcro or lace up. Weekends are still fun with water shoes and those "not for school" sandals ;-)

    25% off all kids bottoms - Jeans, khakis, shorts, skirts, overalls, bloomers. Warm or cool weather cover ups in a variety of brands.

    25% off all books - Prenatal, nutrition, raising kids, sleep habits, board books for babies, beginning readers, chapter and story books. Get in the habit of reading every day!

    We pass our style to our babies, toddlers, try to get preschoolers to wear it and plead with graders. I love mix & match, retro looks, and fun graphics and a limited range of colors. Oh boy did I put my babies in some funny things! Funny now, not then. Now I love when my daughter puts together pieces from her wardrobe that weren't meant to go together but they do go together. I put on a "Mom" smile when my younger son puts brown with black (and then I try to coax him into something else). I am thankful my older son does not show off boxers from low slung jeans! They are developing their own preferences. I am still around to guide but I have to listen to their wants. I'm glad I choose what I choose for myself. I'm glad my kids are learning what they want to choose. And I'm glad they were babies so I could do what I wanted for a little while!

    Wednesday, August 5, 2009

    What's New Wednesday

    What's new? Every day is new, every drop off is new! Sometimes even business practices are new, updated to make sure everything runs smoothly.


    Due to the continued overwhelming response by consignors (new and old) dropping off marvelous items, we are going to accept drop offs on ONE DAY A WEEK - SUNDAYS.

    After checking our website and calling in to see what we are able to currently accept, we welcome your drop offs from 10-6 every Sunday.

    Prior to dropping don't forget:

    - Use paper bags or diaper cases as containers
    - Clothing has been washed, is folded
    - Shoes have a match and have been wiped off
    - Toys have been wiped off and have all parts included
    - Books with pages and covers in tact
    - Bedding has been washed
    - Check for recalls on baby gear, wipe it down, make sure it works
    - REPLACE batteries or check for corrosion, include power cords

    * We don't want to have to charge extra for cleaning or batteries. Please help us! *

    We hope this new Drop Off Day will help us streamline our duties Wed-Sat, helping us set up the store as necessary, put our new items, and give each customer our full attention.

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    Have you had to make some adjustments in your life recently? Being at the store is an adjustment for me! I was a stay-at-home mom for 8 years (and that was an adjustment from working FT for many MANY years). I hope you find our store a fun place to be, exciting to browse all the new items in new displays. I am finding my niche in finding niches for all the fun stuff at the store. Melissa and I know that we'll never stop working towards what's best for everyone!

    Sunday, August 2, 2009

    Speaking of Set Up....consignors have set us up!

    Hee! I posted Set Up Sunday on Saturday and didn't realize it until today. At least that's one thing I'm ahead on ;-)

    Today I just had to get back here to tell you all about the many things we received over just the last couple of days. It's been dreamy drop off time, la la la la! (We'll take Monday and Tuesday to rearrange and make everything fit, we hope)

    GATES - white metal gates, various lengths; play yard gate; plastic gate

    CRIB - Ragazzi shabby chic white, straight lines with curved end toppers

    CHAIR for the family - Light blue toile ("Innocence Sky") on Little Castle's Heritage club chair glider with matching ottomon.

    CHAIR for kids -upholstered rocker in fine blue plaid

    HORSES - We're corralling them: One Radio Flyer spring horse for larger kids, braided mane, like new. Three soft & furry rocking horses for small kids in a variety of styles.

    PACK-N-PLAYS - We have 6 more in stock now!

    STROLLERS - Quite a few rolled in! From Kidco to Peg Perego, joggers, double, umbrella and many, many more.

    BREAST PUMP - Another Medela breast pump is now in our collection, in a nice leatherette carrying case and a box full of Medela bottles and accessories

    HIGH CHAIRS - Peg Perego Martinelli (missing cover), Fisher Price Healthy Choice (not missing cover).

    TOYS - Ride on Little Tikes mini and a Stark ride on; Disney/Pooh doll stroller; two baby dolls new in the box; princess purple cone hat; musical keyboard; Big Barrel of Playdoh toys; wooden puzzles.

    OTHER - Kelty Back Country back pack carrier; white frame with clear colored bins toy sorter; blue and gray plastic art/writing desk with chair; double nursing pillow.

    * * And remember, we're having a SALE until 8/15! All Fisher Price cradle swings are now $50. You'll save 15% on...bath, bedding, bouncer seats, floor gyms, and hats.

    Hold on, one more very important piece of information. As we've had to post on our website, we cannot accept clothing for consignment at this time. (OUCH, it hurts to say that but it's ok). We have run out of room in our storage area to keep clothing - that's a good thing! We are busy, have plenty to restock with. We are making progress daily on entering items so look for Item List Reports via email if you've been patiently waiting on your clothing.

    Please call ahead when offering any other items for consignment. We appreciate knowing what's coming in and whether we need to make room. You'll also appreciate any feedback if we have too many of a certain item, etc.

    Tell a friend! Together, we are making all of this happen. Smile!