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Saturday, April 25, 2009

MAY 2009 EVENTS

Saturday, May 2
10a - 1p
If it's the first Saturday of the month, we must be hosting This Little Piggy! Press precious prints into fine china clay. Keep the moment of your baby being small forever. New babies get a free ornament! http://www.yourpiggyprints.com/

Saturday, May 9
1p - 3p
FREE chair massages (5 or 10 minute) as our Mother's Day gift to you! Professional masseuse Gwen Williams providing a relaxing massage.

Saturday, May 16
3p - 4p
Cloth Diapering - you CAN do it! A casual conversation about cloth diapering with Amy Baxt and friends, all moms who have successfully cloth diapered their babies. Also, the transition to potty training and what has worked for their kids. Examples and demonstrations (no sales pitches!).

Coming soon:

Discussions on baby carrying - slings, front/backpacks, Ergo and more.

Discussions on food for babies and children

Reuse arts & crafts

Reading to and with kids

Moms Night Book Exchange - leave one, take one (paper or hardback)

Make it fun! - Stephanie

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

ERGObaby now at MKC!

We are now proud to offer NEW Ergos and Ergo accessories

Our first shipment just arrived and I couldn't wait to open it! I've heard such wonderful things about Ergos and have glimpsed them as they were worn by customers and their babies.

These carriers are versatile, comfortable, unique. From newborn to 40 lbs, you can get many years of use out of them. Some items are organic, as well.

If you want to know more, check out their website:

http://www.ergobaby.com/

If you want to see one, try one on, add an accessory to one you already own, come in! We would love to help you choose the perfect carrier for you and your baby.

We also have one Ergobaby infant insert and one similar style insert made in Hawaii, both on consignment. Hmmm...why not check out everything we have for sale? See you at the store!

Aloha - Stephanie

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Going Greener

We have taken the City of San Rafael Clean Business Pledge:

http://www.sanrafaelvolunteers.org/clean/Business%20Pledge%20Companies6.htm


And we are in the process of becoming a Marin County Certified Green Business!

How you can help:

1) Take care of items purchased. Maintain, clean and test pieces. This will mean longer life while under your ownership and better possibility to...

2) Reuse or Pay It Forward. Friends, charities in need are always appreciative of hand-me-downs. Consignment is a great way to make sure things go back into the community and you get money back! When this is no longer an option...

3) Recycle when necessary. Check your local garbage company rules for curbside pick ups or call the local recycling center for drop offs.

4) If you have large loads, call a Green Hauling expert, someone who will use the landfill as a last resort for items picked up.

5) To replace items you have given up, remember to buy used!

How you can help our store:

Before bringing in items -

1) Recycle excessive packaging. This saves us storage space so we can take in more items.

2) Check for broken parts and recalls. If we have to ask you to pick up an item because it cannot be sold that means another car trip, bummer.

3) Replace batteries. Recycle old batteries at your local fire station.

4) Bring in items in paper bags with your name, date, description of what's inside. Paper is easier to store, easier to reuse, and easier to recycle than plastic. You may also bring things in cardboard diaper boxes.

5) If you have items that are stained, missing a button/snap, have holes, hems undone, etc, please do not include them with your consignment items. We have direct connections to local charities who are grateful to receive useable (but not sellable) items and you may drop off donation items here in separate bags.

We always welcome your comments, suggestions, donations! Thanks and have a GREEN DAY!

- Stephanie

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

CPSIA concern response from Senator Feinstein

U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein responding to your message

From: <senator@feinstein.senate.gov>

Date: Mon, Apr 06, 2009 11:19 am

To:<stephanie@marinkidsconsignment.com>


Dear Ms. Brandelius:

Thank you very much for your letter expressing concern about the implementation of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (Public Law 110-314). I understand the challenges facing certain businesses and organizations that must comply with the law's requirements and welcome the opportunity to respond to your concerns.

As you know, on August 14, 2008, the President signed the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 into law. This legislation will modernize and strengthen the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to enable the agency to aggressively pursue its mission of protecting consumers and families through the oversight of more than 15,000 products sold in the United States.

Included in this important bill are requirements intended to limit the exposure of children to lead and phthalates in children's products. Specifically, on February 10, 2009, 180 days after the bill's enactment, children's products containing more than 600 parts per million of lead were banned from production and sale. Within three years, products containing more than 100 parts per million will also be prohibited. The bill will also ban some phthalates from toys and childcare articles for children under the age of three. To help enforce these requirements, manufacturers will be required to have new children's products tested for these chemicals by a certified third-party.

I recognize that the compliance dates and certification requirements of this legislation may pose certain challenges to some businesses, organizations, and charities that are affected by the law. You may be interested to learn that the CPSC has announced that sellers of used children's products, such as thrift stores, will not be required to certify that their products meet the new standards. Additionally, retailers will not be required to test products that are already in their inventory. However, they will not be allowed to sell those that exceed the lead and phthalate limits.

The CPSC suggests that retailers should avoid selling products that are likely to have a high lead content, unless testing or other information would prove that their products are compliant. This guidance is intended to allow retailers to sell children's products already in their inventory that would clearly not violate the new limits. The CSPC continues to publish additional guidance to assist in this process. For more detailed information, please visit the CPSC website at www.cpsc.gov/about/cpsia/cpsia.html.

On February 4, 2009, Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) introduced legislation (S. 374) that would exempt secondhand sellers from the lead requirements and delay implementation of the increased limits and the testing requirement. I appreciate hearing your support for Senator DeMint's bill. However, I have serious concerns about the effects that such a delay could have on the safety of children's products.

Please know that I am following the CPSC's implementation of the standards closely. I appreciate your input regarding this issue and will be sure to keep your thoughts in mind should the Senate take additional action regarding these matters.

Again, thank you for writing. If you have any further questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact my Washington, D.C. office at (202) 224-3841. Best regards.

Sincerely yours,
Dianne Feinstein
United States Senator

Further information about my position on issues of concern to California and the Nation are available at my website http://feinstein.senate.gov/public/. You can also receive electronic e-mail updates by subscribing to my e-mail list at http://feinstein.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=ENewsletterSignup.Signup.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Donations

Our store gets multiple drop offs a day. This means more stock (yay!) and more work to be done.

Sometimes I am able to look through items when they are dropped off for an initial review of what we will and won't take. This does not mean that every item taken in will make it onto the floor. A spot, stain, rip or broken part may have been missed. It is never our intention to indicate that every item accepted is sellable upon drop off.

When it comes time to enter things into your account, each item is reviewed more thoroughly and that's when it may be put into donations due to some aspect missed at drop off. If items are dropped off with a claim that there are no stains we simply cannot be 100% sure of this. Some stains show up later due to the textiles, sometimes it's lighting or just taking the time to look at hems, seams, backs of items.

We do not have the room to store "unsellable" items so each piece is designated to a donation pile. We have different charities with which we work directly and each of them are incredibly grateful for what we all provide and each helps local people in need.

Here are a couple sites for the charities receiving from our store...

http://www.imageforsuccess.org

http://www.lovedtwice.org

http://www.prcmarin.org

http://www.maws.org

Together, we are all doing wonderful things. If you know of a charity in need of the items we could provide, please let us know. Thank you!

- Stephanie

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Baby Steps

We quietly opened the store in December 2008 with minimum stock and high hopes for the future of the business. In January 2009 we started to get noticed by neighborhood families and welcomed back customers from our prior twice monthly clothing and shoe sales. In February our presence became further known by some advertising and word of mouth (for which are so grateful!). In March we hired our first part-time employee as our business continued to thrive. Now it's April and we are busier than ever! Luckily we have just discovered a way to do more entries, yay! We work long hours for you, but you're worth it ;-)

It was our intention to build slowly over time but our consignors and customers had other ideas! We are grateful for each consignor, each customer, each referral. It is a pleasure to host and serve the greater community, and the items we've been able to donate directly to needy local charities is something to be proud of.

We expected Baby Steps. We got Leaps and Bounds. This is not a bad problem, of course, but it does mean we have to take time to realize new methods of business. As we progress we appreciate communication from everyone on how we're doing. We hope you appreciate how we communicate with you, as well. We have had to notify consignors of longer wait times for items to be entered and displayed due to high traffic - again, not a bad problem but a delay we did not expect. We are excited to try the new entry method!

Thank you, everyone, for your understanding and your continued business as we learn to go from Baby Steps to Leaps and Bounds! We are always willing to take your call or email for updates on the status of your items. We are here because of you, so thanks!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

This Little Piggy - THIS Sat!

Have you ever wished you could just go somewhere and get handprints or footprints done in order to preserve the tiny sized hands and feet forever? Well, no need to buy a kit, make a mess, try to get the child to cooperate, or drive a long distance because...

This Little Piggy creates keepsakes for you from fine china clay. Efficiently placing hands and feet, quick work without struggle, and the results are wonderful! Items are back to you in 4-6 weeks.

Single print: $35
Double print: $45
Photoframe: +$10

Each new baby receives a free handprint ornament!

PERFECT GIFTS!

http://www.yourpiggyprints.com

If you miss this month, she'll be back the first Saturday of every month.

While you're here, browse our store for Easter basket goodies, Spring outfits, warm weather shoes, and more!