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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



Two Additional Infant Deaths Prompt Re-announcement of Simplicity "Close-Sleeper/Bedside Sleeper" Bassinets <>

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!

Saturday, August 1, 2009

New Set Up Sunday

Before I get into the new set up I must remind you:

TOMORROW is This Little Piggy at the store!! From 10-1 (no appointment necessary!)

Beautifully crafted prints of hands and feet in fine china clay will make lasting memories of how small your children are now. They also make great gifts! We always have Shawna's business cards and an example of her work at the store. We just love having her back once a month!

Prices: $35 single, $45 double, +$10 photo frame

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Ok, now to the settin' up...The window was bright and cheery dressed in yellow all week. Bedding, toys, shoes, even a Bumbo to match, loved it! The floor highlight rack was summer maternity, refreshing. It's a new month so we have a new monthly highlight rack and we'll put the beautiful formal dresses back onto the sized racks.

Weekly Window Display
Rompers! These pieces are just too cute in any size. They are single pieces that cover shoulder to legs, some are sleeveless, some are shorts. They make dressing a child easy and look adorable. Check out the window for a display this week on Rompers!

Weekly Floor Highlight Rack
All NEW clothing by Neptune Zoo & Zutano! Shirts and a couple of skirts, these pieces came to us from a retail store and they are brand new (but at MKC pricing!) Darling prints on tees and simple stylish skirts, the colors are soft and modern.

Monthly Highlight Rack
0-12 month outfits (two pieces or more together, ie top & bottom) perfect for summer around the neighborhood, special events, traveling. Some outfits came to us together, others we've created by matching pieces for you. Easy to browse, easy to wear!

I'm off to change out the above - fun for me! Come in to browse - fun for you!