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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!

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

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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!

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Look for more sales coming in December!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Black Friday Sale - 50% off all summer items!

COME IN FRIDAY, 11/27, 10-6 AND SHOP 50% OFF ALL SUMMER ITEMS!!!

One day only, folks -

...HUGE
.....BIG
.......LARGE
..........BULK
..............BUY!!!!

Hats
Shorts
Capris
Tanks
Swimsuits
Sandals & Swim shoes
Dresses
Rompers
Bloomers (diaper covers)
Pool items (floaties and such)
Sand...just kidding!

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

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Check out our Facebook page and become a fan!

http://www.facebook.com/pages/San-Rafael-CA/Marin-Kids-Maternity-Consignment/69898333571?v=posts&viewas=1353703407

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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)

plus...

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 CPSC.gov

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

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10039.html



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'CPSC 2.0' Launches Product Safety Agency into Social Media -- Learn more at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09346.html

* Visit our new blog, OnSafety at www.cpsc.gov/onsafety

* See our videos on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/uscpsc

* Follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/OnSafety

* See our photos on Flickr at http://www.flickr.com/photos/uscpsc

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 https://www.cpsc.gov/cpsclist.aspx. Consumers can obtain recall and general safety information by logging on to CPSC's Web site at www.cpsc.gov.

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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!)...

http://www.facebook.com/pages/San-Rafael-CA/Marin-Kids-Maternity-Consignment/69898333571?v=posts&viewas=1353703407

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.

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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
- STORE GIFT CERTIFICATE

(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:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/San-Rafael-CA/Marin-Kids-Maternity-Consignment/69898333571?v=posts&viewas=1353703407

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!

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HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!!!

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!

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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!

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

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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

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

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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!