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Sunday, March 29, 2009

New News - New Return Policy; New items in store

New Return Policy - As we grow, we sometimes need to change.

New: We will now be giving store credit for any returns.
Same: Returns must be made within 7 days from date of purchase, items not having been worn or used.

New items in the store - my favorite type of notice!

- Red Evelope canvas playhouse with velcro decorations $150.00
- Graco Pack-n-play (3 in navy)
- NEW dark wood Cariboo basinette with Petunia bedding in Fawn $299.00
- Ride on toys, mini Stop sign, hula hoop, small baseball mitt
- Doorway jumper
- Baby Bjorn potties
- carseat bases
- Ergo infant padding inserts
- NEW giant stuffed bunny!
- EASTER OUTFITS
- SPRING DRESSES
- SHORTS & SWIMWEAR
- SHORT SLEEVES
- MATERNITY is refreshed with Spring and Summer clothing!
playhouse:

Cariboo with plain white bedding (included with Fawn):

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Please help support Marin County Libraries

Used Book Super Sale to Benefit County Libraries

Ninth Annual Book Super Sale. Nearly 30,000 books/collectibles in 35 categories, from children's to adults. Prices 75¢ for paperbacks, $2.00-3.00 for most hardcovers (children's books range 25¢ to $1.00). Better Books/collectibles individually-priced. FREE Admission during regular hours 10-5; Members' Preview 8-10am Saturday; memberships available at the door ($25). All proceeds benefit county library programs and materials.

When: March 28 and 29; General Admission 10 am-5 pm. Members’ Preview Sat 8-10am

Who: Sponsored by Friends of Marin County Free Library

Where: National Guard Armory, Armory Drive near Civic Center, San Rafael; North San Pedro Exit from 101; follow our signs.

Info: Directions and map available on our website http://marinlibraryfriends.marin.org, email: mcflfriends@pacbell.net
We hope you appreciate this notice. We support a book in every child's hand, that babies are read to from birth, and books are perceived as precious gifts! Stephanie loves vintage books, Little Critter series, and a plethora of reading material from "Hawaii" to "Miss Marple". Melissa loves books on tape, "The Twilight Series" and other book club selections. Don't miss out on this special library sale, a great way to build up your library. Meanwhile, we always have a selection of books for sale at the store!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Our very first SALE - Swing - Rock

We are pleased to announce our very first sale:

15% off every child's jacket, sweater and fleece

This is a great deal since we already beat retail prices!

Speaking of Spring, over this month we've been putting out more warm weather clothing, including swimwear and sun hats. Our shoe bins have all our water shoes and sandals. We have diaper covers (bloomers) to go under cute dresses and reusable swim diapers.

But if you are still looking for snow and rain gear, we have some. We just got in a ski helmet and we have a brand new snowboard outfit in 6 and new board pants in 4, bunting outfits in 12 mos to 18 mos. Snow and rain items are still being accepted for consignment!

Swinging on a star:

The Fisher Price Ocean Wonders Aquarium cradle swing has quite the reputation for being "the best" by those who bring it in to consign. We have three in store right now for only $65 each!

We have two portable swings, low to the ground, with handles, both Fisher Price. One in the ever popular Rainforest Design, the other is soft blue & green with happy giraffes. Great for moving around the house, up and down stairs, or as a second for grandparents or babysitters.

Rock me:

There is a style of bouncer seat that converts to a toddler rocker! We have two in our store right now. I can personally vouch for this item; my daughter loved the rocker. Just her size!

We have a darling fuzzy horse on solid wood rockers for the little cowpokes out there. For the bigger kids we have a spring horse!

Rolling along:

Let them roll around via kid-power (foot to ground) on a fabulous Radio Flyer Retro Rocket or a used but still so fun Little Tikes ride and bounce.

To prevent newborns from rolling during sleep we have a variety of sleep positioners. We also have a wedge to put under a sheet. For pregnant women we have a body pillow with cover and a sleeping wedge (to hopefully get you a good night's rest!)

Out for a stroll:

One Step Ahead single jogger
Peg Perego Venezia in Martinelli (navy) with cozy cover
New red Kolcraft umbrella stroller
Combi in red
Kelty and other backpacks
Baby Bjorns, Peanut Shell sling, Nojo (Dr Sears) sling, Native Carrier sling
Sun hats
Bundle Me by JJ Cole

Event:

Mark your calendar for This Little Piggy coming back on Saturday, April 4, from 10-1!

Note:

Sales tax goes up to 9.5% on April 1. (Sorry, this is not an April Fool's joke.)

To end this on a good note, thank you EVERYONE for your patience as we work on all the wonderful drop-offs that have been coming in daily. I am entering early to mid February at this point. Please feel free to contact the store at any time to get an update on your items, on your account, or just ask me how I'm doing!

See you at the store! - Stephanie

Thursday, March 19, 2009

National Poison Prevention Week 3/15-3/21

Remember Hill Street Blues and "Be careful out there"? This is a friendly reminder to be careful no matter where you are. Take care, Stephanie


NEWS from Consumer Product Safety CommissionOffice of Information and Public Affairs Washington, DC 20207

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMarch 18, 2009Release #09-159
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

CPSC Warns that 9 Out of 10 Unintentional Child Poisonings Occur in the HomeWASHINGTON, D.C. - Each year, unintentional poisonings from consumer products commonly found in the home kill about 30 children and prompt more than 2 million calls to the nation's poison control centers. More than 90% of these calls involve poisonings in the home. On average, each year an estimated 80,000 children are treated in hospital emergency departments for unintentional poisonings.This year's 48th observance of National Poison Prevention Week, which is March 15-21, aims to help prevent those childhood poisonings. As one of the longest running public health campaigns, National Poison Prevention Week has contributed to the more than 80% reduction in the number of deaths related to poisonings (down from 216 in 1972). While there has been a significant decrease in deaths, studies show that unintentional child poisonings still remain a serious concern.Children younger than age 5 account for the majority of the non-fatal poisonings. A recent review conducted by U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission staff found that 70% of poisonings involve children 1 to 2 years of age. Oral prescription drugs, non prescription drugs and supplements were involved in more than half of the incidents. "Awareness and action are the keys to preventing unintentional poisonings," said CPSC Acting Chairman Nancy Nord. "Children act fast. So do poisons. That's why we urge parents, grandparents and caregivers to have layers of poison prevention protection in the home."CPSC recommends that parents and caregivers immediately take these three steps. First, keep medicines and household chemicals in their original, child-resistant containers. Second, store the potentially hazardous substances up and out of a child's sight and reach. And lastly, keep the National toll-free poison control center telephone number, 800-222-1222, handy in case of a poison emergency.Additional poison prevention tips to check during National Poison Prevention Week:When hazardous products are in use, never let young children out of your sight, even if you must take them along when answering the phone or doorbell. Keep items closed and in their original containers. Leave the original labels on all products, and read the label before using. Always leave the light on when giving or taking medicine so that you can see what you are taking. Check the dosage every time. Avoid taking medicine in front of children. Refer to medicine as "medicine," not "candy." Clean out the medicine cabinet periodically and safely dispose of unneeded and outdated medicines. Do not put decorative lamps and candles that contain lamp oil where children can reach them. Lamp oil can be very toxic if ingested by young children.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Our best day yet!

Whenever someone asks how the store is doing I say "We're doing better every day." This is a literal response - sales keep topping themselves and yesterday was...our best day yet! It's so exciting to know we are still at the tip of the iceburg, that the word is continuing to spread, that we have new ideas and methods to work out as we grow. We welcome growing pains and appreciate everyone who contributes and supports the store!

We have received many, many positive comments and some constructive ideas from customers. We welcome all! At this time we are looking for those who would like to come in and provide informative discussions for our families. Do you have ideas, methods, items you'd like to share? Please call me to discuss at 415-456-4943 or email Stephanie@marinkidsconsignment.com

I am excited to be in the planning process for discussions on:
- Cloth Diapering
- Slings
- Recycle Art for Kids

And we are very lucky to host This Little Piggy on the first Saturday of every month. The next date is Saturday, April 4, and from 10a-1p Shawna will be here to get hand and foot impressions in fine china clay so that you can preserve how small your babies are right now. For more information visit the website http://www.yourpiggyprints.com

We are planning something special for Mother's Day...stay tuned!

Reminders:
- HOURS 10a-6p Wed-Sun
- No appointment necessary for drop offs
- Check website for any drop off restrictions
- Check for recalls before bringing in items
- Check for bad batteries, dirt/food, stains
- Review contract on website
- We are a drop off location for Loved Twice http://www.lovedtwice.org
- We want furniture, toys, books, slings/carriers, strollers, bedding, shoes...and more!

Have a green day! Stephanie

Friday, March 13, 2009

Can you spare a moment to vote for us?

What a fun way to discover mom-owned businesses, in their own words.

I have entered our store into the contest and would be so excited to see some votes for us!

http://www.startupnation.com/leading-moms-2009/contestant/5737/index.php

Thanks, Stephanie

Stephanie's News - Fab Friday the 13th!

On what's new...

I am not really superstitious but I still wonder what today holds. I can tell you that this week has been full of wonderful things so far...

Two gorgeous infant beds came in. I love seeing them in the store (their asthetics just make me smile) but it would be even better to know that a new baby is enjoying each peacefully at home:

- Beautiful honey wicker bassinette on it's own stand. Storage below, built in canopy above, it has a mattress and bumper included. Dress it up, leave it simple, it would be a delightful addition to any decor.

- Rich dark wood and clean lines create a stunning infant bassinette. By Cariboo, this modern yet timeless design has brand new bedding by Petunia in a soft rosey pink along with the original white set.

- Easter is coming and so are the fancy, fun and frilly Spring dresses! We are loading our racks with lovely pieces this month. Boys get slacks, vests, collared shirts, sweaters. We may have shoes, and tights for girls, even a hat to match!

- Consignment store are great for their unique finds. We have a Radio Flyer ride on Retro Rocket, a spring horse and a GYGY rocking horse, Melissa & Doug giant stuffed dinosaurs, gDiapers, a sun canopy and a stroller visor, bedding by Wendy Bellisimo, Pottery Barn, and Amy Coe. Our maternity clothing racks are being rejuvenated with many designer names, dress up or dress down. Soft soled shoes are best for developing feet and we have a wonderful selection of Robeez, ShooShoos and Pedipeds at below retail prices. These durable leather machine washable shoes are so cute with flowers, turtles, monkeys and more to make little toes the funnest things since....toes!

- I am fond of "...and so much more" because it's so true!

On clothing selections...

We have heard you, our valued consignors and customers, speak. Vacations are happening to both the snow AND tropical locations! We are keeping out all snow gear (bibs, jackets, bunting, boots), rain gear (jackets and boots), and we are also bringing out swim wear and warm weather clothing this month.

On bringing in consignments...

What a glorious couple of months we've had since opening in December 2008! The start to the store followed a simple plan and we were able to keep up with daily drop offs while customers began to discover us. Now that we are hopping (how could I resist?) with more and more business, the entry and display of items has become a routine of rotation. We date each drop off and put the items in line by date received. I pull the oldest dates, enter the items (sometimes not the entire bunch at the same time), then I email an Item List, and items go onto the floor. We are growing! We are busy! We care about you! Please feel free to write, call or drop by anytime to check on your account (shopping is good, too!).

You know I smile when I see you bringing in "stuff"! We are grateful for your business and do our best to be a full-service store. Please help us continue to do our best for you by making sure the items you bring in are 1) washed 2) clean of pet hair 3) plastic and other materials are wiped clean 4) you have checked for recalls and included instructions 5) small items and folded clothes are in paper bags labeled with your name. You will not only get a smile for stuff but a HUGE thank you!

On advertising...

You'll find us on Craig's List, in Mom's Clubs newsletters, and on kid/mom-specific websites. Do you have ideas for us about online advertising? Do you want to do a fundraiser? Do you have your own business that we could coordinate with? What? You want specifics? Stay tuned for my next blog entry!

Have a great day!
Stephanie