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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

No Consignments this week (closed Easter Sunday); Summer Entry

We will be taking Sunday off! No consignments accepted this week. Please say tuned next Wed for our What We're Taking list.

Why not take the time this week during the rain or when the kids are wiped out from too much chocolate to divide and conquer your STUFF. Clean out a drawer, dresser, closet or even the garage. Find what is resellable, what you'd like to donate, and what is beyond moving forward (trash or recycle). It will help you see what you need for the new season and beyond!

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Summer entry is happening! How? We took LOTS AND LOTS last year! If you receive an emailed Item List Report and don't remember dropping recently, that's because we've been holding on to your items over the winter and are now ready to enter (and sell) these Spring/Summer items, and other items we didn't have room for until recently.

Note: We are trying to be up-to-date with what we now take in. No more stock-piling. We will let you know when we're full and when we're taking and what we need. We're not magic so we do not make guarantees that items will sell, but you know that's why we're here.

Tell your friends, neighbors, school chums to come to us to shop!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Closed Easter Sunday; This Little Piggy; Online Account Review

We will be CLOSED Sunday, April 4.

NO consignments will be taken in that week.

We will post ASAP what we'll be taking the following Sunday.

Enjoy Spring!

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This Little Piggy has rescheduled for May.

Shawna will be here MAY 1 (instead of May 13), 12-3p.

Please call ahead for appointments 415-472-3991.

http://www.yourpiggyprints.com

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We do not notify you when items sell. Perhaps in the future we may have that ability.

But our software program does allow online viewing of sales from your account within the last 30 days.

http://www.marinkidsconsignment.com/Marin_Kids_Consignment/Consignors_Page.html

However, it does not show current items still in stock. We have your account information, sales, monies due, etc, in our computer. You can ask about it at any time while in the store or via email.

So all together, you can have a complete picture!

Friday, March 26, 2010

Evenflo Baby Gate Recall

http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10181.html

Personally, I would not choose to use a wooden gate for the top of stairs. Please be careful about the products you use and send in those warranty cards!

Stay safe!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Taking In This Sunday

Whew, two great Sunday take-in's mean we need less at the moment.

Here's our list for 3/28...please, no exceptions this week, thanks!

- Maternity & Nursing: summer business and formal all sizes; XL/XXL summer clothes
- Toys: Ride on/beginning walker/sit-in walkers
- Toys: Jumpers
- Toys: Wood
- Toys: Trains (Thomas, Brio, etc); LEGOs
- Outdoor toys: tents, swings, sport, water tables, tables & chairs, etc
- Strollers
- Potties, potty training books, step stools
- Bedding: sheets for cribs/pack-n-plays/cosleepers/bassinets; light summer blankets/quilts
- ORGANIC items
- Moby Wraps, ERGOBaby
- Cloth diapers, diaper covers, inserts

We are already displaying and entering spring/summer kid clothes, no more this week, thank you!

We cannot take any more winter clothes, thank you!

We do not take: full bedding sets, bumpers, crib skirts, onesies, footed/non-footed rompers, car seats, car seat bases, unassembled furniture, stuffed animals, any recalled item.

Sling recall; Credit Card Charges

SLING RECALL by Infantino...

http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10177.html

Be safe. Read directions. Ask for advice for BTDT (been there, done that) parents.

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Credit Card Charges - doubled??

Our store had a few mis-firings with our credit card machine in the past few weeks. A couple of customers have found double charges when our machine specified "decline" but the charge still went through.

OUR APOLOGIES! We are looking into what had gone wrong with the appropriate charge companies and credit services.

If you find this has happened to you, please let us know ASAP.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

What an intake day; Here comes Easter

We took in GOBS of great stuff last Sunday, thanks everyone! Here's a partial list...

- Prima Pappa Rocker grey/plaid high chair
- Thomas child's backpack (like new)
- Dekor diaper pail
- cardboard nesting blocks
- white shabby chic w/fun striped pads adult rocking chair
- toddler bed that can also be a crib!
- Fisher Price Little People barn
- black Kiwi Carrier (backpack carrier w/storage)
- contoured changing table pads
- mini shopping cart
- very nice dark wood baby gate
- child seats for the back of adult bike
- dark wood Eddie Bauer high chair
- Graco stroller frame
- white wood glider with ottoman
- but that's not all, there's just too much to list!

Plus we have Kids' Clothing with BUNNIES! Books on BUNNIES! Two Elmo BUNNY fabric Easter baskets! A Chicken Dance Elmo! Easter dresses & boys' nice clothes, nice shoes, light jackets (on sale!), summer hats! Small toys, books, dolls, LEGOs, etc to put in baskets!

Friday, March 19, 2010

RECALLS, What We're Taking Sunday, April is...

RECALLS...

The gov't puts out notices DAILY and we get them. I choose to share some pertinent ones with you here but please remember to check EVERY TIME before you consign!

Graco Harmony High Chairs
http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10171.html

Do It Best bike helmets
http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10174.html

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TAKING IN...

Sunday 3/21 10-6p, no appt necessary

*Check for recalls FIRST*

- Furniture (high chairs, cribs, changing tables, toy storage, gliders, infant swings, camping beds, etc)

- Toys (clean, all pieces accounted for, fresh batteries, from newborn to middle school - no stuffed animals)

- Crib Mobiles (fresh batteries)

- Potties, Potty Training books

- Safety Items (gates, monitors, locks, etc)

- Bikes, Trikes, Trailers, Wagons, Outdoor Swing

- ORGANIC anything for kids or maternity/nursing!

*Look for clothing in-take in April!*

Don't see listed what you'd like to consign? Give us a call 415-456-4943

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APRIL IS...

Consignor Appeciation Month!

We reward you for using store credit (from consignment sales) by giving you 10% every time you use your (most available) store credit All Month Long In April!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Nick + Laura Photography on display

From our FB pages to blog, an announcement of beautiful canvas photographs gracing our simple white walls. Why not head to FB and become a fan of ours and Nick+Laura Photography!


Nick + Laura Photography : A few of my favorite images are now on display at Marin Kids & Maternity Consignment!

nickandlauraphotography.com
marin kids and maternity :: lifestyle photographer, marin » nickandlauraphotography.com/blog


Donations

So proud! I just ran a report that shows the store, ie our consignors, have donated over 2,500 items!! What a terrific feeling to know that if items cannot be entered/sold or if we ask for a specific donation that the response is always a warm YES.

Just today I called a consignor about her double stroller for a family growing from 2 to 4 very soon. The consignor agreed immediately and I was able to call back the organization to let them know we can fill this particular need.

In our lobby the donation bins are over-flowing every week...

Project Night Night (pink bin) takes in NEW stuffed animals, like new/NEW books, NEW blankets or hand-woven blankets. We have an example of the bag that children in shelters receive, brimming with these donations. I've heard that often these are the only things the kids have ever owned.

Loved Twice (green bin) takes in like new items for newborn through 12 months. They box up a year's worth of items for babies and give them to families in need at the hospital. What a wonderful gift to bring home along with a precious newborn (or two)!

Soles4Soles (cardboard bin) takes in shoes for babies, kids, adults, in fair to new condition. They fix the shoes and give them to those who may never have had shoes all across the world.

Image For Success (San Rafael) takes in wearable, current clothing and shoes for every member of the family. They give clothing to those with little to nothing, as well as assist for job and other interviews.

Marin Abused Women's Services (San Rafael), when able, will take in items for women and kids.

Marin Pregnancy Resource Center (Novato), when space allows, will take in maternity clothing and accessories.

If you'd like to give away on your own try any of the above organizations, Freecycle.com, Craigslist.org, Canal Community Alliance, churches, preschools, mother's clubs, non-profit thrift stores, community centers, "town free boxes", GAIA green boxes, ask a neighbor, and many many more....!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

What we're taking this Sunday; What's new

This Sunday is already March 7! The hills are green, what a wonderful time of year.

IMPORTANT:
*Please check the make/model/year on ALL furniture, strollers, high chairs, etc and CHECK FOR RECALLS. We CANNOT sell recalled items. We cannot store your item if we find it's been recalled after you drop it off; you will need to pick it up immediately. Make it safe for everyone and CHECK BEFORE COMING IN!

We are still entering from bags past so we can only take in....

- FURNITURE* (crib, bed, changing table, kid table & chair, high chair, pack-n-play, cosleeper, glider)
- SNOW CLOTHES, BIBS, GLOVES (from newborn-size 8/M/L), BOOTS (infant 3-big 2)
- RAIN COATS (newborn-size 8), BOOTS (infant 3-big 2), UMBRELLAS
- STROLLERS*
- HIGH CHAIRS*, DINING BOOSTERS*, POTTIES*

*SORRY* No exceptions to this list unless you call the manager ahead.

We don't ever accept: carseats, car booster seats, carseat bases, stuffed animals, rugs, recalled items.

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What's new? I'll tell ya...

We have a new rack just for boys and girls sizes 7 & 8!! Plenty to choose from already!

Beautiful teal & brown modern upholstered glider chair with matching ottoman $450

Sit-n-Stand LX double stroller (seat in front, stand/sit in back)

Winter bunting for newborn-24mos are 50% off!! Wonderful savings on winter warmness! They are in bins, plenty for both boys and girls in a variety of brands.

Onesies are nice as undergarments for layering against the cold. They are 75% off until they are gone!

Two cribs in store, one blonde and the other dark wood!

Plenty of savings to be had with our March Sales:
15% off kids shirts
25% off kids jackets - rain, snow, denim, nylon, fleece, dressy, lightweight, puffy and more!
15% off maternity shirts
25% off bras (maternity & nursing)

Ok, ok, we've heard you! We are beginning to also put out some Spring & Summer clothing! Next to long sleeves you'll find more short sleeves, pretty dresses, capris, light sweaters, and more.