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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Green Gifting...or not!

During the holiday season I love hearing from customers that they, family and friends have agreed to buy nothing "new" as gifts. What a concept! Of course they find fun toys, books, and great clothing at our store but there are other outlets from which you could provide a "green gift".

Make your own gift, buy resale, give something you have and don't need but someone else does; great solutions for the over-populated retail shelves and under-funded wallets. There are many wonderful blogs that give ideas and instructions to craft items, from clothing to decor, even revitalizing furniture and re-purposing every day items. Small businesses, artists, co-ops, farmers markets, resale shops have many great practical as well as whimsical and fun items for yourself or as gifts.

Sometimes new retail items are picked up just because, on a whim, or it was on sale. Sometimes those gifts don't match the receiver's personality or needs. Do some thinking about those who receive your gifts, who are they, what are their needs, what can they not provide themselves but want, how do they live? Do they even WANT a gift? Perhaps they just want a visit, a call, a written note, or some dish you make that they love.

'Tis the season for evergreens, not over-giving. Ok, so sometimes a horrid sweater makes a great story but for the most part, do your best to consciously buy....or not buy!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Stephanie loves to sort, lucky you!

    Stephanie has once again made shopping a little bit easier for you this holiday season!
    You'll find a rack before the shoes filled exclusively with dressy clothes, section for boys and one for girls, and a "holiday" boy and girl section (Santas, reindeer, candy, etc decorations on clothing and pajamas).
    The regular 0-12m combined girl/boy month rack is now in-line with the other clothing racks, by the toys. Girls 12-18m and 18-24m now share a rack. Boys 12-18m and 18-24m also now share a rack and boys 2T has its own rack. Goal is to have a dedicated rack for each boys 3T and 4T as well so look for that in the future.
    Most every rack is filled now and more coming for our BIGGEST SALE OF THE YEAR, Black Friday Three Day 50% Sale next Friday, Saturday and Sunday!
    Snow items are on their own rack with snow boots below and gloves. Raincoats are currently on regular clothing racks by size, rainboots are set out by the sport shoes. Umbrellas will be on the backpack stand.
    Organic items are on a rack by maternity and nursing clothing.
    Books on the blue shelves are divided by "board" style, hard cover story books, soft cover, beginning readers, multi-lingual, and instructional (new baby, dentist, your body, etc). One the brown shelves the pregnancy books are on top, followed by newborn care, toddler care and child nutrition, child play and discipline and at the bottom are craft, family and duplicate titles. In the next over brown bookcase are chapter and hardcover books for children who can read into preteen or teenage interest and learning.
    Another goal is for toy "sections" so you can find toys by age and type. We'll see if we can keep it going once it's established ;-)
    Thank you for your participation, consignments, purchases, kind words, words of encouragement, and for telling your friends. Happy holidays!

So fancy! So festive!

Maternity dresses, baby bunting.
Gap leather jacket 18-24m $25.99

Love this! Jean dress, long sleeve shirt, "furry" vest, brown leather mary janes (5T)
Book, chair, colorful outfit (6)

Giant Groovy Girl Princess, wood rocking chair
Barbie Disco Palace, Barbie ballerina, Groovy Girls drum set and chair.

Doll bed with pillow & cover
PBK shelves $34.99

Ball drop $39.99

PBK rocker & ottoman with slipcover

Little Castle pink toile $450

Graco $89.99

Rainboots, funky "tat" items

Backpack carriers

K'nex, Megabloks, instruments, etc

Thursday, November 17, 2011


Woohoo!! Next weekend is our BIGGEST sale of the year! We are getting ready, are you?

What better time to use your store credit as it will go twice as far!

Half off...
Friday 11/23 8a-6p
Saturday 11/24 10a-5p
Sunday 11/25 10a-5p

Let's go over some basics:

1) Certain items NEVER go on sale: New Ergo items, Loved Twice items, anything marked "NOT ON SALE" (consignor decision).

2) Please bring your own bags!

3) Know that if we are extremely busy we appreciate your patience.

4) It may be a good choice to shop without kids on these days.

5) Bring your holiday gift list to fill!

6) We cannot put items on hold.

7) No drop offs will be accepted on these three days.

8) Tell a friend!

9) Remember, extended hours on Friday are 8a to 6p, but Sat and Sun are normal store hours.

10) 50% off will be taken at the register (tags show regular prices).

11) NO checks. We accept Visa, MC, debit/ credit, cash (no bills over $20 please)

12) We have a big lot, don't be discouraged if you don't see parking directly in front, come on in!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Thank you!!! We won!!

How Exciting and just a little bit overwhelming (which is why it's taken a week to post this) to know that so many voted for us and believe we are the best!!

We must send out Thanks to our consignors and customers, friends and family, everyone who helped support us from our part-time sales to the store we have today.

We are celebrating our  third birthday this month, we hope you can join us!