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Saturday, September 1, 2012

Don't be sad

Don't be sad we're closing next Sunday. Marin Kids Consignment has had a great run!

It all started just about 4.5 years ago with an idea that lead to some part-time sales which lead to a store and then a spot in the community.

Many thanks go to Melissa for having the gumption to get it started. Her idea of recycling kids items was not a new one but it was important enough to her that she created her own way to make it happen for so many.

I had no idea that being in the store would come to mean so much to me, as well. Connecting with neighbors and friends but also with families from near and distant cities, the store has become an outlet of conversation, story sharing, and most importantly, support.

The charitable aspects of the store have grown from a piece here and there to bags full of items and large gear, each piece appreciated by non-profits and families in need. Every week I learned about new outlets receiving donations and ways to help. Thankfully our consignors have been of the same mind and so the community came together in a variety of different ways.

I have learned so much about myself along the way. This store has lead me to a personal level to commitment to others, to business, and to myself that I never realized was available to me.

Thank you for having been a part of what the store had become. I've had a blast!!

Don't be sad. Be happy for what we did together and keep looking forward.

All my best - Stephanie


Friday, August 24, 2012

Outrageous deals on Outfits and more

I just love putting things together. See what I found in the store. More pics to come! Continued savings!!!

4T

18-24 mo

18-24 mo

4T

12-18 mo

7-8

Friday, August 17, 2012

Gone Sale(ing)!!





SAVE 50% off all items priced to $49!

SAVE 25% off all items priced $49.01 - $99!

SAVE 10% off all items priced $99.01+!


Clothing, Shoes, Books, Gear, Furniture...and more!

until....?

Friday, July 27, 2012

Consignment

Good old Wiki - "Consignment shop" is an American term for those second-hand shops that sell used goods for owners (consignors), typically at a lower cost than new.

This is what we do!

Sometimes we are mistaken for a buy-up-front service or a place to anonymously leave junk. Oops! That's not us. We understand that some businesses do buy up-front (most I know of are in San Francisco or elsewhere in the country) and that can be a good way to make quick money but at a very low purchase price. We are not a Donation Drop Off Spot like a Goodwill truck or even a junk yard. While we do produce donations and accept for specific charities, that is only done in person with advance notice. Leaving items outside or in the lobby without speaking to us first is not allowed! We believe in safety first and we must know the history of items and check for recalls so please do not consider us a catch-all for any and everything you simply want to get ride of.

Will consigning your items with us make you money? It may but there is no sales guarantee for any item consigned with us. We do try our best to try to sell each piece but sometimes even the cutest, newest, cheapest items are taken off the floor in time and donated. I wish I could predict sales but instead I must rely on customer feedback, our Wish List, trends and even personal perception in order to accept items. We sure hope items sell for you! Will you make a ton of money with us, quickly? Probably not but such is this business, we are about time. I give items a longer turn on our floor than other shops as we have such a variety of different customers coming at all times and they all deserve to see what we offer. As it is, we often have overflow of items to donate and continually search out non-profits to accept what we have to give.

What sells best? When will items sell? What will items sell for? Sorry, that's up to whim of the customers. They are a fun bunch who enjoy browsing and I love giving my own advice as a mom of three. I will ask  questions to see if we have a good fit for your shopping needs and gladly walk you around the store showing it all off. But I never hard sell, that is if you aren't sure or aren't in need I won't say you have to have anything. We are here to sell items but not contribute to further excesses.

We are getting more and more customers buying items as gifts and that's wonderful! We all know the excesses of today's world and it's gratifying to see when what we offer (through our consignors) will have a new life, be "new" to someone else.

We want our consignors to shop us first with their store credit. We want you, your friends, neighbors, other family members to try us first when shopping for kids (Preemie to Teen!). We want to keep helping our community at large with donations and assistance. We want to keep on keeping on as do the items we carry!!

Consignment (and more). It's what we do!

Friday, July 20, 2012

Do.

I came across a wonderful set of tag lines from a new to me FB page, The Jelly Bean Trail :

"Be Your Best. Love Your Life. Do What Matters."

This immediately struck me as a great way to do every day - if one wanders around aimlessly whether physically or mentally, then what is it that is being accomplished?

I try to make something special out of every day. I have learned to say Thank You more. When I look around me I can see beauty in the smallest details and appreciate having caught the vision. While I am still working on asking for help I offer it without hesitation whenever possible.When customers have an insight into all I have to do they will give condolences, encouragement, appreciation or "better you than me". I always respond with a joyous "I love what I do!"

Lisa Klein of Loved Twice  loves doing her charity work and has spread that joy to others across the country who are joining her efforts. Today we offer a special sale to help raise funds offering HALF OFF all the fabulous new items LT sells through us!! I get to do my work, customers get to buy new items, and babies in need get items from Loved Twice. What an amazing partnership we all have!

When I was a single mom of a young son (he's now 18, graduated, capable, loving, handsome, smart.....too much? LOL) I signed us up to buy gifts for a family in need for the holidays. I wanted to show him that others have less than we did, which wasn't a lot, and that no matter what there are ways to give.

Later, when my third and youngest child was a toddler, I would take him to visit disabled and older folks. What a joy to share a child's energy and loving manner, even cute tantrums, with those who may not get that type of interaction regularly.

I'm not rich now, far from it. But I give the same way, as much as I can in ways that I can. I don't guilt myself when I can't help but reward myself with thoughts of all I have done and will do. This is what matters to me. This is what I do.

I am always interested in how others help, what charities are doing, and who else should know. If you don't know, find out and then tell me!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Window Wednesday

A new day, new things in the store. I love that about this place, from one day to the next something is always changing (for the good!). You'll have to come by to see in person all the great items our consignors have to offer!

Inglesina Club Chair

Wee Ride Center Mount bike seat with 2 bike install bars

Kelty, Deuter backpack carriers

Speedo float suits: pink is up to 33lbs, orange is 33-45lbs

shorty wetsuits (both 4T)

basket of belts in a range of sizes and styles

Jacadi play mat

dinos and a flying reptile

Got Zelda?

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Support a Reader

No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance.
- Confucius 


Our store is helping to sell bracelets which say "I (heart) to Read" for a young girl in our community (below), an avid reader who has impaired vision. Before her full diagnosis she somehow compensated for vision loss and devoured books of all kinds but it wasn't easy for her.

The bracelets are $3 each, in adult and children's sizes. The money will help her family to buy an electronic tablet so that she may continue her love of reading with magnification assistance.

Please consider this purchase when you come into our store in the near future. Thank you!

"I LOVE to read!"

 

Friday, July 13, 2012

Full of Goodness Friday

For goodness sake - we have made another non-profit connection and are once again pleased to pass along "Thank You"s to our consignors and those who drop off donations!!!

Speaking of full - Please note our clothing in-take limitations for appointments made today through the end of this month Accepting

Good savings - July sales, calendar happenings and note our BACK TO SCHOOL SALE is Aug 3-5!! Sales and Calendar

Pictures of goodness taken this morning....

Take a seat!

Dolls, stroll or sleep!

Get carried away!

Train table, armchair, doll carrier, jumperoo, doggy chair..!

Sit and spin or jump!

A triple play of double strollers!

Ride on!
Pitch it! We also have baseball cleats, mitts, sleeping bag, training DVDs, caps, uniforms!



Thursday, July 12, 2012

Thankful for This Little Piggy Thursday



Today we once again host This Little Piggy! It's exciting for me to share in a new(ish) and growing business with another local mom who attended Women's Initiative. Shawna and I are both excited about what we do and love sharing our talents with customers.

Shawna's design line has expanded and her creativity has exploded; beautiful, professional painting and firing of fine china clay with the precious prints from babies, children, adults, even pooches.

It's wonderful to combine efforts and work with local families and children. Both of our businesses are a source of pride!

Please come by today, 11a - 3p to see Shawna before she heads off for vacation for a few weeks.

You will be amazed at what she can do and you will be so happy to have beautiful plaques or picture frames capturing how small your children are right now.

(Above taken with pic program - in real life the pink colors are bright and deep!)





Enjoy!
- Stephanie

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Thankful (for all this great stuff) Thursday

When looking around the store I am amazed daily at the wonderful items with so much life left in them!

* Legos - small random packs for $4.99
* Graco Pack-n-play Silhouette in brown and pink with all accessories - like new for $89.99
* Snow boots, rain boots (get ahead!)
* Doll houses by Pottery Barn Kids and Fisher Price, random dolls and clothes
* Hot Wheels and Matchbox, Tonka, Thomas
* Melissa and Doug, Plan Toys, Manhattan Baby
* Phil and Ted's Cacoon $39.99
* kids golf clubs $44.99
* Monte reclining glider $500 (retails $1295)
* Baby Jogger double, fixed wheel now $125
* Organic clothing; fancy (some never worn) dresses; blazers and slacks; dress shoes
* 4T short wet suit $24.99
* Fisher Price Nature's Touch papasan swing now $45
* Tights; leotards; costumes; dance & sport shoes
* Puzzles and Games
* Crocs, Keens, Converse, Umi, Adidas, Stride Rite, Havaianas, Teva, Dr Martens, Ugg, Robeez, Western Chief, Acorn and more
* Gap, Gymboree, Ralph Lauren Polo, Levi, Justice, Splendid, Spyder, REI, Carters, Catimini, Bon Bebe, Zutano, TAG, Speedo, Old Navy, Hanna Anderson, Under Armour, Osh Kosh, KissyKissy, Bon Point, Good Lad, Land's End, Columbia and more

Oooooh......All of July = 50% off Pregnancy and Parenting books!

Ahhhhhh.....Every Wednesday, starting 7/11/12, use your max store credit for 25% off regular priced items!

Buy for camping, special occasions, traveling, gifts, growth spurts, plays, etc etc etc.More to include but I don't have time to list it all...come in and see for yourself, and when you do remember to bring your own reusable bags, thanks!



Friday, June 29, 2012

Homeschooled

As a reaction to the devastating treatment of my child by a district principal I convinced my son's father to homeschool our youngest son with me over the past year. I feel it's one of the best things I've done for any of my kids, in running with how hard I fought for my daughter's testing when she was bored in Kindergarten (reading chapter books when others were learning ABCs), the first time a principal tried to label one of my kids as ADD.


We found K-12 Online, a program that gave us all the equipment, supplies, paperwork, even a teacher, with which we could work at our separate homes with our son. He matured under our nurturing lessons and we dealt with (are still dealing with) his sensitivity issues and above grade level abilities. We will try integrating him back into the school district this Fall under a different principal who personally understands any remaining issues. No doubt we as parents learned a lot, too, over this past year, and we will continue to support both kids still in school.

I would highly recommend homeschooling but ours was just one way to do so and just one of many reasons that parents make for themselves. Please read on!

Home School by Celeste Ezell

I've been homeschooling my 5 year old for a year now and attending a Classical Conversations class with her in SF one day a week. We love it so much we're starting a new CC group in San Anselmo this Fall. It's for students age 4 through 6th grade. I'm hosting an info meeting if you're interested in learning more.

Informational Meeting
Classical Conversations of Marin

Classical Conversations provides a balance of structured guidance and independent learning in homeschooling. Come learn about the classical model of education and consider joining our new Marin community this fall!

Learn about the Foundations Program of Classical Conversations: https://www.classicalconversations.com/academic-programs/foundations-program-k4-6th

Monday, July 9
7:00-9:00 PM
Golden Gate Tutoring Center
249 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. (downtown behind Marin Coffee Roasters) San Anselmo, CA 94960
415-383-2283

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Thankful Thursday

We are so thankful that This Little Piggy is here every Thursday! Drop in times are 11a-3p for Shawna to provide you with a beautiful professional ceramic print of your baby, child, kids, adults, even sayings! "LIKE" the Facebook page (link on site) and you can get a free....



Today I am personally thankful for all those who keep me grounded. Sometimes the world of retail is not fun, no it's more than that. Sometimes a person can stir up a whole lot of nothing and fan it until it feels like something. I can make it go away if I chose to loose focus on the storm and instead pay attention to the calm and compassionate. Everything must be a lesson or we won't grow. Anything can be overcome or we won't get anywhere. But still, we have store rules and our FAQ page has been updated.

May everyone have reasons for thanks!!

Friday, June 22, 2012

Closed for the weekend

Small businesses work hard. Small businesses work long hours. Small businesses make exceptions, negotiate, assist, go above and beyond. Small businesses understand.

Sometimes small businesses need a return favor -


Please accept our gratitude for your understanding during this unavoidable closure (just two little days that mean the world to Stephanie!!!)

We will see you again on Wednesday, 6/27, 
and give you 50% off.

Best wishes for a great weekend everyone!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Classic and Safe

I was a 70s kid: records, wooden blocks, Lego, free toys from gas stations, Big Wheel, etc. Fun was a cement slide and metal climbing structure or just running around the neighborhood.

Here is an interesting article from a blog which found us (we do not officially endorse the site but you are welcome to view it):
http://www.findananny.net/blog/10-toys-popular-in-1970-and-still-popular-today/

Classic stuff! What do you buy for your kids today? What were your favorite toys or things to do when you were younger?

I find myself attracted to "retro" items for memory's sake (I remember that!). Items from the 80s are not to my liking, after all I was in middle and high school and too old for things such as Cabbage Patch Dolls. My first son was born in the 90s and he was all about dinosaurs - surely, I thought, my son will grow up to be a paleontologist! He just graduated from high school and play electric bass, but I bet I could still get him to identify obscure dinosaurs.

Best sellers at our store are often in simple form: puzzles, cars, dolls, wooden toys, Lego/Duplo, Fisher Price Little People, bicycles. Thomas brand is a hit and thankfully many knock-offs (and resale stores) help with the cost of these sought after items. Rocking horses still rock. Lego is still liked. Bikes are the best.

When buying something for your child try not to be a deer in the headlights seeing NEW and IMPROVED. Think back to basics and buy classic.


P.S. We were recently visited by undercover CPSC agent and we had a 100% pass on items on the floor (nothing recalled), plus I identified safety sites and procedures in a manner that, dare I say, impressed the inspector. I love what I do! - Stephanie


Wednesday, June 20, 2012

What's New Wednesday

My youngest got his outfit here: Star Wars shirt and Mini Boden shorts (2nd time we've sold them) and he's holding a fun electronic dino grabber/chomper. We sell shoes similar to what he's wearing (Crocs and knock-offs).


Now he's playing with a dog that zips into its own house and snores when you "ring the doorbell". He's read a chapter book since we've been open today. What can I say, it's fun to come to work!!

We have an open top infant swing, Hobby metal balance bike, Marin MBX50 2 wheeler, Graco Snap-N-Go, Alma Papa folding mini crib, IKEA white corner computer desk with hutch, Heeley's, Hula Hoop, kids golf clubs and we have 1 pair golf shoes, Imaginarium train table, wooden toys, swimwear, jackets (since the Bay Area has mini-climates), diaper bags, crib music soothers, shoes from infant 3 to LARGE 8, sleep to jeans in sizes Preemie to LARGE 18. Call during business hours (10-5 Wed-Sun) to check stock or bring your brood in.

Come by for fun!


Friday, June 15, 2012

Happy Father's Day

This is my Dad...really! Isn't he colorful?



He's living in Canada now but will be coming down this year for a visit (yay)! Born and raised in San Francisco, he has wonderful life stories to tell. Kind of heart, always thinking, likes to press people's buttons, an actor, a tinkerer, and caring citizen, he has been a great shoulder to me over the years.

He'll say to me "but you were just born last month" whenever I have a birthday or major life event (like motherhood). I used to scoff amusingly. Today my first son, who is 18, is graduating from high school. I am now repeating my Dad - I get it!!

Whether you are a single parent, have your Dad around or not, this is a time like Mother's Day to reflect on parenthood. Sometimes there are two moms or two dads, sometimes grandparents or other family members or foster parents are the "parents". Sometimes a friend is like a Dad.

We applaud Dads and all caretakers of children and so we will be closed on Sun 6/17 to celebrate.





Thursday, June 14, 2012

Run (at the Fair!)

Local Girl Scout troop 32053 is sponsoring a wonderful active event at the Marin County Fair!!

Play Fair 1K Fun Run

Monday, 7/2/12 1pm

- Begins at the giant Ferris Wheel and ends on the Special Events Lawn.
- Features a run/walk around the lagoon designed for family member including parents, babies in strollers and all children 12 and under. Participants will enjoy a fun-filled afternoon of racing, healthy food option, awards and goodies!
- Cost: a smile (no fee for this event!)
- Registration: http://www.marinfair.org/funrun .Limited to the first 300 participants so register early!

Schedule:
11:00 Marin County Fair gates open
11:30 - 12:30 Check in and pick up your Race Bib (in order to be timed you must have a bib)
12:45 Warm Ups and Announcements
1:00 Play Fair 1K Run

For additional information or to volunteer:
Gary Najarian, gnajarian@marincounty.org

SPONSOR:
The event is sponsored by Cadette Girl Scout Troop 32053 as their Silver Award Project

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

What's New?

School's ending for another year and summer has hit us. I'm so proud of my graduating senior, my from 6th to 7ther, and my 3rd to 4ther. Look out world!

What's new in the store?

- Imaginarium train table, light "wood" with 2 part top

- Boppy pink bouncer seat with hanging toys, Maclaren rocker seat

- Formal dresses in many sizes, blazers and button downs and slacks

-  Ski helmet, clothing, snow boots

- Swimwear, hats, sandals, flip-flops

- Play tunnels, doll houses, baby dolls, Beyblades, Instruments, Hobby Balance Bike, doorway jumper, Exersaucer, Golf clubs, cleats, Tonka tractor, wooden rocking animals, Pop up tent fire engine, Heelys

- Changing tables: 1 white, 1 dark, 1 white and dark modern, nursing bras and covers

- Bassinet, Cradle, Portable Crib, Moses Baskets, crib soothers, wall decor, picture frames

- Slings, Bjorns, Ergo carriers, backpack carriers, strollers

- Pack-n-plays, High chairs, bibs, nutrition and recipe books, pregnancy and child-rearing books

...and more goodness!


Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Window Wednesday and This Little Piggy

Clothing for beach or bash, play or party, swim or snow. Shoes for non-walkers to teenage stompers. Books for all, toys, strollers, potties, games, learning, puzzles, costumes....and much more. We have some clothing with "Daddy" saying for upcoming Father's Day (June 17 - we will be closed this day).


Tomorrow....EXCITING NEWS! Our first day with This Little Piggy in our back studio!!! MKC is celebrating by giving you 50% off most items in our store tomorrow (6/7 through 6/10!). No appointment necessary for Thursday Piggy Days!

Wonderful items, see for yourself....

Graco Silhouette with bassinet & changing station

Most popular swing, Fisher Price Papasan in Nature's Touch design

Phil & Ted's Explorer infant bed

Diaper Bags and Backpacks

Chicco and Evenflo high chairs

soft seat rocking Snail

Baby dolls and doll carriers

small profile wooden "restaurant style" high chairs, one cover, one Bumbo tray