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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Go with the Flow

At 3 1/2 years old our store has found its niche, we are a great resource for kids clothing, toys and books, as well as gear like strollers, high chairs, and baby carriers (but you already knew that!). While every day is different around here we have noticed that certain items hang around a bit too long due to less interest. We have come to a fork in the road and must go with the flow. We are heading into a new direction by permanently leaving some items off of our Accepting lists.

We are phasing out Maternity and Nursing clothing as part of what we sell. This is a tough decision as we are based on the green practice of moving things forward but we are certain that these items will continue to move along via friend-to-friend giving, private sales or donations.

And so we are currently selling the remainder of this stock in a "until further notice" HUGE SALE and giving 60% off all maternity and nursing clothing and accessories, nursing pillows, covers, and bras!!


Our remaining stock at 60% OFF includes:

Maternity Jeans, Tops, Dresses, Skirts, Shorts, Swim, Bras
Nursing Camis, Bras, Tops, Covers, Pillows and pillow covers
Bottles, Sterlizers, Cups and Plates

Brands such as Mimi, Pea in the Pod, Duo, Motherhood, Gap, Old Navy, Glamour Mom 

We will continue to offer advice, books on pregnancy, nursing, etc, and when we know of them possible outlets to purchase what we may no longer carry. Please know we will continue to assist local charities and collect items as needed, even maternity and nursing, we just won't be selling them anymore.

Thank you for your past patronage for the items now leaving our store. We look forward to continuing to offer the best of what our consignors bring in so we'll see you soon!!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Guest Blogger - Green sunshine

I am 100% for "alternative" energy sources. Hope you enjoy and learn from our guest blogger today...

"Last week, I was giving some thought to my family’s cell phone provider, and it made me look at our budget. I’m looking to save wherever I can without sacrificing the quality of my lifestyle. Luckily, my other utility expenses low, and if you have a high electric bill, there is a pain-free way to save money and reduce your impact on the environment.

For the last two years, I’ve been looking at energy prices rise, and helping home owners with big PG&E bills reduce their expenses by using Solar leases, smart thermostats, and new lighting to reduce consumption and costs, without sacrificing comfort and quality of life. In our Region, if you have an electric bill of more than $60/month, you’re paying more than 30 cents/kWh. That’s just too much when other parts of the U.S. are paying less than 10 cents, and there are better alternatives that require little or no investment to reduce your costs.


Having performed dozens of residential energy audits for home owners in the Central Valley and the Bay Area, I have found that most home owners with a sunny roof and a high electric bill can save more than 20% on their electric costs by using solar, smart thermostats, and new energy efficient lighting. With the advent of the “Solar Lease” about two years ago, you don’t have to buy a big expensive solar array. Leased solar power costs about 19-25 cents per kWh, and the lease provider takes care of the maintenance, insurance, and provides you with a compelling user interface so that you can see the environmental benefits of the clean energy you are producing. The lighting and smart thermostat complement solar by working to reduce your bill when the sun doesn’t shine. Again, this costs you nothing up-front. We “work in” the capital cost of the lighting and thermostat to the capital that is leased (though you own the thermostat and lighting).

Would you use clean power if it cost the same as you currently pay? How about if it saved you 20 percent? If you have a bill that runs over $60/month, you can probably benefit from our free service. If you have a bill over $200/month, we can probably save you about $500/year, and that adds up to thousands over the long term. Please feel free to contact me at scott@smarthausassociates.com if you would like a free custom evaluation using PG&E’s new “Green Button” feature. It’s a great way to save money while feeling good about reducing your impact on the planet.

Scott Hoppe"


Thank you, Scott! There are a lot of technical terms and basic information for everyone to absorb and hopefully work with.


Would you like to write for our audience? Please contact Stephanie!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Spotted!

Those spots i.e. stains...they mean a harder second life. Not all "minor wear" can be consigned or even given to local charities. I put the question to our Facebookers and the most popular solution for stains given wass: Oxyclean. My personal favorite cleaners are Netapur bar from H2O products and simple Borax. Hanging to dry can also give clothes a better look. You no longer have to scrub your afternoon away so why not give something new a try so that your children's clothes can have a longer life!

Spotted in our store are some fabu items such as ...

* Bugaboo Bee stroller with blue canopy
* Rocking sheep, elephant, giraffe, dog, moose
* Baby Travellers (NEW) portable changing station
* PBK toy chest, car ramp side table
* Gus & Max (NEW) changing pad covers, bamboo blankets
* Puzzles, cars, dolls, rattles, potties
* Jumperoos, Infant Swings
* play table with paper roll and two benches
* Kettler trike in pink/white, bike belt (NEW) and pedal toe clips (NEW)
* Beach chairs, sun tent
* Cloth diapering, Organic items, Dance wear, Sports wear
* Some snow and rain gear
* Maternity and nursing clothing and extras, Nursing pillows
* Bedding from bassinet to twin mattress
* PBK upholstered rocker with ottoman and slip covers
* unique dark wood large cradle with lace canopy
* Diaper bags, backpacks, baby carriers
* Kids' clothing sizes 10 - 18 (you know, when they start getting taller than you!)
* Preemie to 12m clothing (for your own little newbies!)

- Remember we give discounts on the spot:
10% off to teachers for classroom supplies, therapists for office supplies
10% off to Foster Parents
20% off first purchase for every new shopper
Last day we're open of every month = 50% off 0-12m clothing
and other discounts (see blog menu for Sales/Calendar!) and also Facebook specials (LIKE us!)

This Saturday, April 21, put your child or children in the spotlight - Sign up for a Mini Session with Kelly Baker Photography! $75 for a 20 minute session, she'll take photos in natural light at our store (how convenient!),  also included is your choice of 1 digital image or 1 8x10 print, and prints to view online, by Mother's Day! Call us during store hours to see how to schedule your appointment ASAP!

Every day there's something different coming and going!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Window Wednesday

Back from three whole days off!

Here are just some of the wonderful items 
we have in-store right now...

Phil & Ted's, Peg Perego, Graco, Combi, Maxi Cosi, Baby Jogger, Britax
4T Kidorable

18-36m jacket & pants, umbrella
Maternity jeans, tops, etc!!

Jumperoos and a doorway jumper
Wetsuit and sun suit

Formal dresses, sun dresses

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Just for the Day

We are CLOSED Sunday 4/8/12

We'll see you again Wednesday, 4/11 for business as usual!


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