Monday, February 25, 2013

Consignment earn money for your kids' stuff and get stuff they need on the cheap!

Consignment is a GREAT way to score some awesome deals on the things your kids need!  AND even BETTER, if you sell at the consignment sales, you can earn money, so you could net the stuff you need for FREE! I touched on how to save money on clothes and toys a bit in the past, but I can't believe I completely forgot to mention consignment!  



That said, I was thrilled when Yvette from Just Between Friends contacted me about a consignment sale coming to Scottsdale in May.  PERFECT excuse to bring this subject up to you all again :).  AND there's something in it for you!

March 1 (THIS Friday) the website will open for sellers to sign up! The sellers price their own items and receive 65%-75% of the price of their items.  And for YOU GUYS ONLY as my readers, the seller fee is reduced 50% to $5!! Just mention that you are my readers when signing up :).  The fee is deducted from your check at the end of sale, and that check is sent out within 2 weeks of the end of sale.

The event is in Scottsdale at The Phoenix Elks Lodge (14424 N 32nd St). The 3 day sale starts with a presale on May 9 open to special groups starting at 3:30pm, strollers are not allowed, it'd be easier to leave the munchkins home anyways ;).  "Special Groups" include volunteers who work a min of 4hrs, sellers, expectant moms, moms with new babies, teachers, foster and military families.

Sellers make usually between $200-$300 (!!), and go to the website myjbftags.com to enter inventory.  Then you print out the tags and pin or tape them to the clothes and you are all set! 

Too busy for all that tagging?  They can do it for you! It will reduce your net to 50% to 65%, but hey, if you're busy, it's a great option.

Volunteers are what make the event run smoothly.  Volunteers earn 70% as sellers, and those who become team leaders earn 75%.

The event includes children's items, maternity wear, and even a Mommy's mart to sell something that you couldn't use that is new in pkg.  There will also be a scrapbook corner in the Mommy Mart.

Excited about this sale yet?  But wait! There's more! The BEST part about this, they have teamed with 2 local non-profit organizations that will benefit in part from the sale.  They are working with Maggie's Place, which is a home where moms can live during their pregnancy and with their baby if they'd otherwise find themselves alone or homeless.  And they are working with Clothes for Keeps, an organization that provides clothing to foster families who take in a new child.  

These organizations will benefit from the admission fee and will take donated items from sellers after the event.  How awesome is that?

So, my local peeps, start gathering your kids outgrown clothes, toys, and "stuff" and sign up to sell at this event!  Check out their facebook page and shoot them a like too!


 


 

 



Monday, February 11, 2013

*GIVEAWAY* Personalized Games for the Kiddos


Kids LOVE personalized things.  Zach loves anything with his name on it.  And both boys LOVE looking at pictures, especially of themselves, of course ;).  That's why I was sooo excited when my cousin Angela offered to do a giveaway for one of her AWESOME custom kids' games.  Angela runs an Etsy shop called Angela's Images, where she has personalized games and items that are created using pictures you send her.  She also has some handcrafted things like camera straps, and crayon rolls, and nursing covers.  In short, she is spectacularly crafty :).

She is giving away reader's choice of EITHER her personalized Memory game or the personalized dominoes.

Here is her description of the Memory Game:
Make photos a part of your child's everyday fun! Create a "Memor-ME" game of your favorite photographs! A great way to introduce family members (grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, etc.) that children don't see often! Available in a 28 piece (1.25"x3" rectangular pieces) 30 or 40 piece game (2" square pieces), it's sure to be a hit around the household! 

These Games make great gifts! Choose 14 photos and send them to me and I will create your very own Memory Game! 28 pieces, ages 3 and up. Kids love these games and play with them for hours! Made from photgraphs and wood, sealed with a non-toxic coating and packaged in its own vinyl pouch for storing with your very own customized label, these games are sure to be a hit with everyone who sees them!


And here is the Domino Game:


Make photos a part of your child's everyday fun! Create a Domino game of your favorite photographs! Available in a 28 piece game (1.25"x3" rectangular pieces), it's sure to be a hit around the household! 

These Games make great gifts! Choose 7 photos and send them to me and I will create your very own Domino Game! 28 pieces, ages 3 and up. Kids love these games and play with them for hours! Made from photgraphs and wood, sealed with a non-toxic coating and packaged in its own vinyl pouch for storing with your very own customized label, these games are sure to be a hit with everyone who sees them!



Zach has the Memory game and he plays with it all the time.  Not only does he love doing memory-type games, but he LOVES looking at all the old pictures of himself.  He got it shortly after his first birthday, so they are all pictures of him when he was a baby.  

How awesome would it be to give one of these games as a gift?  Or even just keep it for your kiddo?  Entering this giveaway is EASY.  If you win you will get to choose which game you want.  Shipping to the U.S. lower 48 is covered, but Canada, AK/HI are welcome to enter, you will just have to cover shipping.  The winner MUST send pictures via email to Angela within 10 days of contest end.

*Disclaimer: I did not receive either of these games for this post.  I did receive the Memory game as a gift a couple of years ago.  All opinions are my own and not compensated. 

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Friday, February 1, 2013

*FREE* Youth Football Clinic


I'm always on the look-out for cheap, fun things to do with the kiddos.  So, when Ashley from the Fiesta Bowl contacted me to tell me about a *FREE* Youth Football clinic that they are putting on for boys and girls ages 9-14, I was more than happy to share it with you guys :).
Here is some information:
As one of the Valley’s most exhilarating experiences in youth football, the Fiesta Bowl Youth Football Clinic promotes more than just the fundamentals of the game. Boys and girls, ages 9-14, are invited to participate in this free, non-contact clinic led by trained athletes and experienced coaches. Young competitors walk away with the perseverance, discipline and determination necessary to achieve their maximum potential both on and off the field.  There will be two separate clinics to accommodate participants in both the East and West Valley.
The camps are from 9AM-1PM. Registration for either clinic is required, but again, it is completely free!
More information:
West Valley - February 16, 2013
Glendale Youth Sports Complex
6221 N. 91st Ave., Glendale, AZ 85305
East Valley - February 17, 2013
Benedict Sports Complex
490 W. Guadalupe Rd., Tempe, AZ 85283