Come shop until you drop at this weekend's North Bay Just Between Friends Mega Children's Sale at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds Grace Pavilion in Santa Rosa. Taking place today, Thursday, October 13 through Sunday, October 16, 2016, Just Between Friends is the North Bay's largest children's and maternity consignment event.
Get a great deal on over 100,000 consignment items in 40,500 square feet of shopping space, including toys, games; outdoor gear; mommy supplies; furniture; crafting, school and party supplies; and more. You'll save 30–90% off retail prices on tons of gently used and even new items. Cash, checks, debit cards, and Visa and Mastercard are accepted. Bring your own bags, baskets, or even a wagon to carry your deals.
It's that time again—the Appel & Frank Babes & Babies Shopping Event takes place at St. Mary's Cathedral Patron's Hall in San Francisco on Saturday, November 3, from 9:30 am–2 pm. New and expecting moms, you are invited for a fun day of shopping, education and information!
Shop from 65 local designers and companies offering baby and toddler clothing, accessories, gear, toys, resources, and much more, all at discounted prices, of course. There will be awesome gift bags for the first 200 families, play spaces and activities for the kids, and a raffle with great prizes including a Stokke highchair, Joovy stroller, and a Medela Pump in Style breastpump.
You'll also find informational seminars from on topics including sleep training, diapering, cord blood registry, and more.
Marin Mommies readers get discounted admission of $5 for two people with the code MARINMOMMIES when ordering in advance at www.appelandfrank.com. Regular admission is $5 each online or at the door.
One of the things about living in Marin and the San Francisco Bay Area is that due to the many microclimates here, we end up wearing our sweaters and jackets year-round. Growing up here, I always think it's funny to hear people back east talk about putting their winter clothes away for the summer. Here, you'll need that wool sweater and parka for trips to San Francisco and Point Reyes during the middle of July.
With that in mind, it really pays to find a piece of clothing that your child will be able to wear whenever the weather dictates, whether it's on a foggy summer morning on the playground or on a chilly winter day. We recently got to try out a new children's jacket by Little Froglet, a new company launched just last month by Marin mompreneur Nicole Cibellis,
Marin mompreneur Nicole Cibellis turned being laid off in the economic downturn into an opportunity to design her own line of children's clothing. Her company, Little Froglet - Real Clothes for Real Kids, just launched this month, and so far her products are a hit with both parents and children. We asked Nicole to tell us a little about her and how she started her business.
Please tell us a little about yourself. What's your background?
I am a wife of a supportive and wonderful man, Evan, and a mom to a fun and rambunctious two-year-old little boy named Nolan. Nolan really has been the catalyst of all the change in my life over the past few years. Prior to him, I worked for 11 years at many different Bay Area specialty retailers in their corporate offices focusing on buying, sourcing and product development.
How did you get started creating your own line of children's activewear?
In 2008, I finally got pregnant after trying for years. Unfortunately, my employer laid me off the day after I returned from maternity leave. With the economy melting down I wasn’t sure what would happen with future employment opportunities. One day while playing with Nolan and his friends at a playground, it struck me that kids need to have a more functional jacket when it is cold. My son and his friends didn’t want to wear gloves and hats so the Ultimate Year 'Round Jacket was born and it was time
Ever since she started learning to talk, my little girl has always had her own distinctive vocabulary. Of course, most babies and toddlers have their own words for things they can't quite pronounce. Now there is a great way to show off your child’s unique words and phrases and preserve them on a shirt. Translation Teesis a local mom-owned business that offers one-of-a-kind shirts for the little ones who have their own unique takes on common words. Translation Tees combine your child’s own cute mispronounced words with fresh, colorful, and bold graphics. Over 100 designs are available, printed on high-quality 100% cotton interlock shirts that will last for years.
If you’re into beautiful summer vintage dresses and unique clothing for your kids like I am, then check out Girl Charlee. This is one of my favorite sites for cute spring and summer dresses for girls, and the hip clothing for boys. Girl Charlee offers a variety of designer lines, including Eeny Meanie and Girl Charlee’s own, that offer a variety of both real vintage styles and vintage-inspired fabrics. Some of the girls’ styles include a groovy knit halter, a vintage floral strap dress, and vintage patch pocket gaucho pants. A few of the boys’ popular styles include some cool and hip cargos and stylish “Sebastian” shorts. They also carry a variety of very cute fabric wrap headbands using their signature vintage and vintage inspired fabrics.