There is another 10 points available on the Best Buy Reward Zone Facebook App.! Simply go here and answer one question and earn 10 points: https://www.facebook.com/bestbuy/app_187400188063684#_=_. Log into your account, go to the user poll tab, and answer one question and you will earn 10 points. If you haven’t created a Reward Zone account, you can create one here as well and start earning these free Best Buy points. You will see a button pop-up saying you’ve earned 10 points.
I love to consign my children’s clothes and toys. I love the act of actually purging and getting rid of stuff that we simply no longer need and getting cash in return. I wish I would have known of these types of sales when I was a first time mom because there are lots of baby items I wish I would have bought secondhand versus paying full price for them. This sale is less work than having a garage sale and also gives you a greater return than a garage sale or a kids consignment shop.
One baby/kids consignment sale coming up is the Whale of a Sale. It is being held in Carmel March 14-16 at the Meridian Plaza in Carmel. There are over 500 consignors that participate in the sale and there were only about 30 spots left for consigning if you want to register as a consignor and sell clothes/toys/baby items.
The reason I love this sale is that it is well-advertised. They are also very picky about the quality of the items that will accept (no stained items, all toys are tested to make sure they are working, etc.). There are lines of shoppers ready to shop looking for bargain. It is much easier than having a garage sale. You go and register as a consignor, enter your items into the computer, print your labels and attach the label to your clothing items and toys and drop them off. You do need to do more work in presentation such as hanging your clothes on a hanger, but this is something which will help sell your item. If at the end of the sale your item does not sell, you can choose to donate to a charity or you can pick up your items at the end of the sale. If you are a consignor, you also get to shop before the public. You pay a $15 fee to consign, but if you volunteer one shift you can have your $15 fee waived. The split starts at 60%/40% and for every 4 hour shift you volunteer, your split goes up 5% up to 75%. For example, you price and sell and item for $10. If you do not volunteer at all, you would receive $6 and Whale of a Sale receives $4. You can also choose to mark your items to be reduced half price for the last day of the sale. This is such a great sale to shop for bargains and also a great way to earn money as well.
This sale also had special $10 passes you can buy if you are not consigning and would like to shop before the public. If you are a new first time mom with a baby less than 1 year old, you can also register for a new mom pass to shop before the public. These passes for this sale are sold out, but something to think about trying to get for a future sale if you are a first time mom or know a first time mom.
There are also other vendors at the sale and they often will have specials and giveaways at the sale. Speaking of giveaways, I saw that Whale of a Sale was having a $200 shopping spree so visit the web site at: http://www.whale-sale.com. There are often updates on the Facebook page and giveaways on there as well: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Whale-of-a-Sale-Upscale-Childrens-Consignment-Event/111227703309?ref=ts&fref=ts.
There are some great recipe Kindle e-books available for your Kindle reader today. If you don’t own a Kindle, you can still download these free ebooks today by downloading them to your Kindle for PC. The free books today are: 1) 21 Tasty Slow Cooker Chicken Recipes: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00AYP743C/ref=docs-os-doi_0, 2) 52 Delicious & Healthy SUPERFOOD Breakfasts Under 300 Calories – Simple, Quick & No-Bake!: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0086YRRZS/ref=docs-os-doi_0, 3) Gleefully Gluten-Free (Healthy Desserts & Snacks): http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008MNR6JA/ref=docs-os-doi_0, and 4) Best Ever Fruit Cobbler & Crisp Recipes (Best Ever Recipes Series): http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00ARNKE7O/ref=docs-os-doi_0. I can’t wait to try some of these recipes!
One of my favorite places I’ve discovered is a little tea shop in Zionsville called Serenity. They are located in downtown Zionsville. I love to go here for the English tea. You get to sample a variety of teas, little sandwiches, and scrumptious little desserts as well. You do need to make reservations for the English teas. This is such a fabulous little place if you are having a bridal shower, baby shower, or want to get together with friends for some relaxing conversation. They do have a lunch menu of soup, salad, and sandwiches. I always have excellent customer service and enjoy myself when I come to this restaurant.
Right now they have a Living Social deal for $10 for $20 worth of food and the voucher doesn’t expire until August. I highly recommend this this restaurant for lunch or for an English tea: http://www.livingsocial.com/deals/607628?rpi=106233840&ref=personalized-link-box-106233840&rui=11200166. They also offer etiquette classes and other fun events. If you want to look at the menu and English tea offerings, please visit their web site here: http://www.occasionsdivine.com/serenity.html. If you decide to purchase this deal or any other deal for Living Social, make sure to go through Shop at Home as the cash back earned is currently 4% on Living Social deals. http://www.shopathome.com/?IAFCG=PiFrIg8iU0K1CYbScgu+xw== so your total after going through Shop at Home is $9.60. If you are new to Shop at Home, you will get $5.00 for signing-up after you meet the minimum requirements for receiving a check from them so potentially it would only cost you $4.60 for the Living Social voucher if you are new to Shop at Home!
If you missed the Indy’s Child Summer Camp Fair at the Fashion Mall this past weekend and are looking for some options for your child for summer camp, check out the list that Indy’s Child had at the Summer Camp Fair: http://www.indyschild.com/pdf/Camp-Fair-Program-2013-.pdf.
The giveaway winner by random draw for the Paint Cellar $15 gift certificate goes to Cherie Castle! Congrats Cherie and thanks for entering! I’ll be in contact with you to get the gift certificate to you.
In other news, I was very excited to get my newsletter from The Paint Cellar this month. There are new classes listed on the calendar for March. The adult classes in Carmel are listed here: http://paint-cellar.com/calendar/#.USzQufI5t8E. There is also a coupon code available for parents/guardians for painting with your child for half off. Details are here: Our kids classes are a ton of fun and we love it when our adults get involved. In March parents/guardians are encouraged to take the opportunity and come paint with their child. Use code MARKIDZ and get half off the parent/guardian seat. The kids classes are only $15 and includes all supplies so I may try this out with my oldest sometime. The kids classes are here: http://paint-cellar.com/kidz-calendar/#.USzQl_I5t8E.
I also saw in my Amazon Local that the Fortville location for The Paint Cellar has a voucher for new clients only to try a class for only $17. See details here: http://local.amazon.com/indianapolis/B00BJP15V8?src=email&cid=em_dd_462_101_na_s1_&ref_=pe_254660_28452560.
You can find this book here: http://www.amazon.com/Slow-Cooker-Comfort-Foods-ebook/dp/B00BGS4TLQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1361818533&sr=8-1&keywords=slow+cooker+comfort+foods. Even if you don’t own an Amazon Kindle, you can download this for your Kindle for PC.
Have you been taking the daily polls on the Best Buy Facebook App.? There is a new 10 point poll available today about what types of TV shows you like to watch: https://www.facebook.com/bestbuy/app_187400188063684#_=_. If you have not signed-up yet for a Reward Zone membership, it is free to sign-up. You should see a window pop-up stating you’ve earned 10 points.
In case you missed my post, I have a giveaway going on until 5:00 PM EST today for The Paint Cellar, a local painting studio in Carmel. Simply like Economicalbear on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Economicalbear?ref=ts&fref=ts and The Paint Cellar on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ThePaintCellar?ref=ts&fref=ts and leave a comment on my blog letting me know you’ve liked both pages.
There is a new poll for the Best Buy Reward Zone Facebook App. Simply go here: https://www.facebook.com/bestbuy/app_187400188063684#_=_ and answer one question. As a reminder, you can also answer one question under the Member Choice tab and earn 25 points (expires at 11 PM EST tonight). If you have not signed-up for a Reward Zone membership (it’s free), you can also do so at the link above. You will see a button when you’ve earned your 10 points. You should also see it in your history as well when you click on the number of points you have available.