Playhouse Baby Fair and Consignment Sale March 30th & 31st

  It’s time again for the Playhouse sale!  Time to get all those gently used baby clothes at a great price.  The Playhouse accepts donations, consignors, and will have vendors that you don’t want to miss!  Plus, there are great activities for the kids as well.  You won’t want to miss this big event that is taking place at The National Guard Armory in Boone this weekend right across the street from the Tot Lot and the Watauga County Swim Complex.

According to Kathy Parham, the Playhouse Executive Director “The consignment side features high quality, nearly new clothes, household items and more, while the rummage side always offers incredible deals”

For those wanting the best deals you must check out the Early Birth Sale on Friday, March 30th from 8:30 am-1:00 pm there is also a $5 admission fee at the door for this early sale.  Admission is free for Saturday’s Baby Fair that lasts from 8:30 am-1:00 pm.   Items will go half price from noon to 1:00pm.

Other than great baby deals what can you expect on Saturday?

Great giveaways from local vendors will be happening on Saturday!  You will be able to find great information and giveaways that will benefit your family and children.  Watauga County SafeKIDS will be providing free car seat checks and information on car seat safety.  And fair sponsors like Pediatric dentists Drs. Mayhew, Conn, Scheffler, and Hardaway offer toothbrushes.  You will also be able to find Healthcare providers and businesses that serve families will be on hand to chat with parents, including sponsors Blue Ridge Pediatrics, Harmony Center for Women’s Health & Vitality, and Boone Drug.   Plus, I will be there with Endless Blessings Birth offering a great giveaway and information on doulas and childbirth!

And, don’t miss the chair massages!  Whoot!  Not to mention an airwalk and art activities for the kiddos. Whoa!  What an event!

All proceeds benefit The Children’s Playhouse and amazing nonprofit children’s museum and play space for families.

The Playhouse is also hosting the 4th annual Great Friend to Families Award.  They are searching high and low for High Country residents who’s joy comes in helping kids and families.  They are looking for nominations in two areas.  Helping Hands and Helping Hearts, Helping Hands will celebrate professionals that dedicate their time to improving the lives of children and families and Helping Hearts will recognize individuals who give their time to families through philanthropy and/or volunteer efforts.

Nominations must be submitted by April 5th!  In order to nominate an outstanding citizen click here or stop by The Playhouse!

Wee Cycle Consignment Sale Starts Thursday!

The Wee Cycle Fall Consignment sale is finally here! Just like always, you can find everything from kids’ clothes, to toys, cribs, books, shoes, maternity, and MORE!  This year, Wee Cycle will also feature new items from local vendors, contests, and lots of fun!

The sale will run Thursday August 19- Saturday August 28, 10AM – 7PM daily (closed Sundays). Remember the NEW LOCATION, in the old Charleston Forge building at 368 HWY 105 Extension.

If you’ve never shopped the Wee Cycle Sale, come early and often!  The premium items go fast, so get in there on Thursday when the sale opens to get the best choice of merchandise!

Here are some photos of just some of the items you’ll see!  Visit Wee Cycle on Facebook to see more photos and join in on the Consignment fun! Also, check out the Wee Cycle Website for all the information and to contact them!

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wee cycle consignment strollers Wee cycle consignment shoes.

Wee Cycle Children’s Consignment August 19-28, 2010

It’s that time again!  Wee Cycle Children’s Consignment Sale is soon to be up and running, in a NEW LOCATION!  The sale will be located at 368 Highway 105 Extention (The Old Charleston Forge Building)!

Wee Cycle 125As always, Wee Cycle will feature thousands of square feet of brand name and boutique, gently worn clothing, furniture, maternity, toys, shoes, books, dvds,  and more!

If you are interested in consigning or volunteering with Wee Cycle, you can fill out the online form here. Volunteers and consignors get access to special pre-sale dates for first choices of the incredible selection, and consignors receive 60% of a his/her sales totals.

Visit Wee Cycle Children’s Consignment Website for more information, and stay tuned to High Country Mom Squad for updates and special news about the sale.

Wee Cycle Photo.

Watauga Buy-Sell-Trade

Many of us have been through the experience of hosting a yard sale. The clearing out, the pricing, the haggling, the waking up at 4 am to drag all your stuff outdoors.  After our first and only yard sale, I just decided to donate the things we didn’t need, but sadly, the bag sat in the garage for I don’t know how long!  And many of us wish there were a better option.

Welcome Richard Tidyman, teacher in Watauga County and High Country dad, to introduce a new project he’s launching.  Hopefully, it will help us connect with each other in the High Country when we want to “Buy, Sell, or Trade.”

How would you like a way to save a buck, minimize waste at the landfill, and a chance to sell worthwhile items to local folks– and never leave your home to do it?  Believe it!  No yard sale.  No donating to a thrift store, and no dragging it to the landfill. Enter the latest local Yahoo Group: WataugaBuySellTrade. You can sell your stuff or even request something you are willing to buy.  This group is just in its infancy but it is growing, and will continue to do so with your help.

WataugaBuySellTrade is a marketplace for those who want to get rid of something , but  watauga buy sell tradeknow they need to recoup at least some of your investment. The beauty of this new online tool is that

  • it’s free
  • you can post your ad whenever you feel like it no matter what time of day or night
  • you won’t get spammed like you do on Craigslist
  • just like Freecycle, your ad only goes to the people on the list, which at the moment has only 117 members but it will grow.
  • Offers are monitored for appropriateness by three different folks, making sure your ad hits the internet in a timely manner.

If you are concerned you will be inundated with emails, relax. The traffic is not that great yet, and even still you can set your membership status so you only get daily list of everything posted for sale that day.

In conclusion, if you have something that you would normally want to put in a yard sale, or something even bigger, or an announcement about an upcoming sale, post it.

Visit the group yourself at

Learn more about Freecycle at

If you have questions, contact Richard Tidyman at

Ashe Kids Market Comes to Fleetwood

Consignment Season continues in the High Country! Ashe Kids’ Market is back for its second year in Fleetwood!  Kids’Market is a Spring/Summer Children’s Consignment Sale in Ashe County. The sale is located in the Old Fleetwood School across from the Fleetwood Volunteer Fire Department on Hwy 221 in Fleetwood, NC.

The sale will run March 25th – 29th, with Half Price Day on March 29th.  Registration is now open for consignors, and the sale will be open to the public.   ashe kids' consignmentSpring/Summer Shopping, Infant through Pre-teen Sizes, Toys & Equipment, Furniture & Bedding, Easter Items, ASU gear and other uniforms, Books & Videos, Maternity Items & Supplies.

Proceeds benefit Ashe County Elementary Schools.  For more info or call 336-877-8894..

Coupon Preview & Deals of the Week:

There are a lot of great deals out there this week, online and off! If you know of a great deal, locally or online, PLEASE add it to the comments, we would love to hear it!

Last week, I learned something about online printable coupons! I always thought they would not double, because… well they say “Do Not Double.” But you can read about my experience here: Do Online Coupons Double or Triple?

There is a special insert this Sunday for P&G Brand Saver. There are $160 worth of coupons this week, the biggest savings yet! And, for every coupon redeemed, P&G will provide one day’s worth of clean drinking water to a child in need through the Children’s Safe Drinking Water (CSDW) Program, P&G’s philanthropic cause aimed at saving lives by providing clean drinking water to children in developing countries.

Here are some great coupons resources.  Find out what’s in this Sunday’s Paper and print out online coupons!


Here are some great online deals I’ve rounded up this week:


Toshiba Satellite laptops start at just $399! Expires 3/29/10.


Select GE Countertop Microwaves on Sale. Valid 3/7-3/13

Save $10 on Alice in Wonderland Game for Wii, Nintendo DS, or PC and Soundtrack Package. Valid 2/28-3/27


20% off purchase of $40 or more at, use code take20off


Free Standard Shipping on KODAK EASYSHARE Z981 Digital Camera Pre-orders*
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It’s Wee Cycle Consignment Sale Time Again!

A few times a year, tons of High Country Moms wrangle hangers, safety pins, and onesies and head to the Wee-Cycle Children’s Consignment Sale in Boone!  Well, it’s time again for the Wee-Cycle Spring Sale! Here are all the details:

Location: 1100 East King Street, Boone, NC

(Near New Market Center – old Mitsubishi/Hyundai Bldg.)

Dates: March 4th -13th, 2010

Store Hours: 10am – 7pm  (closed Sunday)

Just in time for Spring (we can hope, anyway) you can shop thousands of square feet of brand name and boutique, gently worn clothing, furniture, maternity, toys, shoes, books, dvds,  and more! Wee-Cycle is the perfect place to look for everything from Easter Dresses to play clothes. And this year, Wee Cycle will feature several local artisans and vendors, including our own Mom Squad Contributor Keri Hamrick!  Keri and her Husband Terry will have their Times Past Toys on display at Wee-Cycle throughout the sale.

Designer Cribs and Crib Sets

Boutique Clothing

Boutique Clothing

Times Past Toys

Times Past Toys

Strollers Anyone?

Strollers Anyone?

Shoes Wee Cycle Consignment

Walk a Mile in These Shoes

Consignment Sale

Are you ready? Get in there early, because this stuff goes fast!  And the folks at Wee-Cycle do restock the floor regularly, so go back a few times in order to see everything!

For more information, visit the Wee-Cyle Website, and become a fan on Facebook!

Disclosure: Wee-Cycle Children’s Consignment is a Mom Squad Sponsor


Black Friday: Tips and Deals!

Remember: Chick-Fil-A in Boone is offering FREE Cinnamon Clusters or FREE coffee during breakfast hours on Black Friday

Well, it’s almost here!  The most anticipated (or dreaded) shipping day of the year!  In my opinion, you either love Black Friday, preparing meticulously and mapping your route with precision; or you loathe the day and hide under your covers with “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving, the first day of the official Christmas shopping season, when most stores lower prices and offer killer sales to bring shoppers in the door. Many of the stores have “Early Bird” specials, so be sure to notice if the sale ends at a certain time.  It’s called “Black” Friday, because it’s the day many stores go from being “in the red” to a positive balance sheet for the year.

Cyber Monday is the e-tailers’ answer to Black Friday. Although many online stores will have the same deals as their brick and mortar counterparts, Cyber Monday is the official day for crazy deals online.

I got my HP all-in-one Printer/Fax/Copier about 5 years ago on Black Friday (may it rest in peace), so I’m looking for another one this year.  I also go my loaded Toshiba laptop that I use for work (everything, really) at Radio Shack on Cyber Monday last year!  This is the day I usually look to make big tech or electronics purchases.

I have compiled a few resources, and tips to help you get the most out of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. My mom and I have a tradition of going shopping, but we don’t usually get out at 4AM like some crazy people!  😉


BLACK FRIDAY resources is the official site for all the Black Friday news and updates.  You can find links to all the black friday deals there.  I always start there when I’m mapping out my plan, and you can even add items to a shopping list to print out later.  I usually add lots of stuff to the list and prune it down after seeing all the ads.

At PCWorld, I found 10 Fascinating Facts about Black Friday, including $3.00 Target Appliances!

Deal Seeking Mom has 12 Tips to Make the Most of Your Black Friday Shopping Trip Here are some of her tips:

  • Make a list: Black Friday is not the best time to go out just to browse.
  • Prioritize
  • Be realistic: Realistically, you’re going to have to choose just one doorbuster item at one store as your top priority
  • Take a shopping buddy: taking a shopping buddy who is interested in the same deals as you is a great way to score multiple deals at your first stop.
  • Leave the kids at home (Amen)
  • Wear layers
  • Bring snacks and water

To read more about these tips and others, visit Deal Seeking Mom here.

Of course, I can’t do a thorough research of tips and tricks without polling my Twitter followers! There’s no better source for practical advice!  Here’s what some of them said (I’ve kept the shorthand in there, because it’s just so darn cute! We only have 140 characters in Twitter after all!):

  • Make sure u’r mentally prepared for craziness & crazy rude people. Go w/ a good attitude and keep it & u’ll have a good time. @funygrl
  • Laugh–a lot–or all the crazy, cranky people will get to ya. 🙂 @gettingfreedom
  • Don’t go. Stay at home with your laptop. Many stores have same sales online. @wistfulwrists
  • Get out early and be finished by noon! @aboshnack
  • Have fun w/ it, go with friends/family, split the shopping list amongst stores & ppl 2 cover it. @AWelbaum
  • Have patience!  From someone who used to work in retail, EVERYONE is busy and ppl can be nasty. @allisonpeltz

Lastly, don’t be fooled by fake sales.  Don’t settle for 10% or even 30% discount. I typically won’t buy anything on Black Friday if it’s not over 50% off (wait till Cyber Monday)  Here are the deals that I am looking at

Office Depot:

HP J4680 Wireless All-In-One Printer – $64.99

HP Premium Photosmart All-In-One Printer – $99.99

Canon PIXMA MP490 Photo All-In-One Printer, Copier, Scanner – $29.99


Winter Sleepwear For Girls And Boys – 60% Off


Tell us: Will you go
shopping on Black Friday? What are you looking for?


Awesome Deal Alert! Wee Cycle Children’s Consignment Starts Thursday!

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The Wee Cycle Children’s Consignment Sale is a seasonal staple here in the High Country!  Each season, many moms clear out their gently worn children’s clothing, and stock up for the season to come!  I love to go to Wee-Cycle and find great quality, name brand clothes at a fraction of retail price!

This special Winter/Holiday Sale will run for


Location: 1100 East King Street(Near New Market Center in the old Mitsubishi/Hyundai Bldg.)

Dates: Thursday, Nov. 5th – Saturday, Nov. 7th, 2009

Store Hours: 10am – 7pm

At this sale, you can find beautiful furniture, a huge selection of winter clothes,  toys, and much more! I say it’s never too early to do your Christmas Shopping!  I am always calling my sisters-in-law and brothers from the sale to see if their kids need anything, so this time, I’ll prepare ahead of time and find out their sizes before I go!

Click here to visit the website and find out more information.  You can sign up for email alerts about Wee Cycle, as well!  Never miss another sale!

This season’s sale will also feature local vendors and artisans!  Here is a little of what you can expect this week, and I suggest getting there early!


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See you there!

Disclosure: Mom Squad is proud to have Wee-Cycle as a sponsor.

Awesome Deal Alert: Old Navy Clearance

I had a meeting at Panera today, and I can’t wait to tell you who I met with and the subject, but it’s not quite ready yet!!  There are so many brilliant people here, I’m amazed!!   So after I walked out of Panera, the Super Modelquins from Old Navy literally reached out into the mall and GRABBED me, forcing me to check out their Clearance sales!

Old Navy

After getting over the shock of abducted by mannequins, I found the most amazing deals!  Certain Clearance items are an extra 50% off!  I got about 8 shirts for $30. Given, they were summer shirts, but I got a lot of camis and tanks I can wear under layers.

Disclosure: This post is purely my honest opinion, as always!  I receive no compensation of any kind for this post.

So if you have time, run over to Old Navy and stock up for next summer!.