Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Sale: It's the Final Countdown...

As the sale committee kicks it into high gear, we cannot wait for the 2014 Spring Parent Talk Used Clothing, Toy & Equipment Sale - happening this Saturday May 3rd, 2014!

The deals on spring and summer clothing and accessories are sure to amaze again this sping, with the POD nearly filled to the top and more donation items gathering at our overflow location. Need a new bike for Suzie or a scooter for Tommy? We're sure to have that too! How about nursery decor for your newest little one? I know we have something in pink and blue too!

Want to shop the best selection of the weekend?

VOLUNTEER: Register for a 2-hour shift and shop on May 2, BEFORE the general public. To volunteer, please click HERE.

Looking to clear out the clutter?

DONATE: Drop off your gently used children's clothing, toys, and gear anytime, or just bring them to the sale on Friday, May 2. For more information, email

CONSIGN: Want to make a little cash? There is still time to obtain a seller's ID and kit. Email for more information.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Meet A Sale Committee Member

Recently Parent Talk asked two of our sale committee members, Ellie B. and Karin D. to answer some questions about their experience volunteering for the Parent Talk Used Clothing, Toy & Equipment Sale both as a committee member and as a shift volunteer.  If you are interested in learning more about the sale or signing up to volunteer CLICK HERE.  There are still some prime volunteer Saturday shifts available on sale weekend! Sign up here and get a spot!

Parent Talk: Why Do you Volunteer For the Sale?

Karin:  I love to meet new people who are all working toward a common goal. Parent Talk is such a great cause that brings many people together who wouldn't potentially meet. 

Ellie: I volunteer for the Sale for many reasons. I have benefited so much from all that Parent Talk offers (from playgroups for both my kids to many afternoons spent at the playspace to attending PT events and lectures) that I wanted to contribute my energy and time to one of Parent Talk's big events and fundraisers. Being part of Sale weekend and the Sale committee is such a fun way to meet other people who share similar interests but whose kids may be different ages from mine, or live in a different town, so our paths hadn't yet crossed. I love the perks of being able to shop early and score the best deals on games, clothing, gear, toys, and so much more. 

Parent Talk: What is your Favorite Part of Sale Weekend?

Karin: Starting a shift with strangers, laughing with them all night, and leaving with friends.

Ellie: My favorite part of Sale weekend is Saturday morning right before the doors open to the public. It is so exciting to watch everyone lining up outside with their coffees in hand eagerly waiting for the doors to open and the shopping to begin. I love chatting with people in line about where they came from and how many Sales they've been to before. I love helping to pass out garbage bags for shoppers to fill, hearing what they hope to find inside and how many children they have. The calm before the thrilling shopping storm! :)

Parent Talk: What was your first Sale Volunteer Experience?

Karin: My first experience was in October of 2011. I had had my first son the previous May and was looking to meet newer Moms in the area. It was pouring rain and I was involved in transporting goods from the POD to the church. While we were all soaked going back and forth, our cheeks hurt from laughing all night while we slipped and slided along the way.

Ellie: My first experience with the Sale was several years ago as a new Needham resident and new Parent Talk member, volunteering for a 2-hr shift on a Friday night before the day of the Sale. I was AMAZED at how much coordination, volunteer effort, organization, and fun went into the whole Sale. I was impressed by all the ladies in the purple shirts on the Sale committee and wanted to learn about how to get more involved at making this incredible day happen. 

Parent Talk: What is your role is this year's Sale?

Karin: Volunteer Committee Chair

Ellie: This is my second time on the Sale committee. I had a blast at the tagging party where we helped price and tag many donated clothing items to get them ready for the Sale. I also helped distribute flyers all around town in local businesses to help get the word out about Sale weekend. Such a fun way to interact with local shop owners and see first-hand what a great reputation Parent Talk has in the community. I look forward to working Sale weekend including a cashier shift for the first time.

NEXT SALE DATE: Saturday, May 3, 2014


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Thumbprint Easter Craft

Written by Susan Orr

Who doesn't love a craft with cute little thumbprints! So easy to make Easter chicks and bunnies using the little ones fingerprints. Create cards for grandparents or embellish some place cards for the Easter table. 

These Easter bunnies are so sweet! {source}
You could also draw a basket and fill it with "easter eggs."
Cute thumbprint eggs! {source}
Happy Easter everyone!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Parent Talk Receives Service Award!

Thanks to the devoted volunteer efforts of Jenny George, Parent Talk has partnered with Project Night Night for seven years running to stuff "night night bags" for children and teens in area shelters.  This year, Parent Talk assembled 243 Night Night bags, positively impacting the lives of hundreds of children.  We are proud of our members who mobilize to support this organization annually and who have donated close to 1500 bags over the last seven years. 

Monday, April 7, 2014

Spring Cleaning the Toys

After the influx of new toys from the holidays and three birthdays in January and March, our playroom (and living room and bedrooms) are literally bursting at the seams. The race cars, babydolls and legos are constantly underfoot, and maybe it's the 26 consecutive weekends of winter but if I hear another round of "Let It Go!" I might just box it ALL up and toss it out on the curb.  

Fortunately it won't have to come to that since the Parent Talk Used Toy, Clothing & Equipment Sale is coming up which means the donation POD is open and accepting donations, so this weekend while the kids are finally playing outside I'll be rounding up everything we've grown out of and make a trip (or two) to the POD!  

Below I've rounded up my favorite toy organization and storage strategies too - so take a peek, get inspired and reclaim your playroom from the winter toy-splosion! The pin links are included too if you want to save the articles for later.

Anyone with a little boy in their life will appreciate this one - Lego Storage:

Reading Corner Inspiration:

The biannual Parent Talk Used Clothing and Equipment Sale is coming up May 3rd. Click here for all the details, including donation and consignment information. Sale starts at 8:30 and make sure you get there early! There is also still time to sign up for a volunteer shift so you can shop early on Friday.

Written by Wendy Todd

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