Friday, May 30, 2008

Raffle Round-Up with Apple Blossom Baby

Raffle Round-Up includes a $25 gift certificate from Apple Blossom Baby that can be used on any new or resale item. Visit Apple Blossom Baby online or stop by its Chico store.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Sustain and Save

Repurposing, swapping or sharing, or consigning items is not only a great way to save money, but also a great way to make money. Since our reality is now $4 gallon gas with rising food prices, it makes more sense to spend our dollars wisely and get as much value from them as we can. New is not always better when used is down right functional, serves the need, and promotes sustainability while also saving you money.

The idea of "used" is not so taboo anymore. Repurposing, ‘using or converting for use in another format or product:’ (ex: denim organizer, pillow case dress, and more), is a great way to sustain the “life” of an item, promote creativity, and save you a few dollars by not having to buy new.

Swapping and sharing or trading items is something that many of us already do whether outfitting children through growing spurts or sitting down and enjoying a great read. If your need for an item is only for a short period of time, then choosing one of these options is another alternative that can save you money.

Consigning is not a new concept, but has become big business moving from the familiar church hall to events being held bi-annually and annually at convention centers and fairgrounds. A following has continued to the Internet where quality, used items, and a "great deal" can also be found from the convenience of your home.

For more than two years, Apple Blossom Baby of Chico has offered ‘high quality and new clothing and accessories’, along with the consigning of the same. With a storefront providing a great shopping selection and perks like ‘a comfy rocker for nursing, feeding or just resting’, surprisingly, the majority of their sales come from Internet purchases which are availabe for delivery or "in store" pick-up. If you would like to consign items at Apple Blossom Baby, then contact them for an appointment.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Take it! It's free. Really, it is.

When was the last time you heard that statement only to learn there was a catch? Well, when you become a part of the Freecycle network, then you are bound to hear that a lot, and yes, it is true.

The Freecycle™ Network was founded in Tuscon, Arizona by Deron Beal in May of 2003. He saw an opportunity to “turn trash into treasure from perfectly good items” that were being tossed out as garbage, by their owners, and would eventually end up in a landfill. This private, non-profit organization started with a handful of 30 to 40 members and has grown to a network of millions from more than 75 countries. Their mission is simple, “to build a worldwide gifting movement that reduces waste, saves precious resources and eases the burden on our landfills while enabling our members to benefit from the strength of a larger community.” Do you want to become a part of this generous community that promotes environmental sustainability and reuse? Find a local Freecycle™ network near you.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

U and I Trade, U and I Save

Online Applications for Sponsors and Exhibitors

Applications for sponsors and exhibitors will be available on Monday, June 2. For your convenience and to reduce paper waste, online submissions will be available.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Green Aware Fair 2008

You are cordially invited to Green Aware Fair 2008.

Green Aware Fair will be held in the open air foothills of Loma Rica, California at La Casa en las Nubes. Hosted by Life as Organic, the day will be filled with organic, natural, and sustainable products and services exhibits, eco-friendly education, family entertainment, and green cuisine. Our goals are to:

• Introduce safer and natural ways of living.
• Present ways to improve the health of the family and its environment.
• Promote organic, natural, eco-friendly, and sustainable companies and products.