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how kid to kid works within your community Our stores love to get involved in the community. We wanted to let you know all the awesome ways our local owners get involved!

Providing clothing and equipment for growing kids 

We’re the best of kids’ resale and love providing an amazing array of clothing, toys, equipment and more. We carry new and used items from preemie sizes all the way up to size 14. Don’t forget that we also have maternity clothes for a growing bump. Kids grow too fast, and we know how much of a need there is for clothing and toys at a lower cost. With Kid to Kid, you get to keep more money in your wallet and get great clothes and equipment.

Paying  you cash or store credit for your outgrown  items 

We’re always looking for gently used kids’ and maternity clothes and equipment. In order to keep our stock up, we buy your stuff! That means you get cash on the spot or 20% more in store credit for your items. That money can then be used again in your community at other stores, or the store credit can be used to save money on even more stuff for your kids (and kids need a lot of stuff!). Check with your local store to see what they’re buying so you can get the most out of your trip to Kid to Kid.

Donating your leftover items 

Have something we couldn’t buy? That’s okay! We offer to donate your clothes to local charities and organizations in need. Your trip to Kid to Kid just keeps giving to your local community. Check with your store to see what charities they’re donating items to.

Providing great employment opportunities 

We need people to help buy and sell items in our stores! We employ many associates, buyers, and managers in our stores. If you love Kid to Kid, check the jobs page for employment opportunities. With employing a local workforce in each city, your money goes right back into the community.

Kid to Kid loves our communities. Our great product comes directly from the communities around us. You all make us the best.

reduce, reuse, and recycle Happy Earth Month! Last year, Kid to Kid helped shoppers recycle over 8.3 million items! We love our earth and want to help protect it which is why we love to buy your kids’ and maternity wear. Because of this we’re giving you great tips to reduce, reuse, and recycle your items. This process keeps money in your wallet and reduces waste.

Reduce:

The first step in the healthy earth model is to reduce the amount of items your buy overall. It can be hard to do this with growing kids, though! A good rule from our organization post is to try the one-in and one-out process. For every item you bring in, another item gets donated, sold, or recycled. Another good way to reduce overall is to keep track of the items you use most often and ones that didn’t work out so well. For example, did the whole family like that new recipe or will it go to waste next time?

Reuse:

Reusing an item is a great way to give it a new life! View our Pinterest board for some great Upcycle projects! There are an amazing amount of uses for old items. Don’t toss it until you can evaluate if you can reuse it. Use old Tshirts as rags, reuse bottles and jars, and keep newspaper for messy crafts. Don’t forget that boxes can make great forts and other crafts.

Recycle:

Now it’s our favorite part! Recycle. You don’t always have to donate items to recycle. Drop them off at Kid to Kid and get cash or store credit for your gently used maternity and kids’ items. Any other items like furniture can be sold through local classified ads or donated to a good cause. Your items can be used to help your community when you’re done with them before they go in the trash. The more you can recycle your items, the less items other people need to buy, and the less items go to a landfill. Don’t forget recyclable items like plastics, metals, and papers too!

We love that our shoppers help the earth by recycling items through Kid to Kid and we’re happy to see those gently used items that you sold to us helping other families. What are your tips for other families so they can help reduce, reuse, and recycle? Tell us in the comments!

Outdoor play ideas and getting your kids outside “Mom! I’m bored!”
“Well go play outside!”

How often does that conversation happen in your house during spring and summer? With the age of the internet, video games, and TV it can be difficult to encourage your kids to play outside.  Outdoor play can be amazingly fun and bonding time for the whole family.

Visit new places

What’s more exciting than an adventure to a new place? Grab your water bottles and explore a new area such as a park, nearby neighborhood, or nature areas. Take note of all the new things you see and what you like about them. The thought of going to a new place can be enough to get your kids heading toward the door to spend more time in nature.

Watch and explore the wildlife and plants

Go on a hike or even in your back yard and have your kids observe everything around them. Send them on a mini-scavenger hunt to discover new plants. What birds and other wildlife are around? What do they look like? Exploring wildlife and plants can be made even better with kid-friendly binoculars and cameras! Make it an outdoor photo contest in your family.

Build a fort

Building a fort isn’t an indoor-only activity by any means! Grab some sheets or blankets that you don’t mind getting messy and head outside. Kids can string up tents and forts between the trees or fences in your back yard. Building a fort gives your kids a goal and can keep them outdoors and active while creating something that they would normally make inside.

Exercise, bike, and hike together

Your family can become closer when you are active together. Add family outdoor time to your list in addition to game night or movie night. Jog around the block, ride your bikes, or go for a nice hike as a group. This gets your whole family involved in being active outdoors.

Get outdoor toys

Kid to Kid carries a variety of outdoor toys from butterfly nets to slides. Stop in and grab some toy shovels, buckets, and more to encourage your kids to play outside. Don’t forget sidewalk chalk and bubbles which are of course a must-have for outdoor play.

Just relax and watch the clouds

What shapes do you see in the sky? Take a moment to look up at the moving clouds and talk about what shapes you see. Watching the clouds is a great time for your kids to be creative and to relax and take in the fresh air.

Get more outdoor ideas from Oprah.com and GoodHousekeeping.com.

Consumers should stop using this product unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Recall date: March 25, 2014
Recall number: 14-140

Recall Summary

Name of product

My Sweet Love / My Sweet Baby Cuddle Care Baby Doll

Hazard

The circuit board in the chest of the doll can overheat, causing the surface of the doll to get hot, posing a burn hazard to the consumer.

Consumer Contact

Wal-Mart Stores at (800) 925-6278 from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. CT on Saturday, and from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. CT on Sunday, or online at www.walmart.com and click on Product Recalls for more information.

WM-Doll-1 800

Recall Details

Units

About 174,000

Description

The My Sweet Love / My Sweet Baby electronic baby doll comes in pink floral clothing and matching knit hat. The 16 inch doll is packaged with a toy medical check-up kit including a stethoscope, feeding spoon, thermometer and syringe. The doll’s electronics cause her to babble when she gets “sick,” her cheeks turn red and she starts coughing. Using the medical kit pieces cause the symptoms to stop. “My Sweet Baby” is printed on the front of the clear plastic and cardboard packaging. The doll is identified by UPC 6-04576-16800-5 and a date code which begins with WM. The date code is printed on the stuffed article label sewn into the bottom of the doll.

Incidents/Injuries

Wal-Mart has received 12 reports of incidents, including two reports of burns or blisters to the thumb.

Remedy

Consumers should immediately take the dolls from children, remove the batteries and return the doll to any Walmart store for a full refund.

Sold exclusively at

Walmart stores nationwide from August 2012 through March 2014 for $20.

Importer

Wal-Mart Stores Inc., of Bentonville, Ark.

Manufacturer

Tak Ngai Electronic Toys Co., LTD

Manufactured in

China

Consumers should stop using this product unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Recall date: March 19, 2014
Recall number: 14-135

Recall Summary

Name of product

Three styles of Plush Grumpy Cat stuffed animal toys.

Hazard

The stuffed animals’ eyes can detach, posing a choking hazard to young children.

Consumer Contact

Ganz at (800) 724-5902 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday or online at www.Ganz.com and click on Recall Info for more information.

dog

Recall Details

Units

About 8,200

Description

This recall involves three styles of plush Grumpy Cat stuffed animal toys by Ganz. They include an 8-inch Grumpy Cat in laying position, a 5-inch long sitting Grumpy Cat and a 4-inch Grumpy Cat key clip. The toys are multi-colored in white with dark brown, light brown and gray fur material. Grumpy Cat toys have blue crystal eyes with the eye lids half closed, a down-turned mouth and white whiskers. This toy is labeled for ages 3 and older. The Grumpy Cat key chain has a black plastic key clip at the top of the cat’s head. The recalled toys have batch numbers 86754 or 224861, and model numbers printed on the sewn-in label located near the tail of the cat.

 

The recalled toys model and batch numbers are:

 

Description Model Batch 1 Batch 2
Grumpy Cat 8″ Laying HGC12974 86754 224861
Grumpy Cat 5″ Sitting HGC12982 86754 224861
Grumpy Cat Key Clip HGC12983 86754 224861
Incidents/Injuries

The firm has received six reports of the eyes detaching from the Grumpy Cat toys.  No injuries have been reported.

Remedy

Consumers should immediately take the recalled toys away from children and contact Ganz for a free replacement Grumpy Cat product of equivalent value or a full refund.

Sold at

Gift, drug and toy stores including hospitals, museums and gift shops nationwide from December 2013 through January 2014 for about $8 to $10.

Manufacturer

Ganz USA LLC, Marietta, Ga.

Manufactured in

China

Consumers should stop using this product unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Recall date: March 19, 2014
Recall number: 14-132

Recall Summary

Name of product

Vera Bradley Bear Ring Rattles and Bunny Stuffed Toys

Hazard

The pom-pom tail can detach from the body of the bear rattle and the bunny, posing a choking hazard to young children.

Consumer Contact

Vera Bradley toll-free at (888) 855-8372 from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET Monday through Friday and 8:30 am to 5 pm ET Saturday and Sunday or online at www.verabradley.com and click on Product Recall for more information.

Bear Ring RattleLARGE

Recall Details

Units

About 98,000

Description

This recall involves all Vera Bradley Bear Ring Rattles and Bunny stuffed animal toys.  The products are made of cotton and fleece.  The bear ring rattle has a white teddy bear head, arms attached to an O-shaped body with a green, blue, brown and pink crisscross pattern design rattle. The bear ring rattle measures about 4.25 inches in diameter. The bunny is 10 inches tall from the top of its head to the bottom of its foot and was sold in three printed patterns. The “Bunny in Lilli Bell” has green vines with pink and orange flowers on the body, limbs and the back of the ears. The “Bunny in Lola” has a crisscross geometric pattern on the arms, legs and ears of the white headed bunny with a floral print body. The “Bunny in Tutti Frutti” has a green with a pink and yellow floral printed pattern fabric covering whole body. All of the recalled rattles and bunnies have a white pom-pom tail on the back of the item. The name Vera Bradley is marked on a tag attached to each item along with the following serial numbers:

 

Item Pattern Serial No.
Bunny Lola 007590013357145
Bunny Lillie Bell 0000630012803140
Bunny Tutti Frutti 0000630012803142
Bear Ring Rattle Lola 007590013234135
Incidents/Injuries

Vera Bradley has received two reports that the pom-pom tail detached from the product.  No injuries have been reported.

Remedy

Consumers should immediately take them away from young children and stop using these recalled products and return them to Vera Bradley for a full refund.

Sold at

Vera Bradley retail stores, department stores and specialty gift shops and online at www.verabradley.com and other online stores from September 2012 to January 2014 for between $12 and $19.

Manufacturer

Vera Bradley Designs Inc., of Fort Wayne, Ind.  

Manufactured in

China

Getting your kids involved in spring cleaning It’s officially spring! We know the spring-cleaning bug has bitten us, what about you? Now is also a perfect time to get your kids involved in cleaning. Grab a duster and let’s get going!

Tip 1: Set cleaning goals

Sit down with your family and pick your goals for the day or the week. What rooms need to be done? For example if their bedrooms need to be cleaned, what does that involve? Does laundry need to be folded? Are toys all over the floor? Also, when does it need to be completed? It’s especially important to have larger jobs like “clean your room” broken down into smaller tasks so children don’t become overwhelmed.

Instead use things a broken out list like “Make your bed, then pick up your toys, put away your clean laundry, then dance break! Finally help mommy dust and vacuum your room.”

Tip 2: Choose age appropriate tasks & make it fun!

It’s always important to not give tasks that are too big for your kid to complete. For instance, toddlers can follow you around and help pick up things. They can put their toys away and help pull laundry from the dryer. Elementary age children can do most of the tasks involved in cleaning except maybe those involving more elbow grease like vacuuming or mopping. Older kids can help in all aspects of spring cleaning.

Don’t forget to make cleaning fun! Throw on some music and have a mini dance party when you all complete a task. Try doing some color chores sorting for the younger kids too! For example they can put away all the toys with the color yellow on them. Breaking up the cleaning tasks and taking small breaks helps your kids focus.

Tip 3: Have positive reinforcement and rewards

When it’s all said and done, your kids may need incentives for cleaning. Those don’t always have to be bribes either! Acknowledge when your kids do a good job of cleaning and gently encourage them if they need to do a little better at picking up toys or putting away clothes. Rewards can also be small items like an extra snack or more TV time. Maybe your reward can be all going out to the park once everything is picked up!

Speaking of cleaning, check out our post on how to organize clothes and toys and sell your items to Kid to Kid!

Get more cleaning inspiration from Huffington Post and get cleaning kit ideas from Modern Parents Messy Kids.

SanAntonioTexasKidtoKid San Antonio,TX- The Kid to Kid Franchise system is proud to announce the Kid to Kid store of San Antonio has been awarded Store of the Month for February. Congratulations go out to Ken and Kristen Krawczynski. It was a month of weather anomalies for the state of Texas with freezing temperatures and ice storms, but the San Antonio store persevered and managed to have a 34 percent increase in sales and was up 72 percent in buying product from customers.

Ken and Kristen’s team have done a fantastic job in collecting email addresses and exhibiting an exceptional knack for customer service.

Ken demonstrated a great work ethic with his involvement in store operations. His presence and example can be felt throughout the store. The San Antonio team has really locked down and have a great system in place for customer turnover. Precise focus and team communication has allowed the store to explore higher levels of efficiency.

Led by Ken and Kristen’s managerial leadership, the Kid to Kid team is proud of the high standard that the San Antonio store has set. Focus and teamwork have been building blocks of success for them as they continue to power on and set a shining example within the retail community.

To learn more about Kid to Kid, visit their website or find them on Facebook for recent photos and updates.

Grab your green and get ready for St. Patrick’s Day! Don’t worry, you still have the weekend to get some clothes, make some treats, and formulate a plan to avoid getting pinched! Check your local Kid to Kid for its St. Patrick’s Day section too!

St. Patrick's printable kit thin mint puppy chow Dress-up ideas

Of course you and your kids need to dress up for St. Patrick’s. Add a dab of green with jewelry, scarfs, and hair accessories. You can also go all-out with a full green outfit! Luckily, we’re bringing you a couple of easy add-ons for your kids!  Grab this Leprechaun disguise kit from Spoonful and this girls’ shamrock hair clip too!

Thin mint muddy buddies (puppy chow)

St. Patrick’s wouldn’t be complete without some yummy snacks. Make this muddy buddies snack that incorporates minty-green for St. Patrick’s and mirrors the delicious taste of Girls Scout Thin Mint cookies! You’ll need Chex, chocolate, mint chocolate, and M & M’s for this treat. Get the recipe.

St Patrick's Day crafts and treats for kids Party ideas

A themed party is the perfect place to make everything green and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with your family and kids. How fun! An easy treat for a party is dyed milk. Decorate with placemats, garlands, shamrocks, gold, glitter, rainbows, and more! See more photos of this great themed party from CatchMyParty.com.

There are tons of great crafts, decorations, and treats for St. Patrick’s Day. See more ideas that you can do over the weekend from Spoonful.