Toys for Tots and a Free Aveda Haircut

December 4, 2014 by  
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Toys for Tots AlbuquerqueI have a soft spot for the US Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program. Toys for Tots aims to give every child a merry Christmas by ensuring they have a new toy, no matter how difficult their family’s economic circumstances.

The Albuquerque Marine Toys for Tots program distributes donated new toys as gifts to less fortunate kids in Albuquerque – and a fine job they do of it. They’re kind of like our home-grown Santas!

Of course everything depends on us making donations, so feel free to take new and unwrapped gifts for a child, boy or girl, to the many local collection points through December 11, 2014.
Here’s the list of Albuquerque Marine Toys for Tots drop-off points, which conveniently include two Toys R Us locations.

On Wednesday December 8, 2014, the Aveda Institute New Mexico will hold a Toys for Tots Hair Cuts for Toys from 9 am to 6 pm. Take in a new toy donation for Toys for Tots to the value of $15 and get a free shampoo, haircut and make-up tips! Aveda Institute New Mexico is located at 1816 Central Avenue SW in Old Town.  Call 505-294-5333 for your appointment.

–Tania


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Albuquerque Mother of Twins Sale: Cheap Kids’ Clothes and Toys

March 31, 2014 by  
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Albuquerque Mother of Twins Sale

Heads-up on a spring garage sale on April 5 with plenty of bargains…

Savvy Albuquerque parents know better than to pay full price for clothes the kids quickly outgrow. That’s why these types of consignment sales and garage sales of gently-used children’s stuff have become so popular. Everyone saves dollars, you recycle perfectly good clothes to a new family, and, let’s face it, it’s just fun to rummage around in search of a deal!

In the massive Albuquerque Mother of Twins Sale on Saturday April 5, 2014, Albuquerque moms (and dads) can shop for cheap children’s and baby clothing plus maternity items, toys, nursery equipment, furniture and more. The garage sale is organized by the Albuquerque Mother of Twins Club and admission is only $1.

Obviously the bargains you find will vary according to who is selling what, but the sale usually includes a selection of gently-used:

  • Baby and children’s clothes and shoes for spring and summer, for ages newborn through 14 years old
  • Toys and games
  • Nursery equipment
  • Maternity clothing
  • Craft supplies
  • Outdoor equipment
  • Kids’ costume and dress-up gear
  • Kids’ furniture and items such as strollers, car seats, high chairs, and cribs
  • Plus household items, electronics, books, CDs and DVDs

The Albuquerque Mother of Twins sale usually has about 85+ vendors, so there should be plenty to choose from. The fundraiser usually includes a bake sale and there will be a food truck.

The Albuquerque Mother of Twins sale for spring will be held:

  • When: Saturday April 5, 2014
  • Time: 7:30 am – 2 pm, but the line to get in might start as early as 6:30 am!
  • Where: Montgomery Church of Christ, 7201 Montgomery Boulevard NE
  • Price: Admission is $1

They recommend leaving kids at home as the sale gets pretty packed and there isn’t enough space for strollers in the aisles. Carry infants on your body in a baby carrier or sling.

The Albuquerque Mother of Twins Club is a non-profit organization.

–Tania

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Kids’ Clothes and Toys Sale: March 23

March 22, 2013 by  
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Albuquerque Mother of Twins Club

If you missed my previous post about this spring garage sale, here’s a reminder of when and where to go shopping for a bargain…

On Saturday March 23, 2013, Albuquerque moms (and dads) can shop for cheap children’s and baby clothing plus maternity items, toys, nursery equipment, furniture and more in the massive Albuquerque Mothers of Twins Club garage sale.

Obviously the bargains you find will vary according to who is selling what, but the sale usually includes a selection of gently-used:

  • Baby and children’s clothes and shoes for spring and summer
  • Toys and games
  • Nursery equipment
  • Maternity clothing
  • Kids’ costume and dress-up gear
  • Kids’ furniture and items such as strollers, car seats, high chairs, and cribs
  • Plus household items, electronics, books, CDs and DVDs

The Albuquerque Mother of Twins sale  features 85+ vendors offering gear for spring and summer, so there should be plenty to choose from. Best of all, admission is FREE!

The fundraiser also includes a bake sale selling items like breakfast burritos, nachos, frito pie, hot dogs, fruit, and baked goods.

The Albuquerque Mother of Twins garage sale fundraiser is held whatever the weather.

  • When: Saturday March 23, 2013
  • Time: 7:30 am – 2 pm
  • Where: Montgomery Church of Christ, 7201 Montgomery Boulevard NE
  • Price: Admission is free

The Albuquerque Mothers of Twins Club is a non-profit organization.

–Tania

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Albuquerque Mothers of Twins Spring Sale: Cheap Kids’ Clothes and Toys

March 14, 2013 by  
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Albuquerque Mother of Twins Club

Heads-up on a spring garage sale on March 23 with plenty of bargains…

Savvy Albuquerque parents know better than to pay full price for clothes the kids quickly outgrow. That’s why these types of children’s consignment sales have become so popular…  save dollars, recycle perfectly good clothes to a new family, and, let’s face it, it’s just fun to rummage around in search of a deal!

On Saturday March 23, 2013, Albuquerque moms (and dads) can shop for cheap children’s and baby clothing plus maternity items, toys, nursery equipment, furniture and more in the massive Albuquerque Mothers of Twins Club garage sale.

Obviously the bargains you find will vary according to who is selling what, but the sale usually includes a selection of gently-used:

  • Baby and children’s clothes and shoes for spring and summer
  • Toys and games
  • Nursery equipment
  • Maternity clothing
  • Kids’ costume and dress-up gear
  • Kids’ furniture and items such as strollers, car seats, high chairs, and cribs
  • Plus household items, electronics, books, CDs and DVDs

The Albuquerque Mother of Twins sale  features 85+ vendors offering gear for spring and summer, so there should be plenty to choose from. Best of all, admission is FREE!

The fundraiser also includes a bake sale selling items like breakfast burritos, nachos, frito pie, hot dogs, fruit, and baked goods.

The Albuquerque Mother of Twins garage sale fundraiser is held whatever the weather.

  • When: Saturday March 23, 2013
  • Time: 7:30 am – 2 pm
  • Where: Montgomery Church of Christ, 7201 Montgomery Boulevard NE
  • Price: Admission is free

The Albuquerque Mothers of Twins Club is a non-profit organization.

–Tania

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North Fourth Street Holiday Stop and Shop

November 30, 2012 by  
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Albuquerque’s Antique Mile and a host of other stores along North Fourth Street roll out their holiday shopping event on December 1-2 in the Village of Los Ranchos. Lots of freebies and discounts, too!

The North Fourth Street Holiday Stop & Shop 2012 is yet another shopping opportunity this weekend, on December 1 from 10 am – 5:30 pm and December 2 from noon – 5:30 pm. Expect refreshments or food samples in some stores, drawings for prizes, musical entertainment at the VSA North Fourth Arts Center, and discounts including:

  • 10% off poinsettias and live Christmas trees at Alameda Greenhouse
  • 50% off a set of wiper blades at Brown’s Automotive, a free light check, and a car show
  • Free cookie samples at Cravin’ Cookies and More
  • 20% off purchases at Plants of the Southwest
  • 20% off purchases over $50 at Clotheshorse Carousel
  • 25% off all items at Miyagi’s antiques and gifts shop

How’s that for variety? There are more specials – see the full list of what’s happening at the North Fourth Street Holiday Stop and Shop participating businesses here and here.

–Tania

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Holiday Ole & BOGO Free Ticket Deal

November 6, 2012 by  
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Junior League of Albuquerque Holiday OleEvery year, the Junior League of Albuquerque hosts the Holiday Olé festive shopping extravaganza. The good news is: you can get
two Holiday Ole tickets for the price of one at the link if you purchase tickets in a limited time deal. The better news: proceeds benefit local charities.

I was just about to write a post about the 2012 Junior League of Albuquerque Holiday Olé on Sunday November 18, when I spotted this two Holiday Ole ticket deal – oh serendipity! Especially as the regular ticket price has increased this year to $10 each so the Living Social offer to get two tickets for the price of one is a no-brainer at $10 for two tickets or $20 for four tickets.

More than four people going holiday shopping? It’s fine to buy multiple sets of tickets, although of course that works better if you have an even number in your party, as the half price tickets are sold in pairs.

Holiday Ole is on Sunday, November 18 at Hotel Albuquerque, and usually features all kinds of artsy craftsy stuff, toys, jewelry, cosmetics, and other gifts and Christmas stocking stuffers from Albuquerque retailers. Shop Olé runs from 11 am to 4 pm, and Bebe Olé is from 2 pm to 5 pm, with Santa Claus and holiday activities.

Regular priced tickets are $10 if you miss the current BOGO free ticket deal, and tots under age 2 go free.

Holiday Ole will also hold a brunch with a guest panel at 10 am, and tickets for that (available from the Junior League of Albuquerque website) cost $50, which includes admission to shopping and Santa too, and brunch tix must be purchased in advance as none will be available at the door. No deals on brunch – sorry! :-)

Junior League of Albuquerque Holiday Olé 2012 will be held:

    • When:  Sunday November 18
    • Time:  Shopping from 11 am to 4 pm, and Bebe Olé with Santa from 2 pm to 5 pm.
    • Where: Hotel Albuquerque
    • Price: $10 regular admission, or nab the limited time Living Social Deal for 2 tickets for $10 or 4 tickets for $20. Free admission for kids aged under 2.

Hotel Albuquerque is located just north of Old Town at 800 Rio Grande Boulevard NW

–Tania FYI:  I’ve given my Living Social affiliate link.

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Albuquerque Mothers of Twins Sale: Cheap Kids’ Clothes and Toys

September 25, 2012 by  
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Albuquerque Mother of Twins ClubAlbuquerque moms (and dads!) can shop for cheap children’s and baby clothing  on Saturday September 29, 2012, plus maternity items, toys, electronics, costumes, nursery equipment, furniture and more in this massive fall garage sale.

Savvy parents know better than to pay full price for clothes the kids quickly outgrow. That’s why these types of children’s consignment sales have become so popular…  save dollars, recycle perfectly good clothes to a new family, and, let’s face it, it’s just fun to rummage around in search of a deal!

You can shop the Albuquerque Mothers of Twins Club garage sale on Saturday, September 29, for gently used: 

  • Baby and children’s clothes and shoes for fall and winter
  • Toys and games
  • Nursery equipment
  • Maternity clothing
  • Kids’ costume and dress-up gear
  • Kids’ furniture and items such as strollers, car seats, high chairs, and cribs
  • Plus household items, electronics, books, CDs and DVDs

The Albuquerque Mother of Twins sale  features 85+ vendors offering gear for spring and summer, so there should be plenty to choose from. Best of all, admission is FREE!

The fundraiser also includes a bake sale selling items like breakfast burritos, nachos, frito pie, hot dogs, fruit, and baked goods.

The Albuquerque Mother of Twins garage sale fundraiser is held whatever the weather.

  • When: Saturday September 29, 2012
  • Time: 7:30 am – 2 pm  
  • Where: Montgomery Church of Christ, 7201 Montgomery Blvd NE
  • Price: Admission is free

The Albuquerque Mothers of Twins Club is a non profit organization.

–Tania

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Dine Out for No Kid Hungry

September 17, 2012 by  
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Restaurant coupons and perks for diners in September 2012 – help yourself at the same time as helping kids!

The Dine Out for No Kid Hungry program is part of the No Kid Hungry campaign to help end childhood hunger in America. Restaurants have teamed up for the cause with special offers to encourage donations this month of September 2012.   Some restaurants are making donations when diners eat there but don’t offer any perks to the customer (aside from feeling good about yourself!) However, if you make donations at the places below you get coupons or freebies as a thank you, so you’ll help yourself as well as helping kids!

Most of the promos below run until September 29, 2012, and a few are until September 21. Some are indicated only at the specified locations.   These are the Albuquerque and Rio Rancho area restaurants at time of writing:

  • Arby’s 2401 12th Street NW location:Donate $1 and get a coupon for one free Value Menu item with the purchase of a sandwich, until September 29.
  • Pita Pit (2106 Central Avenue SE):  Make a $1 or more donation and receive a $1 Pita Pit coupon for your next visit, until September 29.
  • Dennys (various locations):  Donate $3 and get a $5 Denny’s coupon book, until September 29.
  • Fuddruckers: Donate $1, $3, or $5 and receive a Fuddruckers coupon. The promo runs until September 29 at the Fuddruckers Pan American Freeway, Menaul NE, and Yale SE locations.
  • Furr’s Fresh Buffet and Furr’s Buffet: Donate $2 and get a  $1 off coupon for your next visit, or donate $5 and receive a coupon for a free pie. The promo is at the Iliff NW, Wyoming NE, and San Mateo NE locations until September 21.
  • Rio Rancho Applebees (4100 Ridge Rock Rd): Make a $2 minimum donation and get a free kids meal or free appetizer on your next visit, to September 21.
  • Romano’s Macaroni Grill (2100 Lousiana NE): Donate $2 or more and receive a Macaroni Grill $5 off coupon for your next visit, to September 29.

See the full list of participating Dine Out for No Kid Hungry restaurants, searchable by zip code. 

— Tania. Thanks to Teresa at Miami on the Cheap for telling us about the No Kid Hungry fundraiser!

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Tamarind Institute: Fine Art at A Bargain Price

September 10, 2012 by  
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Buying art on a budget? Here’s a chance to buy some beautiful art at $200, including works that could be worth much more!  Plus admission to a Tamarind Institute event.  Buy soon, there’s a limited quantity available.

This is such a great idea for a fundraiser. Tamarind Institute’s Win/Win Lottery works like this: One hundred tickets are sold to the Win/Win Lottery event on October 21, 2012.  Tickets cost $200 each, including admission and a lottery ticket. When you turn up to the event, you draw a number. The number drawn decides which order everyone gets to choose the work of art they want from the 100 pieces available.

Whatever number you draw, and whatever artwork you walk home with, you can’t lose. Works in this lottery can be valued from the hundreds into the thousands.  There are some great artists donating their art to the lottery, including Jim Dine, Hung Liu, Laurent DeBrunhoff, Jean Baptiste Apuatimi, Emmi Whitehorse, Roberto Juarez, Doug West, Nikolai L’Vovich Voronkov, Richard Hogan… and a lot more. See all the art prizes in the Tamarind Win/Win Lottery event.

The Win/Win Lottery event includes wine and hors d’ oeuvres.

  • When: Sunday October 21, 2012
  • Time: 5 – 7:30 pm
  • Where: Richard Levy Gallery, Downtown at 514 Central Avenue SW

Tickets have just gone on sale, but if art-lovers have any sense, they won’t be available for long.  Contact Tamarind Institute (505-277-3901) to buy lottery tickets.

If you just want to go to the Lottery event (without having an actual lottery ticket) it’s $50 for admission.

–Tania

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Habitat For Humanity Chile Festival

August 23, 2012 by  
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The 15th Annual Chile Festival is a fundraiser for Greater Albuquerque Habitat for Humanity, and admission is free!

The Habitat for Humanity Chile Festival 2012 takes place on August 25-26, with chile roasting, live entertainment, craft vendors sellings their wares from soaps to jewelry, a bake sale, plus books, videos and plants for sale, a silent auction, and kids’ activities including a puppet show. 

The Chile Fest entertainment schedule includes the Albuquerque All Stars Dance Club, Young at Heart Choir, Route 66 Revelers, guitarist DJ Armijo, and Austin and the Rattlers.

As it’s a benefit (and they need to raise money at the free event!) they’ll also have the raffle for the Habi-tot Playhouse (looks super-cute). The drawing is on Sunday at 3:30, although you can buy raffle tickets in advance and don’t have to be present to win. Other raffles are available to win an iPod, a $200 gas card, or a Smith’s grocery $300 gift card.

Habitat for Humanity Chile Festival:

When:  August 25-26, 2012

Time:  Saturday August 25 from 9 am to 4 pm, and Sunday August 26th from 11 am to 4 pm

Where:  1801 Montano Road NW at Shepherd of the Valley Presbyterian Church.

Price:  Admission is free!

And don’t forget about the Habitat for Humanity ReStore when you’re looking for a bargin on new and used building materials or home decor and furniture, and other items from windows and cabinets to appliances in good working condition. The store is open 9 am – 5 pm on Tuesday through Saturday, at 200 San Mateo SE.

–Tania

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