Starting with the Richmond Type Map in 2010 ($40), over the past few years I’ve collected a number of Richmond-themed prints to adorn our walls; I love the visual punch they pack at an affordable price, and their connection to the place we call home, including supporting local artists and causes. (My unicorn, though, is to acquire one of those seasonal banners that hang on the lightposts downtown!)
If you’re a Richmonder decorating on a tight budget, here are some places to purchase prints and posters:
RVA Guides (pictured above) – A series of 6 posters, with three more to come in September, sponsored by the Richmond Association of Realtors, these 11″x17″ images are available for FREE download as a PDF. They are also printed on heavy cardstock and available for purchase at the RAR REALTOR® Store (8975 Three Chopt Rd). The 11×17 is $6 and the 24×36 is $8 (!). You can also customize items or purchase them ready to order from this CafePress storefront.
Richmond Outside – *Free shipping* through July 4 with code “July4″ ; 18″x24” posters are $15 and there are also pint glasses, notecards, t-shirts, and fine art prints. Some of the proceeds benefit RVA outdoor non-profits like the James River Association.
Richmond Magazine – Periodically releases Richmond-themed prints for $5, cash or check, available for purchase at the Richmond Magazine office (Stop by to see what they have available. 2201 W. Broad St., Suite 105)
Other good sources include Studio Two Three (3300 W. Clay St and online), Orange (3007 W Cary St) – they carry Justin Tran’s neighborhood prints that I love, among other Richmond-centric art -, and Etsy (I have the Lightbox Print Co. prints pictured above ($15 each), and avoided shipping by picking up locally. Find their website here)
P.S. Definitely NOT Richmond, but NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory released this cool “Visions of the Future” poster series that are free to download!
What are YOUR favorites?
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Local Libraries have reading progams and host lots of events too
Barnes & Noble Destination Imagination
Kids Skate Free
Are you making full use of your library? We borrow plenty of books and movies, but I know I don’t come close to utilizing the full spectrum of library offerings. Today I want to highlight a few of the fabulous digital options that are open to Henrico County Public Library cardholders (for free of course!)
— Digital Magazines through Zinio – Options include Better Homes & Gardens, bon appetit, Car & Driver, Cosmopolitan, dwell, The Economist, Everyday with Rachel Ray, Family Fun, National Geographic, and many more.
— Research Databases – Sounds boring right? But not. You can access Consumer Reports, Rosetta Stone (level 1 for 30 languages), Richmond Times-Dispatch, World Book Online and others all for free
*Any resident of Henrico, Richmond or Chesterfield may register for a Henrico County Library card – more info here.*
I happen to be most familiar with Henrico’s digital offerings, but other counties have them as well. For example:
Chime in with your favorite library resources!
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The Richmond Flying Squirrels baseball team announced its 2015 promotion schedule this week. The season opens April 9.
Start saving your McDonald’s receipts because BOGO Mondays will be back. There’s no mention of the Wash Em Down Wednesday drink specials, but there will be a happy hour at Friday night games. It also doesn’t specify the return of free Sunday admission for Kids Club members, but that will hopefully be promoted later 🙂 :
Fans are invited to bring a McDonald’s receipt to the box office for any of the Squirrels eight Monday games and receive a buy-one-get-one ticket offer.
Note that ticket prices will be increasing this year. General admission will cost $8 in advance and $9 at the gate, silver seats $10 in advance and $11 day of game, and field level is $12 in advance and $13 day of game.
Braved the pre-Christmas Short Pump traffic to check out the newest RVA Goodwill this week
First, where is the Short Pump Goodwill located? At 4200 Tom Leonard Drive, right behind… Tom Leonard’s Farmers Market. (It really doesn’t require much traffic braving to reach because you just turn right at the first traffic light after the ramp from I-64.)
Drive to the back of the parking lot to reach the drive-through donation center. (The parking lot sidewalk doesn’t connect all the way to the drive through, so it might be best to drive through for your donations, if you have them, before parking to shop)
There are two big rooms, the “Home Store” to the right when you enter, with housewares, books, furniture, and electronics:
And the main clothes, shoes, and accessory space:
It’s very spacious, lots of room around the aisles. Pricing is consistent with other area Goodwills ($4.99 for a women’s long-sleeve shirt), and items are sorted by category then color. In the connecting hallway at the back I spotted four dressing rooms, which seems like low capacity for a store this size.
Half-price “color or the week” sales will begin January 18-
The second-hand options in the Far West End are expanding:
At 9 a.m. this Thursday 12/11, Goodwill of Central Virginia will open its new Short Pump store next to Tom Leonard’s.
(4200 Tom Leonard Drive)
(Photo: Tickles & Giggles)
Welcome to the Fall 2014 edition of the Richmond children’s consignment sales list! Sales will be scattered August through October plus one or two in November, and I’ll update this list as additional ones announce their dates. A few notes on this list – Fancy Pants will be held at Eurotrash in Carytown for the first time, and Ring Around the Rosy’s and Kids Layne’s owners are stepping down from the biz.
As always, visit the websites if you’re interested in selling some of your kid stuff, or if you want to volunteer and benefit from the preview shopping hours. Pregnant ladies, new moms, and grandparents can sometimes shop preview sales as well; look for information on sale websites about registering in advance.
And now the list, in order by date:
Clean Closet – August 2-16 (West End)
August 2nd, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
August 3rd, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
August 8th, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
August 9th, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
August 10th, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
August 15th, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
50% Off Sale:
August 16th, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (marked items only)
Tickles & Giggles Children’s Consignment Sale – August 15-17 (Ashland)
Friday: 1pm to 8pm
Saturday: 8am to 6pm
50% Off Sale
Sunday: 8am to 2pm
Fancy Pants Richmond – August 26-28 (Carytown)
Tuesday, 8/26 5 – 7 p.m.
Wednesday, 8/27 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Thursday, 8/28 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. **50% off entire purchase**
Wednesday September 10 …. 9a to 8p
Thursday September 11 …. 9a to 8p
25% Off Sale:
Friday September 12 …. 9a to 8p
Saturday September 13 …. 8a to 2p
Mothers of Young Children Clothing and Toy Sale – September 13 (West End)
Public Sale: 8am to Noon
Christ Church Consignment Sale – September 20 (Short Pump)
7:30am – 4:00pm
Southside Mothers of Multiples Yard Sale – September 20 (Midlothian)
Public sale: 8am-11am
Threads Consignment Sale – September 25-October 4 (West End)
Brandermill Church Consignment Sale – September 27 (Midlothian)
Public Sale: 8am-11am
St. Andrew’s UMC Consignment Sale – September 27 (West End)
September 27 8am-12pm
September 27 1-3:30pm
Richmond Area Mothers of Multiples Yard Sale – October 4 (Mechanicsville)
Public Sale: 8-11am
Oakland Baptist Church Consignment Sale – October 2-4, October 11 (Gum Spring in Goochland Co)
Thursday October 2 – 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Friday October 3 – 6:30-8:30 p.m.
1/2 Price Sale
Saturday October 4 – 9am-Noon
Saturday October 11 – 9am-Noon
Sales that have not yet announced dates:
Monday’s Child Consignment Sale – (Chesterfield)
If you know about a sale I’m missing, please email me or add it to the comments!
My husband Brad and I aren’t big dinner daters – planning a babysitter and bedtime plus the cost of meals (and wine!) tend to deter us on all but the most special occasions
Last week we dropped the boys off with a friend and spent a morning exploring Byrd Park and Cary Street neighborhoods on foot. I have trouble walking and photographing simultaneously, but here are a few pictures from our journey:
So taking a walk in a new place isn’t exactly revolutionary, but don’t underestimate it in date value! You get exercise, conversation, and entertainment (all free), and see things about your city you miss when driving. (You still have to arrange childcare, but I’ve found that tends to be easier and/or cheaper during the day) With any luck or a little prior planning, you’ll run across a coffee shop, ice cream parlor, farmer’s market, or other establishment where you can grab a treat, too!
Obviously, walking WITH kids works great too (as long as yours aren’t in the awkward “too big for strollers, too tired for long-distances” stage like ours are). You need a sturdy stroller for non-walkers because city sidewalks tend to be uneven.
What walks do you recommend? What about your favorite cheap date?? (Comment here or on Facebook)
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With school finished for some and nearly done for the rest, it’s time for the 2014 master list of free and cheap things to do with kids around RVA this summer!
– Free Movies in the Park at Richmond parks on Friday nights
– 3 games of Free Bowling every weekday at AMF Lanes, with program registration
– Kids who join the Squirrel Tails Club get Free admission to Sunday Flying Squirrels games
– Summer Reading programs at local libraries encourage reading with events, rewards, giveaways & more! : Richmond City, Henrico County, Chesterfield County, Pamunkey Regional (Hanover, Ashland, Goochland)
What else? What are your plans for free family fun this summer?
Are you interested in learning more about the history of Richmond? Matthew contacted me with details about a free walking tour of RVA that he’ll be leading each week:
Richmond Tour Guys: Free walking tours of Richmond VA meet every Saturday and Sunday at 10:30 AM
The tour is free. No strings attached. Why free? Because our guides love history and sharing it via guided tours and hope that you enjoy the tour so much that you will tip them.
The tour includes stops at:
Tredegar Iron Works
A stroll across Brown’s Island
The former slave markets of Shockoe Bottom
Shockoe Hill which includes White House of the Confederacy, the Capital Building, and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
and several other stops in between.
The guide will provide insights to the buildings and to the city that will bring all of these sights to life! All you need to bring the sightseeing tour is curiosity, but you may find some water and sunscreen useful!
Matthew Maggy’s bio:
Matthew is the main tour guy. He has a passion for history and teaching. Having learned the art of guiding historical sight seeing tours in Spain, he desires to ply his trade of sharing interesting facts and giving context to buildings throughout his new adopted home of Richmond, Virginia.
Matthew is a traveler who enjoys reading books on history, volunteering, and locally brewed beer.