Category Archives: Discounts & Promotions

Used Book Sale at the J

Out of print children’s books, vintage piano scores, thrilling novels, coffee table art books, beautiful atlases, paperbacks for the beach, well-loved cookbooks, DVDs, and much more await you at the Jewish Community Center’s Used Book Sale, August 24-28, 2014, Staenberg Family Complex Arts & Education Building, 2 Millstone Campus Drive. Proceeds from the sale benefit the Roswell and Wilma Messing Cultural Arts and Education Department. “Bag Day” on the last day of the sale is quite a bargain, although sometimes the children’s books have already been well picked through.


Sunday, August 24, 2014, 10 am to 5 pm: Preview Day
$10/person (free for ages 16 and under)

Monday-Wednesday, August 25-27, 2014. 10 am to 7 pm
FREE admission

Thursday, August 28, 2014, 10 am to 4 pm
FREE admission. Bag Day (fill a provided bag for only $5).


Do you have books to donate to the sale? Books may be dropped off at the Jewish Community Center Arts & Education Building. Please limit drop off at this location to one box or less. You may also drop books off at H. F. Epstein Hebrew Academy located just minutes from the Jewish Community Center on 1138 Warson Road. All donors should report to the school office where you can meet with a building and grounds staff member who will assist you in unloading your books. Drop Off Hours at H.F. Epstein Hebrew Academy through August 15 are Monday through Friday: 9 am to 4 pm.


Photo: Jewish Community Center


Admission discounts to museums & more


Do you have a drawer or folder filled with membership cards to art museums, history museums, children’s museums, zoos, aquariums, and botanical gardens? If your workplace offers at matching gift program, have you had your donations matched and subsequently you have been bumped up to the next donor level with increased donor benefits?

If yes, you are sitting on a budget friendly way to visit museums and other cultural destinations throughout North America for free or at a discounted price. Many cultural institutions offer patrons who give at a certain level access to reciprocal admission programs of the North American Reciprocal Museums, the Association of Children’s Museums, and more.

Here’s how to discover your discounts:

1. Check your current membership of your local museum, zoo, aquarium, or botanical garden. At your donor level, are you eligible for any reciprocal benefits? This information can usually be found on your local cultural institution’s donor benefits web page or contact the organization’s development office.

2. If yes, visit one of these web sites to view the reciprocal admissions participants list and what kind of discounts are offered. Typically, organizations offer admission, gift shop, parking, audio guide, or tram tour discounts. Be sure to note any restrictions, especially for number of admissions, special exhibitions, and distance from your hometown.

* Association of Children’s Museums
* North American Reciprocal Museums
* Association of Science and Technology Centers (i.e. science related museums)
* Time Travelers Program: Reciprocal Benefits at History Museums
* American Horticultural Society Reciprocal Admissions Program
* Association of Zoos and Aquariums

3. Contact the cultural organization you plan on visiting to confirm reciprocal benefits.

4. Remember to bring your membership card with you on your trip.

5. Have fun exploring with your family!

6. Although you may have gotten in for free with your reciprocal benefit, consider making a small contribution, eat in the museum’s cafe, or buy something in the gift shop. Most of these nonprofits run a very tight ship administratively, so every penny counts in helping them thrive. Be sure to talk to your kids about the whys of donating.


Tea Collection Sale

Typically way overpriced, I am still in love with these kiddie clothes. Asian inspired, smartly designed, and holding a mighty power to endure way too many washings, Tea Collection clothes are very much worth the cost when their items are on sale. Plus resale stores often pay a premium for used Tea Collection clothes.

PROMOTION: Through July 1, 2010, take an additional 25% off sale items (use code: SALE25) + free shipping on all orders (no minimums). Offer ends Thursday, July 1, 2010 at 11:59 pm PST. No price adjustments on prior purchases.

Also, be sure to join Tea Collection on Facebook. They often have promotions only featured to Facebook fans (or “likes”).

Order quickly as popular preschooler sizes often sell out fast.