Win-win for the environment, for moms wanting to make some money on outgrown clothes items, and for new moms searching for clean, great condition clothes for their kids.
Photos by Robyn Thompson
How did you start your business? Why did you want your own business? When did you start your business?
I started my business, Little Monkey in February 2017, although there was a lot of prepping well before I opened the doors! I opened my store in a small space, not sure how much inventory I would be taking in and I wanted it to be manageable by myself, at least to start.
Why was owning a business a perfect situation for you and your family?
Opening a children’s store was my dream job and it became a reality when I got done at my previous job, managing a storage facility for 20 years and was looking for my next adventure!
What do you love best about working for yourself?
I have 3 children and a supportive husband and was fortunate in my previous job to have the flexibility of being around for my kids and staying local. Therefore opening my own store in the town we live in was what I was hoping for myself and my family. I have the flexibility to be a mom, my first job and run my business in our small town.
What does your shop specialize in?
Little Monkey has new and pre-loved children’s clothing, gear and accessories for children newborn up to size 10. I offer re-sale rather than consignment and offer store credit as an option.
Little Monkey also has some fun new toys, accessories, books, clothing up to size 5 and hand made items such as sweaters, hats, onesies, and bracelets made by local people.
What makes your store unique? What do you try to offer your customers?
I am a small store therefore I have to be picky what I take in, my used clothing is in like “new” condition that sell for a lot less. I have name brands that sell well like Mini Boden, Hanna Andersson, Tea, Janie and Jack, LL Bean and many more!
What is your success rate? What do you think customers would say about your work, shop?
I have met some really nice people and appreciate my customers that visit on a regular basis. Although I am still learning and figuring out aspects of the business I have gotten really good response from my customers on the way my shop looks and the high quality of my clothing. I have been fortunate with “word of mouth” for growing my business as advertising can be very costly.
Why do you think people should shop in your store, and why should they support moms who work for themselves?
My hope is that when people come to my shop they see a well organized, fun place to shop with high quality products. I want to be the place they stop to get that cute unique baby shower gift or their winter snow gear to outfit their little one at an affordable price.
Having 3 children of my own ranging from 5 years to 17 years I realized quickly how fast they grow! I have so many items come to me with the tags still on them, that just simply didn’t get worn. In this day of re-use and recycle I hope that people will check out my store and get great, cute things for their children without spending a fortune and shop locally.
What are your favorite items you sell?
Being a fan myself of children’s books I enjoy giving a cute book as a gift, which also makes a great keepsake. I offer new books with matching clothing that is a fun alternative to a toy.
It is hard to pick just one of my favorite items I sell because I love all things kid related but If I had to pick one it would probably be infant clothes that are unique, cute and comfortable.
How does your business allow you to be a great mother?
I love what I do and that makes “work” not feel like working at all! I am thankful to have my supportive family, friends and great people I have met through my new business behind me and look forward to what the future holds for “little Monkey”.