New consignment shop fills a niche

Friday December 7, 2012

BENNINGTON -- A new consignment shop on Main Street aims to cater towards a specific clientele, those in need of children's clothing.

Jamie Lane, owner of Here We Grow, said she has been open for about a month now and deals in everything related to children except stuffed animals.

Lane, who lives in Arlington, said she had been working on her business plan for about a year, deciding it was time to put her business associate's degree to work. She said she got the idea for a consignment shop centered around child needs when she and many of her friends were in the market for such things themselves. Lane said she has two young boys, ages two and a half and six, who helped serve as inspiration for the store.

She said she will take in and sell anything connected to children. Clothes, from newborn size up to size 14, shoes, toys, strollers, and even maternity clothing she will set the price for and give the person who drops it off 40 percent of the sale. She said people can drop off five items per week and once per month can check to see if it sold. She said after about 60 days the item gets donated.

Lane said she opened the week before Halloween. The timing wasn't planned, but turned out to be fortuitous as many parents came by Main Street toting small, costumed children. She said she had been eyeing a number of locations but her spot between Merchant's Bank and Madison Brewing Company turned out to be the right size and price. "I thought Main Street would be a good place mainly because there is a lot of foot traffic," she said.

Lane said she is currently open Monday through Saturday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lane said she is the only full time employee and only has one part-time position to back her up, so in the future she may close on Sundays. She said so far business seems to be going well and she is in the process of figuring out which days are the busiest.

Lane said she was able to take advantage of the services offered by Brian DeClue, business advisor for the Vermont Small Business Development Center, to help get her business plan written. Lane said the program DeClue is part of offers classes as well as one-on-one help.

-- Keith Whitcomb Jr.


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