New store solves prob­lem of un­wanted chil­dren’s clothes

Central Otago Mirror - - CENTRAL NEWS - By CHE BAKER

An Alexan­dra mother, un­sure what to do with her un­wanted chil­dren’s cloth­ing, is open­ing a pre-loved chil­dren’s cloth­ing store. Toot Kids Cloth­ing will open at 12.30pm in Tar­bert St to­day and will of­fer good qual­ity chil­dren’s cloth­ing. The idea was sparked by Kirsty Ve­len­ski af­ter she found her­self will a pile of out­grown chil­dren’s clothes that she did not want to give away and could not be both­ered load­ing on the in­ter­net to sell. The predica­ment was also how the slo­gan for the store was cre­ated – ‘‘ Too good to give away. No time for on­line auc­tion’’. A Toot Kids Cloth­ing Face­book page had al­most 100 likes within three days of be­ing set up last week and par­ents be­gan con­tact­ing Ms Ve­len­ski about hav­ing their un­wanted chil­dren’s cloth­ing sold for them. The con­cept was she would sell the cloth­ing at the store for them and take a cut of the sale. Stock for the store would range from new­born to size 12 for girls and boys and al­ready in­cluded de­signer la­bels such as Osh Kosh, Gap and Coun­try Road. The store was a great way to buy nice cloth­ing for chil­dren who were con­stantly grow­ing, Ms Ve­len­ski said. ‘‘I want to dress my kids beau­ti­fully but I don’t want to pay full prices,’’ she said. The store name was de­rived from Ms Ve­len­ski’s nick­name. When she was younger she could not pro­nounce the word cute, which would come out as toot, and it seemed suit­able for a name for the store, she said.

Archie Reid started at St Ger­ard’s School on May 13.

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