It’s the sea­son for af­ford­able snow­suits

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Reina Mé­nard knew that she would be meet­ing a de­mand when she opened her Kid’z Closet Sec­ond Hand Cloth­ing four years ago.

The shop at 13 Main St. North, Alexan­dria has been a mag­net for shop­pers since Mrs. Mé­nard opened it to com­ple­ment her florist busi­ness.

“I have had more peo­ple here in the last four years than I had in the 30 years I sold flow­ers,” com­ments Mrs. Mé­nard.

While she still sells flow­ers, Kid’z Closet dom­i­nates the space.

Skates ga­lore

A re­frig­er­ated flower case has been con­verted into a dis­play area for skates. “I think I have 500 pairs.”

They epit­o­mize the rea­son for the store’s suc­cess. “New skates are ex­pen­sive. Chil­dren will out­grow them in a lit­tle while or they may only use them once or twice. I sell a lot of skates.”

Low prices and the huge se­lec­tion at­tract cus­tomers from the im­me­di­ate area, as well as peo­ple from Hawkes­bury, L’Orig­nal, Ste-Jus­tine, and StZo­tique.

“I am busy,” says Mrs. Mé­nard. “It is a lot of work. You need to be or­ga­nized,” she adds, sur­vey­ing her ar­ray of new and used clothes, toys, baby ac­ces­sories, and books.

Some sea­sonal items fly off the shelves. “I sold 15 snow­suits in one week.”

In ad­di­tion to buy­ing gar­ments for them­selves and their chil­dren, “Some peo­ple come and buy baby shower gifts here.”

HOT BAR­GAINS: Alexan­dria. Reina Mé­nard has rarely had a quiet mo­ment at her Kid’z Closet in

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