It’s the season for affordable snowsuits
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.
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