Of course the Thrifty Snicker loves children; she just can’t eat a whole one. Darlings, she’s only kidding and like you, has several adorable moppets on her gift list this Christmas. The quickest and thriftiest way to check off those holiday shopping tasks is to head over to the Pumpkin Patch Children’s Store on West Anderson Lane.
Pumpkin Patch is a charming resale store with everything you need from the moment that plus sign appears on the stick to the time you drop off junior at kindergarten. Gently used, good quality clothes, toys, equipment, gifts, furniture, and maternity wear are nicely displayed in this clean, spacious store. And when you think about it, resale was invented for children! If grandma’s springing for the good stuff, and baby uses it for about as long as it takes to put together a good paella before it’s outgrown, why not pass it off to other offspring and make a bit of money in the process?
Although children are expected to be well-behaved and accompanied by a responsible adult, (the sign on the door notes that naughty children will be given an espresso and a puppy) Pumpkin Patch is plenty child-friendly and there’s enough low lying toys and goodies to keep the kiddos entertained for a few minutes and even a special toy area that may be visited along with an adult. Friendly store staff are on hand to welcome everyone regardless of age.
There’s just nothing cuter than little bitty adult-style shoes and The Thriftstress was charmed by the girls Timberline boots for $14.99 and the toddlers Converse sneakers for $12.99. A quick internet search identified the retail price for both – $60 and $27. A Carters 12M pair of sweat pants and a Carters girls zip up jacket were both $4.99. A handsome cool weather Nautica 2T boys sweater was priced at $9.99 and for $5.99 could get your sugar baby Carters footed PJs in size 4T. As you might expect, right now there’s plenty of Christmas-themed garments for holiday pics and parties. And just in case you were in the market for a chicken costume for your chick, one of those just happened to be available for the chicken feed price of $15.99.
Since babies, once stylishly dressed, have to be put somewhere, there was the Fisher Price Nature Touch Cradle Swing priced at $59, and the Angel Line Crib priced at $269. During a recent visit a cute couple with a wee one in the stroller were debating the merits of two different playpen options. There are plenty of car seats, strollers, swings and cribs and for older youngsters there are big boy / big girl beds and a row of nice bicycles outside on the sidewalk.
The Pumpkin Patch doesn’t forget about mommies-to-be with two big racks of maternity wear – most in the $9.99 to $12.99 range. A very stylish Mimi Maternity two-piece lounge set was priced at $9.99.
A word about resale….it’s easy to get one’s bargain-sniffing nose out of joint when offered mere pennies on the dollar for a quality item or worse, be turned down flat. Keep in mind that the profit margin on those adorable Dickies coveralls is very low in the best of circumstances and it may be that the store has all the denim it needs at that particular time. Then there are seasonal considerations. What with the Diva of Discount’s weather app showing 37 degrees, you’re probably not going to get a nibble on that organic cotton Hello, Kitty romper regardless of retail. However, The Thriftstress struck up a parking lot conversation with a woman leaving with most of what she had brought in but who was not the least bit concerned. She shared that while they hadn’t taken as much that day as they typically do, she knows that it depends on many things and doesn’t take it personally.
Liz, Misty and Angie were on hand during the Thrift-miester’s last visit and couldn’t have been more helpful. Liz gave the lowdown on the store’s history – it was started by Matt and Michelle back 1997 after the birth of their twins. Although the babies are now grown, in fact Liz served as the wedding coordinator for one of the girls just a few months ago, the store’s loyal customer base has kept it a viable business and a second south location can be found at South Lamar and Ben White. The website, www.pumpkinpatchresale.com, offers plenty of useful information including upcoming in-store activities and a link to the Consumer Products Safety Commission recall alert site. The Pumpkin Patch is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Employees will be happy to look at things you’re interested in selling (consignments are not accepted), Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
To make good use of your time and money you can also shop Play it Again Sports, just a couple of doors down from Pumpkin Patch in the Hillside Center at West Anderson and Rockwood Lane. The “Kids Resale” shopping center sign makes things a bit confusing the first time but if you see Mr. Gatti’s Pizza or Oreck Vacuum you’ve come to the right place.
As much as it pains the Discount Diva to admit it, she doesn’t know everything thrift. What are your favorite places and best bargains?
Until the next find!
The Thrifty Snicker