Westborough – Described as an “upscale resale” store, Children’s Orchard is a place where one can buy and sell gently used and new baby and children’s clothing, toys, accessories and equipment. The store also carries brand new toys and puzzles, including Melissa and Doug educational toys and children’s products, art supplies, baby shoes, jewelry, gift items and in the spring, brand new boys’ suits.
“We are not a consignment store,” owner and operator Debbie Intrieri said. “People can make an appointment to come in and show us what they want to sell. We consult with them about what we will pay for their items and pay them on the spot, with either cash or store credit. If people choose a store credit, they receive an additional 20 percent.”
Every item is checked for quality and cleanliness. Equipment and toys must be clean in order for the store to purchase them; however, those items are sanitized before being put out for resale. The store will not accept sheets or blankets unless they are brand new and does not purchase stuff ed animals. “We check every item carefully for quality and we check the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission website to be sure there are no recalls on any toys/equipment before accepting it for resale.”
As Children’s Orchard is celebrating 30 years in business, Debbie Intrieri and Keith Tetreault have owned and operated the Westborough store for a year and a half.
“We now have ‘Tuesday and Wednesday Walk-Ins,’ Intrieri said. “Usually people need an appointment about two weeks in advance to come in and sell items, but now on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., we have three buyers here so people can walk in without an appointment. We’ve had such a great response to this. We began with just Wednesday walk-ins and people love it so much, we’ve added Tuesdays.
Normally we do about six appointments each day but with the walk-ins, we do 18. We require sellers to stay in the store during the walk-in but it takes no more than 30 minutes, guaranteed.” The limit for the walk-in for clothing is two small white kitchen trash bags full and for toys or equipment, three or four pieces or a 15-gallon plastic tote.
“We’re constantly marking items down, sometimes as low as one dollar, to keep our inventory moving. We’re hanging spring and summer items every day now but there are still winter items out. We are currently buying spring and summer clothing, and will begin buying fall items in May and hanging them in July.”
“Children’s Orchard carries children’s sizes up to 14/16. We have brands like Hollister, Abercrombie, Gap, Ralph Lauren, and Gymboree, some still with original sales tags on, for very reasonable prices. Our clothing is up to 80 percent off big retail. I’m proud that this is a ‘green’ business where people can pick up some cash for items they no longer need and someone who needs them can buy good, inexpensive toys and clothes,” Intrieri said. “I meet so many people in the community and have an opportunity to give back. We were able to help some people from Haiti who are staying at a church in Worcester, with a donation of clothing.”
Children’s Orchard is located in Westborough Shopping Center, 18 Lyman St., Westborough. For more information call 508- 366-KIDS (5437) or visit www.childrensorchard.com.
Editor’s Note: the preceding is not an endorsement and is presented for informational purposes only.
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