Once Upon a Child is a kid-friendly marketplace where parents can buy and sell gently used children’s apparel, toys, equipment, and furniture. Each store recruits a team of buyers that carefully reviews potential merchandise and ensures that every item that goes on sale meets the store’s high standards for style, safety, and resale condition. To ensure the safety of customers’ little ones, the team stays up to date on the latest merchandise recalls and pores over each item with oversized magnifying glasses. As the beneficiaries of all this hard work, shoppers peruse brand-name merchandise sold at up to 70% off retail. Popular brands include Fisher-Price and Evenflo, and clothes boasting labels from Abercrombie, Levi’s, and Carters range in sizes from babies through girls’ size 16 and boys’ size 20.
Plato’s Closet curates a collection of gently used name-brand apparel, incentivizing their customers to bring in their own quality used clothing for cash. Each week, the staff pores over piles of clothing and accessories in search of young and on-trend sweaters, dresses, shorts, and hazmat suits from such brands as Hollister, Abercrombie, Steve Madden, J.Crew, Guess, and American Eagle. After picking out the best clothes and accessories, the staff reshelves items, priced at up to 70% off their retail value. The style-savvy staff aims to keep the shop’s stock in line with current trends and classic fashion statements, generally choosing only pieces that are 12–18 months old. Most of the available apparel comes in sizes 0–16 for women and waist size 28–40 for men.
At Complete Nutrition, certified personal trainers, strength coaches, and other fitness professionals steer customers toward leaner pastures with proper supplements and vitamins such as Rebuild, CTS360, and Complete Woman. Rather than simply handing off bottles of pills, staff members help customers understand what makes a regimen effective as well as what types of meals and supplements pair well with their plan. Complete Nutrition also works with health-care providers, nutritionists, and chemists to develop its own exclusive line of formulas and supplements. The three Triangle branches collaborate with a variety of local North Carolina athletic and wellness organizations, including Carolina Railhawks and D1 Sports Training and Therapy.
America’s Mattress of the Carolinas' show rooms brim with plush, pillow-top, and memory-foam mattresses that vary in firmness and coil structure to help any sleeper find a match. The staff invites clients to try out a nap or enchanted slumber upon one of the store's own brand of budget-friendly mattresses. The selection also includes Tempur-Pedic models and Serta models, such as the iComfort with gel-infused memory foam.
To accessorize their purchases, clients can peruse a selection of bedroom furnishings, memory-foam pillows, and mattress protectors that seal in a mattress's naturally smoky flavor. Clients can enlist the store's staff to help haul away old bedding and set up new purchases.
Each day, the bookkeepers at the two Mr. Mike's Used Books stores shelve hundreds of new titles. They procure many of their titles through customer sales, resulting in a constantly changing spread of bestsellers, eclectic titles, and forgotten gems. Titles range in genre and style with nonfiction African American tomes facing young-adult tales and westerns secretly pining for the damsels on nearby romance novel covers. Books start at just $0.99 to help people stock up before heading back to school or shipping off to a tropical island where they may only bring three items.
From polished and sophisticated wedding invitations to quirky and whimsical greeting cards, InvitationBox gives every piece of mail its own distinct voice. Part of that is due to its diverse roster of designers, whose work encapsulates all parts of the aesthetic and tonal spectrum: fashionable, formal, sassy, simple, and memorable. Factor in engraved, letterpress, and raised-text printing options, as well as crystal-shimmer or postconsumer-recycled paper, and you have customized cards and invitations with enough personality to charm a jury-duty summons into asking a bit more nicely.
InvitationBox’s versatile designs account for all sorts of events and occasions. Wedding invitations announce themselves with elegant visual fields and tasteful lettering, while birthday-party invitations, baby announcements, and holiday cards speak with a playful tone and a tasteful appearance. InvitationBox also stocks cards for religious and nonsecular holidays and offers accessories such as embossers, self-inking stamps, and gifts.