Children grow up fast, despite science's best attempts to weigh them down with apple-filled backpacks and bronze shoes. Accommodate growing kids with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of children's or maternity clothing, games, furniture, and baby gear at Gently Loved Baby in Salem, New Hampshire.
Gently Loved Baby buys and resells gently used wearables, playthings, and nursery accouterments, helping families conserve space, money, and the environment. Rather than toting a Charlie Chaplin marionette to celebrity ice-cream tastings, parents can bring real-live sons in pint-sized tuxedos ($35–$40, sizes 1–8). A little girl will flutter with delight when a fairy throw pillow sprinkles across a Laura Ashley quilt, pillowcase, and twin sheets ($35 for set). The shop’s stable of Razor scooters ($12–$35) encourages tykes to play outside, and its corral of rocking horses ($15–$40) helps families gallop indoors without rousing the spirit of their polar-bear rug.
In addition to stocking a fresh lineup of gently used kids’ items each day, Gently Loved Baby carries maternity clothing and a variety of new merchandise, including bibs, hats, and customizable hair bows made by local artists. Shoppers seeking hard-to-find goods can enlist the store’s wish registry, which uses a palm-reading cyborg to match incoming items with their future owners. Sip complimentary coffee as wee ones hit the playroom and enjoy monthly activities such as crafts and cupcake decorating.
Gently Loved Baby’s inventory changes daily. Call or visit the store for the most up-to-date information about what’s in stock.