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 $10, you get $20 worth of merchandise at Twinkle Twinkle Little Store.
Family owned and community minded, Twinkle Twinkle Little Store houses a handpicked selection of clean, gently used children’s clothing, shoes, and accessories, with its staffers eschewing any recalled, damaged, or stained items. Cherubs up to size 16 can accumulate a fashionable pintsize wardrobe with shoes ($1+) perfect for backyard romps or Sadie Hawkins slow dances. Bouncers ($10) and swings ($35) safeguard stay-at-home toddlers, and car seats ($30) keep on-the-go infants safely buckled up during errands to the year 1955. As parents shop, kids are entertained by a castle-themed indoor playground populated by a small trampoline, slide, and plastic steed adept at galloping in place.
Twinkle Twinkle Little Store
Inside the 8,000-square-foot location, the staff of Twinkle Twinkle Little Store organizes a collection of gently used, clean children’s gear, from clothing and strollers to books and bassinets. As a consignment shop, they only sell and purchase items that have not been recalled, stained, ripped, or damaged in any way. Though brimming with toys and accessories, the shop is meticulously organized. A fleet of strollers, car seats, and cribs stands in neat rows, and a book nook displays their library beside comfortable reading chairs. As parents browse, kids can play on trampolines, slides, and other equipment in age-specific play zones.
The shop’s values encourage this parent- and kid-friendly style. Before opening the shop, owner Cheryl Courson had struggled to balance her corporate career with motherhood. Frustrated, she decided to create a store that makes life easier for moms. She staffs parents, who may bring their children to work, as well as pregnant moms, joking “their nesting organizational skills are excellent!” She also offers an hourly store-credit wage in return for simple volunteer tasks such as hanging clothing and teaching children about the themes of fatherhood in Ulysses. Regular donations to kid- and mom-centric local charities further root the store in the community.