(May 15, 2015) Ocean Pines resident Kristin Johnson has taken over ownership of Kids Resale in West Ocean City, adding a strong social media presence on Facebook and offering consistent hours for customers to shop.
“Owning a Kids Resale store has always been my dream ever since he [her nine-year-old son] was little,” Johnson said. “Buying baby stuff is a passion of mine and I have a knack for it.”
The store gives families the opportunity to buy and sell children’s items at affordable prices.
New and gently used children’s clothing, shoes and accessories from newborn to size 10 can be sold or purchased at the store.
Baby gear including toys, bassinets, walkers, jumperoos, exersaucers, strollers, highchairs, pack-n-plays, games, books, movies, furniture and décor are all items that can be found at Kids Resale or they will buy in good condition.
Only cribs, used car seats and stuffed animals are not accepted.
Baby and kid items can be dropped off during normal business hours or customers can set up an appointment. Johnson will call when a price for the items are determined and people can choose cash or receive 20 percent more in store credit.
“Baby clothes are worn for a month at most,” Johnson said. “Kids Resale has nice clothes at affordable prices where shoppers are receiving 50 to 70 percent, if not more, off of retail.”
The store was opened in 2013 by former owner Vanessa Alban, who, at the beginning of April decided to move on from the store.
A Facebook post from April 4 let the community know Alban would be closing the store by month’s end.
She ended her post with, “I would love nothing more than to hand the shop over to another local mom, if anyone is interested let me know.”
Luckily, Johnson saw the Facebook post and her first thought was there was no way she could do it. After finding out the logistics and realizing it would be a smooth transfer, Johnson agreed to take over the consignment store with the help of her mother.
Kids Resale was closed for two weeks and on April 24, Johnson celebrated a grand re-opening of the store.
She is constantly posting pictures to Facebook of her inventory including new items, interesting stuff and pieces people are looking for.
Kids Resale is open Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. Johnson is flexible with her hours and appointments can be made for Sunday, Monday or a different time to shop or sell by calling the store at 443-235-0943. Search for ‘Kids Resale West Ocean City’ on Facebook for updates and pictures. The store is located on the corner of 611 and Ocean Gateway (Route 50), behind Pizza Tugos.