A new consignment boutique in New Milford caters to pregnant moms and kids, with a goal to offer a positive shopping experience at affordable prices.

Carousel Kidsignment Boutique at 146 Danbury Road (Route 7 South) opened in early June.

Owners Chris Kopp and Abigail Downes know the importance of outfitting kids. The couple has three small children of their own: Colten, 5; and his twin brothers, Barrett and Graydon, aged 2.

“We wanted to improve the experience for consigners as well as shoppers,” Kopp said. “We met and married in Alexandria, Va. And when we lived there, shopping consignment was our way of life.”

Now living in Sherman, Kopp and Downes found thrift and consignment shopping in the area often required spending hours going through racks and shelves of clothing to find a quality outfit for one of their boys. They decided to open their own shop by following the models they were use to in Virginia.

The shop is welcoming, spacious and bright.

A carousel mural adorns one wall and circular racks of children’s outfits are spaciously arranged on the shopping floor. Hand appliqued T-shirts for tots can be personalized with children’s names. A basket of shoes and booties sets next to baskets of toys.

The shop offers clothing and footware for boys and girls from newborn to age 6. Only gently used or new, and often never opened, items are accepted. Everything is organized by gender and size. Clothing for pregnant moms, a Comfy Comfort pregnancy pillow, and more offer something for the mom-to-be.

“We carry (new) cloth diapers at half the price of purchasing them online,” Kopp said. “When we had the twins, my wife convinced me we should buy cloth and it’s saved us probably $2,000 over the last two years not buying disposables.”

Kopp noted kids grow out of clothes quickly. When their little, it’s the time you can dress them in cute styles that are fun, he said. Carousel Kidsignment offers just that variety of clothing and gear.

The basic consignment rate is 40/60, or 50/50 if store credit is taken.

Consigners can manage their items sales online in real time, with updates posted on in-store items, what has sold, and the account balance.

The shop’s grand opening will be Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

A magician, puppet show, story time and balloon animals will comprise the day. A craft table will offer the opportunity to create a Fourth of July T-shirt for little ones, complete with a child’s hand print for $5. Admission will be free.

Store hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon to 7 p.m., Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sundays from noon to 3 p.m.

For more information, call 860-946-0594 or visit www.carousel


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