A new business is coming to Huxley, one that will offer quality children’s clothing and equipment, among other unique items.
Deanna Faubus and Jessica Leeds, both of Huxley, are opening The Growing Tree, a children’s consignment boutique. The boutique will be located in the former Wild Mulberry building, at 603 Highway 69, in Huxley’s Ballard Plaza. The shop is expected to open Dec. 3 of this year.
When Wild Mulberry closed, the landlord of the building asked Faubus and her husband, Billy, if they knew of anyone who would want to use the building. Faubus said it was actually her husband’s idea to start a children’s consignment shop because of all the young children and daycares in the area.
As it turns out, owning a business where people can donate and purchase used clothing has been a dream of the two women’s for quite some time. Faubus has wanted to open one ever since she was in high school. Leeds spent time helping in the consignment shop her mother owned when Leeds was growing up. Leeds even sold balloons out of the shop for a while.
“I guess it’s been a long, underlying desire of mine,” Leeds said of owning a consignment shop.
The boutique will offer children’s clothing, sizes 16 and under, as well as child equipment, youth sporting goods, toys, games and puzzles. Maternity clothing will also be accepted. Car seats, VHS videos, bike helmets and drop side cribs are among the list of items that will not be accepted. All donations must be in good condition and free of rips, stains or holes in order to be accepted. Consigners will receive a portion of the sales for any of their donated items that are sold.
The boutique will have a 90-day turn around on all donated items. After 90 days, the items will either be given back to the individual who donated them, or they will be given to the Ballard Clothing Pantry or a refugee mission in Des Moines. Leeds said they will communicate with the clothing pantry to see what items they need.
“We don’t want to give the pantry too much to handle,” Leeds said.
In addition to children’s items, the boutique will also feature work created by local designers. Leeds, who creates children’s items for her two children, said this will give local designers an outlet for their creations, in addition to any online sites they may use to sell them. Designers will also receive a portion of the sales for any of their creations that are sold.
Since the business’ opening was announced less than a month ago, donations are already pouring in, with more expected to come. The women hope community members will continue donating items throughout the year so the boutique can keep their inventory constantly flowing and changing.
Leeds said she hopes the store will become like Duck Worth Wearing in Ames, only on a smaller scale. Visually, she wants the store to be appealing and a fun place for both adults and children to come. The women hope to have a play zone in the boutique where children can play while the adults browse the store.
“I would love for it to be somewhere where people stop,” Leeds said.
Faubus said the boutique will give community members a chance to shop local, rather than going to a nearby city. Donating items at the boutique will also offer community members a chance to profit from their donations, without the hassle of having a garage sale.
“We do all the work for you; you just drop it off,” Faubus said.
Once the store is up and running, it will be open Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Until the store opens, donations are being accepted at B Fabulous BBQ in the Ballard Plaza, Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Make sure to include a name and phone number with all donated items. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit The Growing Tree’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/shopthegrowingtree.
Donate clothing to be entered in drawing
All consigners who donate clothing to The Growing Tree prior to Nov. 16 will be entered in a drawing to win an in-store shopping spree at The Growing Tree, as well as lunch from B Fabulous BBQ.
Donations can be dropped off at B Fabulous BBQ in the Ballard Plaza, Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Make sure to include a name and phone number with all donated items.