Boasting 5,000 square feet of bargain shopping heaven, Itsy Bitsy Thrifty is Boston’s biggest kids consignment sale—and your Totally Awesome pick for best kids consignment. Featuring a humongous selection of discounted brand name clothing, baby gear, toys, books, and much more, this seasonal spring-up shop draws a crowd for a reason! Founders Ann Marie Palmer and James Fedas recently summed up what makes this sale such a hit, how they balance business and parenthood, and more. Read on:
Red Tricycle: Congratulations! Your community recently voted you “Most Awesome.” What do you think your customers value most about your business?
Ann Marie Palmer & James Fedas: Our customers love that we are down to earth, accessible and fun! And most importantly that we give back to the community that we work in.
RT: What inspired you to start your business?
AMP & JF: We were excited by the prospect of being able to find new homes for gently loved toys, clothing and baby gear and giving other families the opportunity to make a little extra cash for whatever they need next!
RT: Any advice for new business owners just getting started?
AMP & JF: Do your homework and be ambitious! Turn your “Someday…” into “Right Now!”
RT: Can you give us one tip for balancing entrepreneurship with parenthood?
AMP & JF: Keep the kids involved! Running a business is no easy task, especially when you’re also running a household. We get the kids involved and let them help! Whether it be drawing our next advertisement layout (in crayon, of course)or helping to organize items for our next event (a.k.a. “testing” all of the toys) making them feel like they are a part of what we’re doing makes them feel included instead of slighted by the fact that you are working.
RT: What is your proudest moment as a business owner or parent?
AMP & JF: The thing we are most proud of is what we can give back at the end of each event to a local charity that helps kids in need. That makes all the effort worth it!