Take everything you love about Portland resale favorite Beanstalk’s current location on 15th and Fremont and then imagine a much larger space, add a fairy-tale kids’ play area, throw in a fitting room or two and POOF! Introducing Beanstalk’s all-new location in the Montavilla neighborhood. Consignors, start cleaning out those closets. And shoppers, bring your holiday lists because you’re in for a resale shopper’s delight. Read on to see what we found when we took a look inside.
Beanstalk’s original location, founded in 2012, has been consistently successful and has become a resale favorite for families all over Portland. Opening with only 20 consignors, Beanstalk now boasts over 2,500 consignors with more joining all the time. Owner, Carmen Ripley Wilson, has always pictured having a second store and the new Montavilla location is a project over 2 years in the making. Once she found the space on Stark St., she opened the store’s second location just 8 weeks later.
photo: Beanstalk via Yelp
At three times the size of the Fremont location, there are quite a few luxuries that the large Montavilla space allows. Children’s sizes run all the way up to size 14, so parents can take advantage of resale prices even longer. A much larger play area and more space to move around in means that strollers can easily navigate between the merchandise and kiddies can hang out in the play area while parents leisurely shop. A separate room is dedicated entirely to the larger gear and accessories like strollers, portable cribs, high chairs and baby carriers. This extra space also has a fitting room that will soon host a diaper changing station and a seating area for parents to feed babies.
Additional bonuses to having a larger space include more of the locally-made items by Portland artists (i.e. the best baby shower gifts in town) and children’s events that will be held regularly in the store, including the ever-popular Micah and Me, who will be visiting every first Friday of the month. Keep an eye on Beanstalk’s Facebook page or events page on their website for updates.
photo: Marianne Walters
Consignors can expect the same fast and efficient system for selling items and earning credit that exists at the Fremont location. With a system that is “married” between the two stores, customers can consign, shop and cash out at either location, no matter where they drop off their goods. As usual, consignors are asked whether they would like to donate or pick up their items at the end of their consignment period. Those who want to pick up their items can choose to sell at one location or both. Those donating unsold items will have their goods sold at both stores, which gives them the broadest coverage and increases their chances of selling all of their items.
One more advantage to a larger space (and an exciting one for the Beanstalk staff) is an inventory receiving counter at the back of the store. They’re currently anticipating a need for rain gear, snow gear, holiday pajamas and toys that can be given as holiday gifts.
Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sun., 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Grand Opening Celebration
Sat., December 12
10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Activities will include folksongs and puppetry, face painting, balloon making, arts and crafts and a photo booth.
8021 SE Stark St.
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