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Kids Grow Like Weeds, New Store in Village to Help

The new children' resale boutique offers a variety of brands and prices.

They Grow Like Weeds…Yes, children do grow like weeds. Parents, how often have you bought clothing for your kids and in less than a month they have already grown out of them?

A new boutique in the Village Center is here to help.

They Grow Like Weeds, LLC opened on September 1 on 5676 Broad St.

Owner Diane Chilinski had thought of opening a children’ resale store since the birth of her six-year-old son.

“It’s a form of recycling,” Chilinski said. “Kids do grow out of clothes so quickly.”

Before entering the world of retail Chilinksi, who lives in Milwaukee, worked in the private nonprofit rehab working with disabled adults as senior management for 27 years.  Now she’s embarked on a new career change and says she loves every moment of it.

The “upscale children’s resale boutique” offers new and used children’ clothing, toys, books, baby gear, accessories, shoes/boots and more for infants and tweens. The store has over 4,000 pieces of clothing.

Chilinski said most parents try to sell their children’ outgrown clothes at a rummage sale or donate them. She’s trying to give parents an alternative by selling them to her. Parent then can buy their kids different new or used clothing.

“It’s a revolving type of process,” she said. “There are parents whose children only wear , Gap or Polo. Then there are parents in which regular brands are fine for them. “

The store has a variety of price levels. The cheapest item in the store is 95 cents for a book.  There are some fancier holiday dresses and high name styles as well.

Chilinski searched for the perfect location for two months. Greendale was her first choice.

“The Village is really great,” said Chilinski. “The neighboring businesses have been great. People have been really friendly and welcoming.”

The store is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Individuals interested in selling items to the store should call (414) 239-0600 to make an appointment.  Items need to be in excellent condition with no stains, current styles, and current season and have been freshly laundered.

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