‘They have great stuff’: Collingwood second-hand shop popular destination for parents

It pays to have a second-hand shop handy when you’ve got two little boys at home.

Ask Jill Mercer, who was at buying a round play seat for her four-month-old baby Hank.

“My first son Max didn’t like his ExerSaucer, so I brought it here and got a credit, which I’m using now to buy an ExerSaucer for my second son,” Mercer said.

“We’ve bought a lot of stuff here; my mom comes all the time. They have great stuff.”

After being in business for seven years in Wasaga Beach, owner Kim Blakeney moved the gently used children’s clothing shop to Collingwood three years ago.

Since the pandemic started, parents have been asked to bring in clothing and leave it until staff has had a chance to determine what they can or can’t sell. The parent is then invited back to the store to review what Little Labels will keep and see what their store credit or dollar amount will be, Blakeney said.

“We only accept one bin at a time, but there are people who roll up with these huge garbage bags and just tons and tons of stuff. Especially now … because they couldn’t do anything for two years almost,” she said. “We had to stop (accepting clothing) for just right now because we had to get caught up.”

Blakeney will accept fall and winter clothing again soon, she said, adding toys are not seasonal and she will usually accept them, except for bikes or wagons, which they can’t store at their Hurontario Street location over the winter.

“We get some really unique one-offs that don’t last long. As soon as we put them in the window or front of the store, they’re gone.”

Blakeney picked up an approximately three-foot-long white wooden boat that had been dropped off that morning.

“It’s a little rocking boat. People love the wood, maybe because it sometimes just reminds them of the old days. It will go fast — all the wooden toys do,” she said.

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