Consignment shop: A solution to an ‘abundance of need’ | Top Story

BATAVIA — There came a time when Alisa Pastecki found herself stuck with too many baby clothes and kids’ clothes. Her solution? Open a consignment shop.

Now she has one in 56 Harvester Center — Thoughtful Kids Consignment.

The idea of starting the shop grew out of an “abundance of need,” primarily for herself and for a lot of friends that she has, Pastecki said Friday during a grand opening at her shop.

“I had just a ton of baby and kids’ clothes just collecting in my basement and I needed something to do with them. There was nowhere local to consign our clothes and there’s just not a ton of shopping opportunities here in Batavia,” she said. “Consigning was really the number one option and, when I didn’t find a local option, I created it myself.

“It’s just a way to get discounted, great-quality, high-quality brands between 50% and 70% off the retail price,” she said.

Pastecki said the consignment shop is helping the environment.

“These are all secondhand clothes because this is on consignment,” she said. “I moved in here probably about a month ago and opened up about three weeks ago as a soft opening.”

How many employees does Thoughtful Kids Consignment have? It’s just her, Pastecki says.

“I get, obviously, some help from my family and friends, but it’s just me working here at the store,” she said.

As of July 12, the shop’s hours for this upcoming week were: 2-6 p.m. Monday, 3-6 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. July 23, 2-6 p.m. July 25, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. July 29.

“The hours are kind of limited because I’m limited in what I can do, being a stay-at-home mom,”: she said. “I’m usually open Mondays, Fridays and every other Saturday. I’ll pop during the week. Just keep an eye on my social media because that’s always got updated hours — and my website.”

The shop’s Facebook page may be found at Thoughtful Kids Consignment, It is on Instagram at @tkconsign and the website is www.tkconsign.com.

She was in sales before and during COVID, the Thoughtful Kids Consignment owner said.

“I was a sales executive for a network engineering company (Rocnet Supply) out of Rochester,” Pastecki said. “And I actually did consignment, but for telecom companies across the U.S. and Canada. I was there for five years. Consignment was something I already had a background in, but on a much larger scale … I was there and then I was ‘off’ for two years, home with the kids during the pandemic.”

She laughed about just having described her situation as being “off.” “Being a stay-at-home mom is never off,” she mused.

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