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Resale Ready

Whether purging your child’s closet or looking for new and gently-used clothes, toys and accessories, consignment bargains abound at the Children’s Orchard.

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Lindsay Morris
Posted
May 28, 2018

Kids … they outgrow stuff way too fast, and it seems like you can never keep up with all the clothes and shoes the little ones need. If you have money to go out and buy all new stuff for your growing tots, good for you. But for the rest of us, there’s the Children’s Orchard, an organized consignment children’s store at 101st Street and Memorial Drive in Tulsa, which offers kids clothing at up to 70 percent off retail prices.

Maybe you’ve been in a consignment store before and been scared away by chaos, disorganization and low-quality clothing. The atmosphere in the Children’s Orchard, however, is quite different. Owner Margie Quinlan says consignment stores have really stepped up their game in the last few years.

“At one point, secondhand stores were considered taboo, but now it’s considered ‘going green,’” she says.

Being a parent is hard enough. You don’t need a consignment store adding to the craziness that is your life. When you step into the Children’s Orchard, you don’t feel overwhelmed.

Even though it’s a relatively small store, all of the clothing is well organized by size, gender and color. Each item has a price tag on it that also indicates the size. Bright signs hang from the ceilings directing you to the items you’re looking for.

Children's Orchard owner Margie Quinlan says consignment stores have really stepped up their game in the last few years. (Photo: Chelsi Fisher)
Children's Orchard owner Margie Quinlan says consignment stores have really stepped up their game in the last few years. (Photo: Chelsi Fisher)

The Children’s Orchard is a national franchise, and the location in south Tulsa opened about 27 years ago. When you experience the high-quality customer service offered at the Children’s Orchard, you will see why they’ve been so successful. Quinlan or another staff member go out of their way to help each customer find exactly what he or she is looking for.

The Children’s Orchard isn’t just for buyers, though. When your closets are exploding with clothes that no longer fit your kiddos, it’s time to sell them and make some money.

The Children’s Orchard accepts clothing from 0 months to size 14, shoes, toys, diaper bags, strollers and more. The items should be gently used or new. “We like the items to be less than 4 years old, in good conditions and have no rips or discoloration,” Quinlan says.

The Children’s Orchard offers cash on the spot for items, or customers can choose a store gift card if they want to be paid 25 percent more. (And all the savvy moms say, “Yes, please.”)

The buying hours are a little more selective than the store hours listed at the end of this article. Buying hours are Monday through Friday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and Sunday 1-4 p.m. There is no buying on Saturdays.

When you experience the high-quality customer service offered at the Children’s Orchard, you will see why they’ve been so successful. (Photo: Chelsi Fisher)
When you experience the high-quality customer service offered at the Children’s Orchard, you will see why they’ve been so successful. (Photo: Chelsi Fisher)

The Children’s Orchard also offers a loyalty card. Customers get a punch on their card for every $10 they spend, and after 20 punches, they get 20 percent off a purchase.

Not everything at The Children’s Orchard is gently used. They also sell many new items, such as Melissa & Doug toys, Joovy baby equipment, boy bow ties and suspenders and girl hair bows. Quinlan purchases these items at below retail prices, so these are rare finds.

Even before entering the Children’s Orchard, you’ll be greeted by large items, such as strollers parked outside the store. Upon entering, you’ll find items like pack ‘n plays, toys, puzzles and more. Meander throughout the store, and you’ll discover adorable girls’ dresses, boys’ plaid shorts, diaper bags, DVDs, shoes and so much more.

The Children’s Orchard carries seasonal items as well. Currently, they are well equipped with swimwear and Fourth of July items. The store also participates in tax-free weekend for back to school.

Every two months, the staff changes out the color of tag on the items. They mark down prices on items until the items sell. If an item doesn’t sell, it becomes eligible for a “fill a bag” event, Quinlan says.

“About every six weeks, we hold a ‘fill a bag’ event where customers can put as many of these discounted items as they can fit for $6 or $7.”

The fill a bag events, as well as other store specials, are publicized on the Children’s Orchard’s Facebook page.

As if there weren’t already a ton of amazing deals offered at the Children’s Orchard, if customers check in on Facebook before their purchase, they receive $1 or 10 percent off their purchase — whatever amount is greater.

If items do not sell at the Children’s Orchard, they are donated to Emergency Infant Services in Tulsa. That’s just one more thing for consigners to feel good about.

The store also keeps a wish book list. If a customer comes in requesting an item the Children’s Orchard doesn’t have, they will make a note of the wish and contact the customer if the item becomes available.

LOCATOR
Children’s Orchard
7820 E. 101st St., Suite D | Tulsa
918-369-4642
childrensorchard.com/stores/tulsa-ok
Monday-Saturday: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sunday: 1-5 p.m.