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. 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. 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.
When Margaret “Margie” Quinlan started working at the Children’s Orchard 16 years ago, little did she know she’d own the business.
“The previous owners were looking to relocate,” says Quinlan. Having come from a family of business owners, the idea of owning her own business appealed to her.
When her youngest daughter reached kindergarten, Quinlan started working at the Children’s Orchard to offset the financial obligations that came with raising six children and all the pricy gadgets and activities. And the flexible work schedule allowed her to be there for her children. Not to mention, she loved the idea of being green. “They outgrow their things before they outwear them,” says Quinlan.
As someone who shopped retail for her children, it made sense to buy the business and fulfill her dream of joining the family ranks as a business owner. And perhaps it’s her family approach to business that makes the Children’s Orchard stand out. One step inside the shop and you’ll not only see how unique the place is, but you’ll also sense the difference.
“We’re a small business that feels more like a comfortable home atmosphere,” says Quinlan, whose children have helped out in the store over the years. Currently, only two work in the shop as most of her children are grown. Now her grandchildren get to benefit from the store.
You may think the Children’s Orchard is just another consignment shop, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Unlike consignment stores, the Children’s Orchard pays cash upfront for their merchandise, and they have a 10-day return policy. Another thing that sets them apart is they offer store credit for the items that are accepted for resale. “You’re getting 25% more than the cash offer,” says Quinlan.
And they offer gift cards people can use to shop in the store. No matter how you look at it, customers who shop at the Children’s Orchard get more product for the money, which makes them very competitive, even with online shopping.
The Children’s Orchard prides itself on being an upscale resale shop. While they buy all brands, you can always find Gap, Polo, Nike, Levi’s, Under Armour, Destin, Matilda Jane, Miss Me, Hunter Rain, and Uggs in stock, and the inventory is never older than four years. At 70% off retail name brands, that’s hard to beat.
“The bonus of being a franchise is that we’re always up on current pricing,” says Quinlan, who says it takes the emotional attachment off the owners when giving up their favorite items. “Some people value their items above what they are worth because of the emotional attachment. Clothing is like a car. It depreciates.”
The Children’s Orchard also stays current on toys and equipment, especially when it comes to safety. They check for recalls, while other pop-up consignment shops may not be as diligent.
While they tend to get a lot of merchandise during the holidays, before school starts, and as the seasons change, they buy six days a week, so inventory is continually changing. Unlike other big consignment sales that happen a couple of times a year, the Children’s Orchard accepts clothing year-round and has the latest fashions for sale.
If there’s something they’re lacking, they can reach out on Facebook and Instagram for people to bring it in. Quinlan is confident customers will always find what they’re looking for, even those hard-to-find clothing items.
“Our reputation speaks for itself,” says Quinlan. “People get more bang for their buck.”
People not only come to the Children’s Orchard to buy retail, but they also come for new merchandise.
“We sell hair products, bows, bracelets, jewelry, and neckties,” says Quinlan. Merchandise tags can identify all new clothing.
“The conversation in resale has shifted,” says Quinlan. “Years ago it was about being green, and now it’s become more trendy. Still, it is more difficult for brick and mortar retail stores to stay in business with the convenience of online shopping. I find having all these brands under one roof is a bonus because you’re not limited to two brands.”
7820 E. 101st St. | Tulsa
Monday-Saturday: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sunday: 1-5 p.m.
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