NEWTOWN SQUARE–The former site of Sabai Thai–a Thai restaurant that closed down several years ago on West Chester Pike/Route 3 in Newtown Square–has recently been replaced by a consignment shop.
Kids Sweet Repeats, located on 3707 West Chester Pike, took over the location and opened its doors to the public on Jan. 6. Kids Sweet Repeats specializes in new and gently used clothing and accessories for children, teens and mothers-to-be.
Michelle McGovern, a Newtown Square resident and the owner of the shop, said she believed there was a need for this type of shop in town, especially considering the economic times.
"I have two school-aged children (who both attend ), a 7 and 9 year old, and we used to have to travel down the Main Line to find a shop like this," explained McGovern. "Around Newtown Square and Broomall, there isn't a shop–well, not that I know of–where you can find good children's clothes for a good price."
The highest priced item in the store is $30, which is currently priced for a brand new girl's jacket. But about 90 percent of the items in the shop are under $10, said McGovern. The average price for a clothing item is priced at $7.
"I try to be particular with some items," shared McGovern. "For the newer stuff, I try to be fair and and take off 50 percent off the original price, if they still have the tag. But most of the time it's more than 50 off."
Though she's only been open for a little over a week, McGovern said, "So far, everyone has liked my items and prices."
"I don't want it to be a thrift store but I also don't want to price it too high," said McGovern.
McGovern, who was previously in real estate for eight years and then worked in corporate at Wells Fargo, said the idea to open up a consignment shop that catered towards children was something she has "always wanted to do."
She's been prepping for opening day since November last year, and a bit of construction was needed to cover up the old kitchen from the former restaurant. In addition, McGovern had to gather gently used and new children's clothing items from her own children and her friends to start off with. So far, she already has four consignors.
"It's been a little bit of an adventure," admits McGovern. "But we've received a wonderful response from the community so far."
The shop accepts new consignors on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
The shop works on a seasonal collection schedule–spring items in the winter, summer items in the spring, fall items in the summer and winter items in the fall.
For accepted consignors, the shop will sell their items for 90 days. At the end of 90 days, the shop will send consignors a check for 50 percent. Items which have not sold may be picked up or the shop will donate them for the consignor, according to their website.
For more information about the shop, email them at firstname.lastname@example.org or call them at 610-325-3500.