A fact of life that all new parents soon learn is that kids grow out of clothes – quickly. So what do you do when your little one’s collection of too-small sizes starts to pile up? You can give things away to friends and family – if you just happen to know someone with a child that fits the size and gender of the clothes you have to give them. Another option is to pack it all away in a box and shove it in the closet until a better idea comes along. Well, a better idea has come along and its name is Lyla’s Room.
Located at 301 3rd St. SE in downtown Puyallup, Lyla’s Room is a children’s consignment shop that sells everything from children’s clothes (newborn up to size 16), maternity clothes (extra small to extra large XX) and toys, to books, children’s furniture and décor. May 21 was the grand opening and the shop is up and running now, ready for customers to come in to buy or consign – or both.
Friends Wahayla McCloud and Maria Colt co-own Lyla’s Room. McCloud said opening her own business was a natural progression from the business courses she’s taken at Pacific Lutheran University and Tacoma Community College.
“I wanted to open (Lyla’s Room) because I wanted to be a business owner. I’ve always wanted to,” she said.
When she approached Colt with the idea of joining in, Colt was all for it.
“I said you’ll never know if you don’t take the risk,” Colt said.
Both of these former stay-at-home moms know just what it’s like to have an excess of children’s clothes their babies can no longer wear.
“I had a ton of clothes,” McCloud said. “(My daughter) had probably six bags of clothes that she grew out of. We have one whole half-rack that were all her clothes.”
They chose downtown Puyallup for their business location in order to bring something to the city that wasn’t there before.
“There’s no store like this here,” McCloud said. “Whenever I was shopping for my daughter, the only places I had were two places in Tacoma or someplace super far away. That’s when I said I needed to open a store in downtown Puyallup. I kept looking until I found a good spot – being patient and waiting and I found a good one.”
For those interested in bring clothes in for consignment, Lyla’s Room offers two options: take 40 percent of in-store credit for what each item sells for or take 30 percent in cash after the sale. Consignments are accepted on Wednesdays and Thursdays, but if you notify McCloud or Colt in advance they will consider accommodating another day by appointment. Contact them via the Lyla’s Room Facebook page.
Lyla’s Room is open from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, closed Monday and Tuesday.