Gumballs and Overalls

Profitable business up for sale

July 15, 2010 // 0 Comments

Gumballs and Overalls owner moving away Now that her children are grown and off to college, Gumballs and Overalls owner Tammy Newman believes it is time for her to make a life change as well. The one-year-old business located at 120 Courtland is up for sale as the newly-engaged Newman makes arrangements to leave Rockford for a new home. It’s time, she said. “I love my business so much I would literally live here,” she said. “That’s not good.” She hopes someone, perhaps a person who has lost their job, will find the business their new life’s calling and a way to make a good livelihood. Newman said if she doesn’t “take the plunge” into her new life, she will be too attached to her store, this town and her customers to give it up. The unique children’s clothes consignment shop stands apart from other resale because it is an upscale, boutique store with only brand-name, gently used and new quality and hand-made items. “I have 50-60 vendors who are little mom and pops trying to sell locally,” Newman  noted. She pointed out one of the store’s very popular items—Sweet Peapods, little baby garments and hats that make great gifts. They are knitted locally by Jennifer McCoy, one of the vendors that have been with Newman the whole year. In addition to clothing, she sells many products that parents need—blankets,  bibs, nursing covers, tutus, toys, balls, ring slings (baby carriers), an extensive line of cloth diapers and more. Newman said her store, opened a year ago on July 12, 2009, is doing well. Timing is right with the green movement and resale being so hot now. She has 1,600 square feet and could double the size and make good use of it, she said. A play area in the back allows parents to shop while children play. Currently she is clearancing out sizes 10 and up because it is the smaller sizes, 8 and down, that move quickly. Find 60 percent off those larger sizes until they are gone. The success of the store may lie in a good concept with a smart business model. As consignment, Newman doesn’t pay for product unless it sells. With 20 years in accounting, she is careful about the […]

New kids consignment boutique coming to Downtown Rockford

June 11, 2009 // 0 Comments

In today’s economy you can’t go wrong shopping at Gumballs and Overalls, the new kid’s consignment boutique coming to downtown Rockford. At the upscale consignment boutique you will find name brands such as Gymboree, Gap, Tommy Hillfiger, The Children’s Place, Ralph Lauren, Limited Too, and many designer brands all for up to 70 percent off retail. Shop owner Teresa Patteuw says that shoppers in her store will not have to compromise their style and fashion preferences to get a great deal because all items are in guaranteed like new condition, except you are not paying the hefty retail price. In addition, the atmosphere is not like other second hand stores, but much like a designer boutique that is incredibly organized with beautiful displays and unmatched customer service. Teresa urges shoppers to ask themselves, “why pay the difference when you can’t tell the difference?” When families are looking closely at their budget Gumballs and Overalls offers more than just a great money saving solution.  At Gumballs and Overalls families can sell their kids outgrown clothing (sizes 0-10), equipment, furniture, and accessories and make big bucks. Sellers, also called consignors, earn 40-50 percent of everything they sell. They can receive a check for their sold items or they can use the money they earn to shop in the store at a discount. A typical consignor can expect to earn as much as $500 per season, just from outgrown items in their kid’s closets, and Gumballs and Overalls does all the work. In addition to like new kids item’s on consignment, shoppers can expect to find many new boutique gift items. New gift items will include tutus, hair bows, baby blankets, bibs, rattles, heirloom christening gowns and accessories, diaper bags, and much more. Gumballs and Overalls will also offer ecofriendly kid’s products including Earth Mama, Angel Baby all natural care products, organic laundry detergent, products with organic and hemp fabrics, as well as a large assortment of cloth diaper brands including Bum Genius, Fuzzi Buns, Bumkins, Thirsties, Happy Heinyes, and more. Throughout any month shoppers can also participate in many ongoing workshops including Baby Sign, a great introduction to learn more about the benefits of baby sign language, and the first workshop being held June 12-13 in partnership […]