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New store aims to help parents on a budget

March 26, 2011
By WARREN SCOTT, Staff writer

WELLSBURG - The owners of a new Wellsburg store hope to help parents of small children in two ways.

Located at 736 Charles St., Lollipops and Gumdrops offers a place where they can find clothing, toys and furniture for children at low prices and somewhere where parents may sell clothes and other items their children have outgrown, said Barbara and Jay Beatty, the store's owners.

"We know parents don't like having to pay $25 or $30 for an outfit their kids will outgrow after a few months when they could be paying $5 to $6 for the same outfit from our store. We will be offering quality new and gently used clothing, shoes, toys and furniture at terrific prices," said Barbara.

She added, "This also will give parents throughout the area a wonderful way to buy and sell gently used kids' clothing quickly and easily."

Barbara and Jay, who each have many years' experience in the retail field, said they know many families are looking at ways to stretch their dollars.

Barbara said in addition to a variety of boys' and girls' children, from infants' sizes to 16 junior, the shop offers maternity clothing, highchairs and other furniture for infants and toddlers and accessories for infants and toddlers.

The Beattys have been stocking spring and summer clothing they acquired through clearance sales at area stores and welcome area residents interested in selling used clothing on consignment.

The store welcomes items that have been recently washed and are in good condition, without fading, stains or excessive wear, and neatly folded in boxes of shopping bags.

All types of boys and girls clothing - from newborn sizes to size 14 and including sleepwear, jackets and coats - are needed.

Also needed are cribs, changing tables, dressers, cradles, small beds, highchairs, strollers, walkers, swings and toys and games for infants and toddlers.

Appointments are encouraged and may be made by calling (304) 737-7002.

A mother and former employee of the Grandma's House daycare center in Follansbee, Barbara said the idea of operating a store involving children appealed to her.

A Burgettstown, Pa. native, she came to Wellsburg after marrying Jay 22 years ago.

Barbara said the Wellsburg community, including its chamber of commerce, has been very supportive of their new business.

A Wellsburg native and 1989 graduate of Brooke High School, Jay said Lou Stein, executive director of Valley Ventures, a group aimed at helping aspiring entrepreneurs, has been very helpful by connecting him and Barbara to others who have operated similar businesses.

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