Tiny Blessings fills a big need
Dawn Reinhart has always dreamed of having her own little retail store, and her daughter loves to shop at second-hand stores.
So, the mother-daughter duo teamed up and recently opened Tiny Blessings, a children's resale store, in the heart of Prineville.
"We've worked in customer service. I've done that all my life, but not in retail," Reinhart said. "It's always been a dream of mine, and Merisa has always wanted to do something like that, too."
Merisa Post, who has two daughters, ages 7 and 11, says she loves clothes and shoes.
"I love second-hand," she said, adding that she frequently shops for herself and her daughters at second-hand stores.
There was no longer a children's resale clothing store in Prineville, and they'd heard several locals say they'd like to see one.
"We had the idea and then two weeks later, we found the building. It was really quick," Post said.
On Dec. 21, they opened the doors of Tiny Blessings at the corner of Northeast Fourth and Northeast Court streets near Stryker Park.
They sell gently used children's clothing from size preemie to 14/16 as well as shoes, toys, books, strollers and accessories.
Anyone who has items their children have outgrown may message them on Facebook or stop into the shop and make an appointment. Clothing must be free of stains and holes and in good condition.
"We buy their clothes. We look through them, and we give them a percentage of what we would make. That way, everything in the store is ours," Post said, adding that they do sometimes consign bigger items.
They also sell a few new items that are made locally, such as teething rings, blankets and hats.
"We've had such a good response," Reinhart said. "I bet you 80 percent of the people that come in tell us, 'Thank you so much for opening.' It's really sweet."
Tiny Blessings has had such a good response, in fact, that they are already expanding.
They have rented out an adjoining party room for baby showers and birthday parties, but they have decided to use that space for storage and open up their current storage room for more merchandise.
"Our goal is to also carry new merchandise and maternity and more baby equipment," Reinhart said.
Plans also call for eventually selling new socks, underwear and dance tights as well as a few new clothing items.
"Our hope is eventually to supply more of those so people don't have to run out of town to grab that one little thing, like baby supplies and bottles," Reinhart said.
Expanding shouldn't be too difficult, thanks to their husbands, who built all of the clothing racks, shelving, the counter and even little mannequins.
Post and her husband also own a construction and concrete business, and Reinhart also works as a real estate agent.
The mother and daughter have both lived in Prineville most of their lives and are happy to have what they call an affordable, local and convenient children's store in their little community.
"It's supporting local because other moms and dads are selling their stuff, and we're selling that," Post said. "It helps them, helps us, helps everybody else."
"It's fun to be here, and we love seeing all the littles come in. We've had a lot of fun," her mother added.
The women said they are also happy to fill a need in Prineville.
"We want it to be a blessing to the community," Reinhart said.
Owners: Dawn Reinhart and Merisa Post
Location: 375 NE Court St.
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.