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Recycled Rugrats, ‘From one mom to another’
by Damian Tromerhauser
Dec 19, 2012 | 10130 views | 1 1 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend | print
For parents of infants and toddlers, trying to find the right clothing and necessities for their children can be a never-ending guessing-game. The same clothes that may have fit just a few days ago are rendered old, simply based on the fact that kids seem to outgrow their attire faster than they are able to riddle them with stains from lunch. That is where resale and consignment boutique ‘Recycled Rugrats’ steps in.

Specializing in children’s clothing from newborn to ‘tween’, along with toys, books, accessories and maternity wear, Recycled Rugrats provides those in and around Sparks a second option when it comes to high quality clothing for their kids.

“We’re moms, so we totally understand needing to stretch the family dollar,” said Jennifer Norland, co-owner of Recycled Rugrats. “We just always wanted to do something like this and then it kind of just blossomed into this. We wanted to do something where we had the opportunities to give back to the community and this allows us the opportunity to still do what we love while giving back to the community.

“We just want to provide something that families can afford. A lot of times you like nice things, but you can’t always afford those things. And on top of that, kids grow so fast. You buy something and three months later, if that, they no longer need it, but the clothes are still perfectly good. So it’s still in great condition and you spent all this money on it and this way you can give that back to somebody else and help somebody else out.”

Almost five months old itself, the shop has seen early success, helping many in the community since opening its doors.

“It’s been really great. We have a great location and there’s nothing like this over here,” Norland said. “Business has done surprisingly really well. We’ve had great feedback from the community and on Facebook. I think the most surprising thing is that we’ve been getting people from Tahoe and Truckee and South Reno. Those are people that we really never expected to get up here just because this area is kind of like a hidden spot unless you’re a local.”

Aside from children’s clothing and accessories, Norland and co-owners Michelle Berry and Val Jakubos have also had a large hand in happenings throughout the community. The boutique features a different local artist every month, as well as hosting community events and craft fairs.

“We’re like a one-stop shop,” Norland said. “We needed to be a place that we would want to shop at.”

As more and more people have continued to discover the small boutique located in the Spanish Springs Town Center off of Los Altos Parkway and near the Pyramid Highway, the family atmosphere of Recycled Rugrats has continued to develop.

“My favorite part has been the families,” Norland said. “They’re just so much fun. We’ve had people come in when they were pregnant and now they have had their kids and they are coming in with them too. It’s fun. Just to be able to see the families that come in grow is so much fun.”

Soon, when the winter months give way to spring, parents will soon be unbundling their kids from layers of sweaters, coats and boots. Once done peeling away all the clothes, parents are sure to find a child that needs a completely new wardrobe for the warmer weather, having already outgrown last season’s clothing. Recycled Rugrats is looking forward to growing along with the families it supports.

“We see a lot of potential and we see a lot of growth happening,” Norland said of the shop. “Just in the five months that we’ve been open, we’ve already expanded certain sections and we want to continue that. We want to give people what they need. We see Recycled Rugrats going places.”
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Sherry DeBenning
December 20, 2012
I have been in the Recycled Rugrats store. Very nice merchandise and great staff. Continued good luck to the 3 owners as they grow their business. We need this store in Sparks.
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