Second-hand store recycles maternity clothes, rents dresses - New York News

Second-hand store recycles maternity clothes, rents dresses

Posted: Updated:

A Minnesota mom has an idea that was born out of necessity -- but it could be the next big thing: Rental clothes for expectant mothers who need a short-term wardrobe fix.

"Basically, I was pregnant with my son and I couldn't afford to keep buying new maternity clothes," explains Crystal Pollard.

That's what inspired Pollard to get out in her garage and advertise on Craigslist. Soon, women were coming from all over the state to sell and buy.

The fact is, maternity clothes have a pretty limited shelf life -- especially since in Minnesota, where a single term often spans at least two seasons. That's why Pollard often gets items with the tags still attached -- because both mom and baby outgrow them before they get a chance to really wear them.

But Bellies to Babies doesn't just deal in "lightly stretched" maternity clothes. They also rent special-occasion designer dresses.

"I have a holiday party on Friday and I needed to find a dress," said shopper Megan Schmidt. "I'll likely wear it once, so why not find something that you really like and you can rent it and not have to pay full price."

Pollard said she got the idea to rent dresses about a year after she opened her doors because so many pregnant women were asking for dresses to attend weddings.

"They rent tuxes -- they rent kid clothes, why not maternity dresses?" she asked.

What would normally retail for $300 can be rented for the weekend for $35, or for the week for $55. They're specially dry-cleaned between use so no harmful chemicals can harm mom or baby -- and that's creating a special niche for expectant mothers.

"I think the rental dresses is what makes it so unique," said Lori Ask. "There's quite a few second-hand kids stores and a few maternity stores, but the dress concept is really cool."

Online resource:

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Times Square, 1 WTC go gold for childhood cancer awareness

    Times Square, 1 WTC go gold for childhood cancer awareness

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 10:20 PM EDT2014-09-03 02:20:23 GMT
    Things are looking up for cute little Cami King. Not only is her cancer in remission, she also just got to meet Mickey, Minnie and Elmo in Times Square. But, if you can believe it, there's something else this 4-year-old is even more excited about: Times Square is going gold. The chairman of the Times Square Advertising Coalition announced the crossroads of the world is going to light up in gold to raise awareness for pediatric cancer research.
    Things are looking up for cute little Cami King. Not only is her cancer in remission, she also just got to meet Mickey, Minnie and Elmo in Times Square. But, if you can believe it, there's something else this 4-year-old is even more excited about: Times Square is going gold. The chairman of the Times Square Advertising Coalition announced the crossroads of the world is going to light up in gold to raise awareness for pediatric cancer research.
  • Lawyer says family of girl with Uzi is devastated

    Lawyer says family of girl with Uzi is devastated

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 10:00 PM EDT2014-09-03 02:00:24 GMT
    An attorney for the parents of a 9-year-old girl who accidentally killed an Arizona shooting range instructor with an Uzi say the family is devastated by the tragedy that occurred on a brief excursion during a...
    An attorney for the parents of a 9-year-old girl who accidentally killed an Arizona shooting range instructor with an Uzi say the family is devastated by the tragedy that occurred on a brief excursion during a vacation.
  • Deadly crash in Lincoln Tunnel

    Deadly crash in Lincoln Tunnel

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 8:15 PM EDT2014-09-03 00:15:54 GMT

    Officials say a New Jersey man has died from injuries he suffered in a chain-reaction crash inside one of the tubes of the Lincoln Tunnel.  Port Authority of New York and New Jersey police spokesman Joe Pentangelo says the 49-year-old Summit resident was among three people hurt in the accident.


    Officials say a New Jersey man has died from injuries he suffered in a chain-reaction crash inside one of the tubes of the Lincoln Tunnel.  Port Authority of New York and New Jersey police spokesman Joe Pentangelo says the 49-year-old Summit resident was among three people hurt in the accident.



Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices