She's sold everything from ornaments to bird houses and fresh pasta.
Now, Michelle Brooks is venturing into the baby consignment business at Brooksie's Market, adding one-piece baby blue pajamas with white snowflakes and onesies adorned with phrases like "Little Hunky Monkey" on the front to her inventory.
"I'm buying clothes from parents whose kids have outgrown their clothes,'" said Brooks, owner of the store. "Hopefully, they'll rebuy from someone for their kid."
Brooksie's opened last fall at 5805 N. Florida Avenue in a quaint house with hardwood floors. Since then, Brooks has considered moving to a larger space with a more pedestrian-friendly feel that would draw foot traffic from customers, and accommodate the inventory she hopes to receive from selling baby items.
The idea for baby inventory came about after she noticed customers strolling into the store with their babies, coupled with the high cost of baby clothes and the ability of local moms to network with other moms to spread the word about her inventory.
Now, Brooks is selling items for babies who are newborns up to 12 months old, with prices ranging from $1.50 to about $7 per item. The items must be like new or still have tags on them to be accepted, she said.
"I know we have a lot of young families, and they don’t have an alternative, unless you go through Goodwill and go through every piece," Brooks said.
Brooks said her philosophy for her new inventory is simple.
"Everybody wants their baby to be styling and looking cute," she said, "but everybody can't afford it."