FEATURED BUSINESS: Monkey’s Kids Place

Erika Lopez owner od the Monkey’s Kids Place at 2852 North Ave in GJ.It’s a new thrift store for child clothes and toys.

The Monkey’s Kids Place store at 2852 North Ave in GJ.

Just about every parent knows how much a toddler’s new shoes cost. The tiny conglomerations of rubber, fabric and glue often brightly colored and styled like the latest, popular running shoe, cost $25 or more per pair.

Even less encouraging, a toddler’s new shoes last only so long as they fit, which isn’t long, depending on the erratic growth spurts of the average infant.

Hand-me-downs are the standard response, but what to do with that first child who needs everything?

A local single mother who raised two children, Carla, 17, and Alex, 7, pretty much on her own, said she has a solution to the problem of spending too much on clothing for children.

“They grow up so fast,” said Erika Terraza, owner of Monkey’s Kids Place, a child-centric thrift store located at 2850 North Ave.

“Why go and spend for brand new when you can buy for less than half price. These clothes are in very good condition,” Terraza said.

Terraza’s shop is jam-packed with sparkling clean, barely used clothing, blankets, toys, cribs, strollers and much more, all offered at significantly reduced prices.

Terraza keeps the place spotless and well-organized so patrons have no trouble finding what they are looking for.

“We have the best selection on spring and summer inventory, preemie to size 16,” she said. “All of our clothes are laundered and hung with care. Name brands include Gymboree, Puma and Nike.”

The store is now accepting spring- and summer-style clothing for store credit or cash, she said.

“We carry all kinds of infant bouncers and vibrating seats — girl ones, boy ones, neutral ones. All have been washed and cleaned,” she said. “All of our toys have been washed and cleaned to look brand new and all toys come working with batteries.”

The shop’s inventory changes daily, she said.


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