Second-hand is grand for wee, moms-to-be

March 24, 1998

by Joe Crocetta / staff photographer

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Lorna Yoder

BY RICHARD F. BELISLE / staff writer, Waynesboro

SCOTLAND, Pa. - Abigail Gilbert was born Monday and already she may be one of the best-dressed little girls in town, even if part of her new wardrobe is second-hand.

Michele Fisher, the best friend of Abigail's mother, was at Lorna Yoder's Mother 'N Me Consignment Shop on the corner of U.S. 11 and Pa. 997 Tuesday picking out three outfits for Abigail.


"I couldn't wait for her to be born so I could buy her some clothes," Fisher said. "I bought three outfits here for the price of one new one from a department store," she said.

Fisher, owner of the Kids Kount day-care center in Shippensburg, Pa., is one of Yoder's best customers.

"I send all my moms here," she said.

Yoder has been selling second-hand baby and maternity clothes and baby furniture for seven years from a storage shed at her home in Pinola, Pa., a few miles north of her shop. Her early inventory included clothes and furniture that her own three children, now ages 7 through 12, had outgrown.

She also cruised yard sales for merchandise.

She bought the consignment shop last year and kept its catchy name.

"The previous owner was only open a few hours at night. She only had about 30 consignees when I bought the business. I have more than 180 today," Yoder said.

She thought second-hand maternity and baby clothes would sell well because of the high prices of new ones and because babies and small children outgrow, rather than wear out, their clothes.

"Some are only worn a couple of times," Yoder said, holding up a new-looking pink short set for a baby 3 to 6 months old. Yoder priced it at $6.50.

"You'd pay twice that in a store," she said.

She said a lot of parents don't have time to check through clothes at yard sales for the right size.

"They come in here, pay a little more and find their size off my racks," she said.

Yoder's inventory depends on consignments that people bring in.

"I'm very picky about what I take. It has to be stain-free. I don't have time to wash clothes," she said.

Consignees get half the purchase price, Yoder said.

Merchandise not sold in three months goes back to the owner. Yoder donates some to charity.

She's thinking about buying the house next door and putting in a shop for men and boys that she'd call Father 'N Me.

"This is the most fun job I've ever had and I've done just about everything, from working in a nursing home, a hospital and as a sales clerk in a country store," she said.

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