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Second-hand venture’s toy story

Lynette Smith has started her own second hand clothes boutique after an initial sale proved to be very popular. ANL-140624-162709009

Lynette Smith has started her own second hand clothes boutique after an initial sale proved to be very popular. ANL-140624-162709009

A Castle Hedingham business, which started off life thanks to an idea over coffee, is flourishing, according to its owner.

Carousel Pre-Loved sells children’s clothing, toys and accessories for parents who no longer need them and fancy making a bit of money in the process.

The venture – nestled in a listed, converted barn in Pye Corner – is now flourishing, having started from humble beginnings.

“A friend and I were having coffee and commenting on how many toys and clothes you were left with after having children,” said Lynette Smith, a mother-of-six.

“I thought about having a sale – other people thought it was a good idea and asked me to sell on their behalf. It was so popular, I did it again.”

From holding a sale once a month, the shop is now open every Friday, and there are plans to expand in the future.

“Once a week is as much as I can manage while the children are little,” said Lynette.

“Eventually, I hope to open more frequently.”

The 43-year-old said that having a clear business model was important.

For smaller items, Miss Smith takes a 60 per cent cut of the sale, taking 40 per cent of a price agreed with the seller for any larger items.

 

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