The children’s thrift store is the latest new business to open in downtown Dover-Foxcroft


DOVER-FOXCROFT – The birth just nine days ago didn’t stop Shania Wooding from opening a new business in downtown Dover-Foxcroft. The Children’s Closet, which opened July 24 at 122 East Main Street, sells gently used children’s clothing, shoes, and toys, and baby equipment such as strollers and high chairs, among other items.

DOVER-FOXCROFT – The birth just nine days ago didn’t stop Shania Wooding from opening a new business in downtown Dover-Foxcroft.

The Children’s Closet, which opened July 24 at 122 East Main Street, sells gently used children’s clothing, shoes, and toys, and baby equipment such as strollers and high chairs, among other items. Wooding, who co-owns the business with her husband, Jacob Wooding, also hopes to offer a rack of maternity clothes in the coming weeks.

Observer photo / Valerie Royzman
KIDS WARDROBE – The children’s closet at 122 East Main Street in Dover-Foxcroft, pictured Thursday.

The Dexter couple and entrepreneurs have for the first time recognized the need for such a store because Dover-Foxcroft and the surrounding towns are located in Piscataquis, the poorest and one of the most rural counties in Maine. The new store shows families that they don’t need to spend large sums of money to find quality items and makes another shopping option available without having to travel to Bangor.

This is the kind of store new and young parents need, Shania Wooding said.

The business joins others that have recently opened, including Tap 62: The Lounge in town and Black Stream Disc Golf in Sangerville.

Photo courtesy of Shania Wooding OWNERS – Jacob and Shania Wooding, owners of The Children’s Closet.

Wooding started shopping in the resale and shipping business of baby items when she became a mother and made her think about opening a place one day.

“I couldn’t necessarily afford everything I wanted to achieve for him [her son]”she said.” I always shopped in resale stores and realized I didn’t need to buy stuff at full price. “

The Woodings have four children: two boys and two girls, including their newborn son, Job. For now they run the business on their own. If the store sees success, they would consider growing their team, Shania Wooding said.

Photo courtesy of Shania Wooding
NOW OPEN – The Children’s Closet, which sells carefully used clothing, shoes, toys, baby clothing and more, is now open in Dover-Foxcroft.

Most of the items in the shop are donations that the Woodings have raised and will continue to receive during business hours. Those who drop off items can withdraw cash or get store credit. Shania Wooding also visited yard sales to find quality stuff, she said.

Baby items range from newborn to age 12, although customers will sometimes be able to find clothes for older children.

Shania Wooding hopes to get child passenger safety certification so the company can sell safe-to-use car seats for families, she said.

“It’s essentially to help the community,” he said. “We don’t want anyone to come here and feel like they can’t afford something.”

The Children’s Closet shares some of its inventory on its Facebook page.

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