An infant and children’s used clothing store destined for closure was saved recently when the business was purchased by one of its customers, Ashley Dalton. The Wild Child will have its grand opening under Dalton’s ownership 11 a.m. Saturday, at the store’s location at 121 S. Washington St.
Located near Dagwood Jr., the resale shop had its ribbon cutting June 28 from the Mexico Area Chamber of Commerce.
The Wild Child is offering special grand opening deals. Store branded reusable canvas bags will be available for purchase. The first five customers Saturday who spend at least $15 will receive a reusable bag for free. Those who use the bag will then be able to save on purchases on subsequent visits. Snacks, activities and giveaways also will be available.
The store is open four days a week: Wednesdays through Fridays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Before purchasing the business, Dalton said she was a stay-at-home mom.
“Everyone in my family is very happy about it and very excited about the opportunities it’s going to give us,” she said.
The Wild Child first opened a year ago. Dalton’s purchase of the business was well received by community members, since it would have otherwise closed. “We were all sad of the possibility that it was leaving,” she said.
The store offers gently-used clothing for newborns through children who are five to six years old. Dalton is looking to eventually expand into larger sizes, she said.
Those who would like to part with clothing a child has outgrown can message The Wild Child through its Facebook page to schedule a drop-off appointment. The shop can no longer accept items stored in bags, due to wrinkling. Dalton will inspect the clothing and then make a purchase offer. Store credit or a check is offered for the clothing.