Parents have known it for years: children’s clothing never wears out before the youngsters outgrow it and need new togs. There was a time when a family’s sole option was to hand down outfits to siblings or cousins. Fast forward to 2015 and the Mother of Pearl shop located at 4759 N.E. Fremont St. Store owner Alisa Fairweather wants to offer another option. “I want to help people save money,” she said.
Fairweather, a central Pennsylvania native, arrived in Portland in 1996 by way of Washington, D.C., where she attended college. She worked in higher-education administration for approximately two decades.
Now, she’s deep into being her own boss. “I was shopping in another resale store,” she said, “when it occurred to me that I could do this. When a shop came up for sale, I bought the store’s inventory and started my own business.” She opened Mother of Pearl on November 20.
“Business was good in December, but we’re in the retail slump now,” she said. Fairweather offers those who consign used children’s clothing and toys a percentage of the sales price. Mother of Pearl’s inventory includes, “used bassinets, toys, swings and even some new items.” The store sits not far from her home in Northeast Portland’s Cully Neighborhood.
Mother of Pearl was named after Fairweather’s deceased first canine, Pearl. Thus the image of the dog in the store’s logo. Mother of Pearl is closed on Tuesdays and open other weekdays 10 a.m.-5 p.m., weekends 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. More information: https://www.facebook.com/motherofpearlresale.