Carmen Ripley Wilson, owner of children’s resale shop Beanstalk in the Sabin neighborhood, is getting ready to open a second, larger location in Montavilla this month.
The grand opening for Beanstalk Montavilla will be Saturday, December 12 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at 8021 S.E. Stark Street. Plans for a fun-filled day with live music and in-store deals include folk songs and puppetry with Red Yarn Productions, face painting with Nicole’s Face Painting and balloon making with clowns Olive & Dingo.
When it opened in 2012, the original Beanstalk store at 3527 N.E. 15th Avenue started out with 20 consignors. Currently, Beanstalk has over 2,500 consignors. Ripley Wilson, a former naturopathic family physician, worked the shop solo six days a week for the first three months of operation and the business grew so quickly that two part-time employees were soon added. Now in its fourth year, Beanstalk has a total of eight employees, five full-time and three part-time.
Beanstalk’s mission is to provide local families with contemporary, high-quality, new and gently used children’s clothes, shoes, toys and gear at affordable prices and they emphasize the environmental benefits of their business model. Beanstalk also checks every item to ensure that it is not on a recall list and it meets the current government safety standards.
“I grew up in the coast range, where we learned to make the most of what we had,” said Ripley Wilson. “I’m a big proponent of recycling and reuse. After opening the shop, I’ve never looked back. It’s the best decision I’ve ever made. I love it so much that it never feels like work to me.”
For more information on both Beanstalk stores, visit www.beanstalkpdx.com.