Kids Fashion Jungle

. March 27, 2013.

Tamara Douglas long dreamed of opening a resale shop. “We have five children, and we run through a lot of clothes,” she says. Meanwhile, Manchester, where her kids go to school, needed just that kind of retailer. “We really wanted to serve the community, and also give people who live here a resource so they don’t have to get on the freeway when they need to buy things for their kids.”

The result: Kids Fashion Jungle. Open since last July, the store is the first retail effort for Douglas. Shoppers will find gently-used clothing for infants through size 16 for girls and size 18 for boys. There’s a 99-cent rack featuring clothes with more wear that are still too good to throw away (80% of the proceeds from these items go the Manchester School Foundation). And there are new toys from lines that include Melissa and Doug, Toysmith, and Maxim Enterprise, a planet-friendly purveyor of wooden toys. The section has proved one of the store’s most popular. “Now, if you have to pick up a quick birthday gift, you can do it right in Manchester,” says Douglas. “You don’t have to run all the way to Ann Arbor.” The store offers a computerized gift registry and gift certificates, and special offers can be found by “liking” their Facebook page, Kids Fashion Jungle, 109 E. Main St., Manchester. Open Mon. thru Wed. and Fri. 11am-6pm; Thurs. 11am-7pm; and Sat. 10am-5pm. 734-428-7800. —NB