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Children’s needs met at Statice Patch
By Richard Palmer

With new children’s clothing almost as expensive as garb for adults, many people are shopping around for good used clothing for their kids.

On the north side of Route 20, about half way between Richfield Springs and West Winfield is a unique store just for children’s needs called Statice Patch. It is owned and operated by Donna Lallier, who comes from a unique background in retailing.

The store, which opened in December, specializes in used, but quality children’s clothing, crafts, toys and collectables. It’s one of the latest additions to the long string of unique privately owned and operated shops along the famed Cherry Valley Turnpike.

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Donna Lallier, owner of the Statice Patch, plans on expanding her store, which is located on Route 20, west of Richfield Springs.
“Future plans include adding maternity and plus sizes, and large sizes for children,” Lallier said. She also plans to bring furniture into the shop.

Previously, Lallier operated a flower shop and greenhouse at North Brookfield, and has participated in craft shows since 1977. “I’ve been in retailing since I was 16,” she said, and earned her degrees in marketing and greenhouse management at Herkimer CountyCommunity College and SUNY-Morrisville.

During her career, Lallier, who is originally from Whitesboro, was employed at the Kids-R-Us store in New Hartford where she worked in the infant and toddler departments.

Feeling there was an opportunity to create a niche in used children’s items, she decided to create her own business. She chose Statice as the name of her store which is a type of flower. It is an easy-to-grow annual, and is simple to dry for attractive  arrangements that last throughout the fall and winter.

Lallier said she only purchases the best in used, like-new children’s items which she can sell at substantially lower prices. Other items include ready-made crafts, toys and bedding for infants and for children up to age 12.  

The store is open during the winter from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. You can reach Lallier at 315-796-4542.

 


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