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Little Kids Resale & Boutique, more than a store - a mission

By Carolyn B. Edwards BCC Staff Writer

Business partners Gina Kennedy and Heather Nobiling are a couple of moms with big hearts. After struggling and overcoming with the help of others, they decided they wanted to "pay it forward."
In early December, the pair opened Little Kids Resale and Boutique in Bandera Village on Highway 16 South. This Saturday, Jan. 22, they will host their "Grand Opening Extravaganza," by inviting the entire community to stop in and get acquainted.
The "Extravaganza" will continue throughout the day, with brisket sandwiches and hotdogs served around 11:30 pm. An official ribbon cutting will be held at 1 pm. "Bring the kids so they can watch the clown making balloon animals," said Kennedy.
For Kennedy and Nobiling, the shop is more than a business, it is also a mission project. The partners want to make money, of course, but their priority is to help other moms provide for their children. They plan to do that by offering quality children's items at reasonable prices, by purchasing gently used items for resale and by helping families in need with donated items.
Quality items,
reasonable prices
A few years ago, Nobiling was a pregnant single mom with a toddler. When her doctor ordered her to take five months bed rest, she fell into despair. She had no resources, no family and had not been here long enough to develop deep friendships. "Meredith Theilen at Hoppin' Fashions was moving her store and she called and let me buy clothes for my little ones. I promised her that one day I would do for 10 people what she did for me that day."
Kennedy and Nobiling met at a local garage sale. Kennedy was in search of baby items for a friend in need. Nobiling had just gone through that very rough patch and shared her story. "Before long, we were both crying together and promised to keep in touch," said Kennedy.
"I have no doubt that God puts you in places for a reason," continued Nobiling. "About two months later, I ran into Gina at the EZ Mart and the first thing she said was, 'I've been looking for you. Let's start a kid's resale shop'!'
"We love this community, but we realized soon after moving here that there is no place here to get children's clothing at reasonable prices."
"We feel it's important to have a nice shop with a variety of items at a variety of prices," said Kennedy. "We have designer labels affordably priced, and we have much cheaper stuff."
From preemie to 16
In addition to clothing in a range of sizes from preemie to 16, Little Kids Resale carries a nice selection of books, toys, games, sports equipment and shoes, among other items.
The "Boutique" in the shop's name reflects the partner's selection of handcrafted items such as baby quilts, hair ribbons and bows.
A big plus for shopping moms is the playroom in back. The little ones can test the latest toys and games, leaving mom to browse hands-free and undisturbed.
Shoppers should be sure to pick up one of their business cards and take advantage of the $10 off offer on the back.
Anyone with items to sell, should call the shop first at 830-796-4644. "We'll tell you what we are currently taking. We pay 40 percent of what we will sell it for in store credit, or 30 percent cash," said Nobiling.
Helping families in need
The partners are big on community, and they want to reach out to any family in need. "If you have things to donate, we collect those items as well. Then we give them away to a family undergoing a disaster," said Nobiling.
She pointed out that families in crisis often cannot afford to drive to Kerrville, San Antonio or Boerne to shop for their kids.
Nobiling and Kennedy have contacted local churches, day care facilities and service organizations to let them know about Little Kids Resale's charity side. "We have already helped a lot of families," said Kennedy. "If your child needs something, let us know and we will do our best to find it for you. We offer a no questions asked policy."
Between them, the partners have over 20 years of experience in retail. Kennedy, who has a degree in elementary education, owns and operates Star Struck Windshield Repair. Nobiling, who hails from Virginia, visited family in Pipe Creek and fell in love with the Hill Country. Both women want to be able to earn a living while having time to spend with their children.
Little Kids Resale and Boutique is the perfect place to shop for your child, or to select a special gift for a little one. They will make the purchase of a gift certificate simple. Drop off your gently used items and get a little cash - or that feel good feeling by making a donation to help someone less fortunate.
Regular hours for the brightly lighted, cheerful shop are 10 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday and 9 am to 4 pm on Saturday. You won't meet anyone friendlier than Gina, Heather and their capable assistant, Brittanie McHorse. And be sure and tell them the Courier sent you.

Pictured: From babies to bigger kids, Brittanie McHorse , store assistant, and Gina Kennedy, one of the owners, will help you find what you need for your children at Little Kids Resale and Boutique.