Online based thrift-shop offers style and grace for youth

Get thrifty for the kiddies.

A Flatbush couple is giving Brooklyn parents an opportunity to thrift shop for decent kids clothing, and even sell back clothing that their youngsters no longer wear, with their children’s thrift store Everything Jiggy. When David Dean and Angela Azorer began realizing that their daughter had a lot of unworn clothes attached with price tags, they chose to sell back to thrift stores. But in their search the pair found dead ends or thrift shops in northern Brooklyn, far from where they are based in Flatbush. They also noticed a lack of thrifting options for children.

“We knew of thrift stores for adults so we naturally assumed there was one for children’s clothes, and when we did find places where we could trade the clothes, the locations weren’t accessible to us,” said Dean. “We would only see them in different parts like Greenpoint and Park Slope — none in Flatbush.”

That is where the couple got the idea for EverythingJiggy.com, an online-based children’s thrift store. Dean found himself constantly buying clothes to keep his daughter nicely dressed, but she never got to wear many of them before needing bigger sizes and other clothes. They figured other parents were experiencing a similar predicament, and probably searching to buy and thrift, and they discovered this fact when they officially launched last January, immediately noticing a lot of buzz.

“We weren’t even telling everyone but once we had our plan down everyone was really receptive,” he said.

Catering to children from 12 months to 12 years old, unused and used stylish clothes are priced with close to 85 percent discount, and posted on the site. Parents can buy and trade with Everything Jiggy by inquiring through their site. Once a request is received from a trader, they arrange pick-ups for clothes, determine pricing on the spot, and reward the parents with either cash or store credit to buy at their store. The clothing they sell are current fashions such as distressed jeans, bomber jackets, skinny jeans, and other trendy styles. They can be mid-range to even high-fashion brands, said Dean.

“We get everything from Old Navy to Burberry, and we recently got a pair of Gucci sneakers.”

Clothing that is not high enough in quality is donated, but not because the clothing is not up to par. But to also give children in shelters in fashionable clothes to sport as well, said Dean.

“They have to be in great condition, even the clothes we decide to donate. We don’t donate clothing that is faded or stained,” he said. “They deserve the same respect we deserve for ourselves because we are all about helping families and people who are less fortunate.”

Still in the early stages, the couple’s business model priority is to look out for their community, and even take on an environmental approach.

“It’s all about community for me, but it’s tied together with an environmental aspect,” said Dean.

“Tons of people have clothing they can’t use or need but don’t want to spend more on clothing, so they can buy, sell or trade — but we are recycling clothing and giving them a longer life.”

The couple also hope to provide younger parents in lower or middle income parts of southern Brooklyn, an opportunity to thrift.

“We can’t deny the fact that these stores are lacking in predominately West Indian and lower income areas,” said Dean. “We see the need for these businesses and we hope to be in areas where they don’t exist.”

Thrifters interested in or trading-in or shopping for children’s clothes can contact Dean or Azorer, at everythingjiggy@gmail.com, or visit their web site at www.everythingjiggy.com.

Reach reporter Alexandra Simon at (718) 260–8310 or e-mail her at asimo[email protected]local.com.

More from Around NYC