Little Bears Boutique is expanding from thrift to gift.
Little Bears is a children’s consignment store in Dillon, where parents can buy or sell gently used clothing and equipment such as strollers and cribs. Now Little Bears, which opened in January, is also selling local Colorado soaps, jewelry, candles and chocolate.
Owner Holly Miller has lived in Summit County since 2000. With two kids of her own, she said having a place to find quality children’s items for lower prices was not only important for her, but for the community as well.
“I try to carry a variety of products so people don’t have to go down to Denver to get a specific thing,” she said.
Miller noticed about 10 years ago a children’s consignment store in Frisco went out of business, and there hadn’t been one around since. Her goal is to sell quality items at less than retail price, and recycle baby gear that barely gets used back into the community.
“Other than clothes, our next two biggest sellers are shoes and toys,” she said. “It’s about good prices on things that are really gently used, some still even have tags.”
Consignment, she said, can include new items as well. Miller checks every item for quality — buttons, zippers must all work, and there can be no stains or holes. Little Bears offers items in sizes from newborn to 12 or 14. They buy, sell or trade the new or nearly new items.
Now, the boutique is working to draw in shoppers who might not even have children, Miller said. With a new gift section, she is hoping to showcase local, Colorado-made products to customers.
“Even if you don’t have children, you can buy something for yourself or somebody else,” she said.
Gifts include Good Things Candle Company out of Windsor and Chocolove bars from Boulder, Milagros soap with colorful designs and Mauka Woodwerks handcrafted wooden toys. There’s also aspen leaf jewelry and T-shirts that change color in the sun.
While Little Bears is currently full on clothing, the store is still looking to consign baby gear or buy shoes and boots. Miller said even though business in Summit County is seasonal, her clothing selection is all encompassing.
“Even in the summer I try to keep long layers or fleece,” she said. “People come up here and it can still be cold if you’re going camping or something.”
The boutique also supports many local and national charities, such as the Family & Intercultural Resource Center, Dillon Community Church, Lake Dillon Preschool, National MS Society, Lurie Children’s Hospital and more.
Little Bears Boutique is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and is located at 119 La Bonte St. #201, Dillon.