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Timestamp: 2009-05-27 18:24:21 UTC

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Thank you all for reading my blog, I really appreciate it!
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I am so excited to introduce you to the wonderful online boutique called Gumdrop Lane. (I just love this name). Gumdrop Lane is the dream and vision of Erin Ruane, a stay-at-home mom of toddler, Anna, and infant, Sadie. As a former online and offline publishing executive, Erin ran Internet and traditional classifieds businesses before leaving the corporate world to be a full-time mom.
Her goal in creating Gumdrop Lane is to provide a marketplace that is fun and functional giving busy parents, grandparents and anyone else looking for kids' merchandise a convenient, reliable place to shop. Erin is a passionate mom, avid shopper and successful businesswoman with a strong desire to bring her shoppers the best in high-quality new and used apparel and accessories for kids.

What else makes Gumdrop Lane unique?
  • A combination of used and new children's merchandise.
  • A focus on girls, boys and infants up to 4T.
  • The “Sweet Picks” line of used merchandise.
  • A portion of their sales goes to support Autism Speaks, an organization dedicated to raising public awareness of the devastating effects of autism on children and to funding global research into the causes, prevention, treatment and a cure.
Erin personally selects each piece of merchandise. For their used department, Erin purchases merchandise through a variety of methods including buying directly from parents.
To stock new merchandise, Erin attends apparel shows to scout out the latest trends and purchases the freshest designs covering all of her clients' tastes from traditional to funky.

Buying quality used kids’ clothing and accessories is a terrific idea not just because of the value, but also because “reusing” is the most green way we can all live today. 

We are big "reusing" fans. Most of Abby's clothes are from my friend's little girl. Lisa's smaller clothes go to another friend of mine and then ultimately come back for when Abby's older and the same with Jamie's clothes. We just rotate clothes between friends.
This little Baby Gap pantall bears on the left is only $1, you can't go wrong there, can you?
This Ralph Lauren dress on the right is only $10.

Another cool feature of Gumdrop Lane is how easy it is to navigate and look for Items, you can search by gender, used and new, age. Or if you just want to scroll through the whole store to see what's there, you can search by all.

There's loads and loads of brand names to choose from, here's some examples (and there's plenty more): Baby Nay, BiziBody, IKKS, Tralala,...


I had the opportunity to review the My Vintage Baby Girly Girl dress and I have to tell you, it already looks cute in the store, it looks even cuter on Abby. What do you think?

The dress is 60% modal/40% cotton and is very soft.
I love, love, love the vintage design of the dress. I love the sparkly details on the front pocket and so does Abby, she loves sparkly things.


To find out more about My Vintage Baby, check it out here.


Erin has very generously offered one of my readers a chance to win a My Vintage Baby Item of your choice!!! You're not going to want to miss out on this one!
For a chance to win, please answer the following 2 questions (this entry is required before selecting additional entries and can be answered in 1 entry)
  • this combination new and used in 1 store, does this work for you? Would you buy only one or the other from the store or both?
  • do you buy used items for your kids?
Additional entries (please leave separate entries for each and URL's or user names where necessary).
  • follow my blog
  • follow me on Twitter and tweet about the giveaway
  • blog about this giveaway, linking back to Gumdrop Lane and my blog
  • add my button to your blog
  • fave me on Technorati
The deadline for this giveaway is 5/24/09 midnight PST. The winner will be selected by random.org, emailed and announced at this post on the 25th. The winner then has 48 hours to get back in touch with me. This giveaway is open to US and Canada.
Non-bloggers, make sure to leave your email in the post so I can reach you.

There's more, just in case you can't wait for the results of the giveaway or you're not a winner at the end of the giveaway, Erin has also offered to do a discount good through July 31, 2009 for 15% off storewide including sale items. The code is LATTE.

Thanks Erin for letting me do this review/giveaway!

62 comments:

Tj and Amy said...

I would buy both i love them both. very cute. I love that vintage dress. and i would buy used clothing too. I have alot of hand me downs i used with my daughter. amsbolda@hotmail.com

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Erin said...

I love this idea and especially how organized her shop is. Usually online retail shops look kind of hodge podge and of lesser quality which is why I usually why I buy from Ebay when I do buy used clothes. I have no problem with buying used as long as it's top quality and name brand. I wouldn't buy Target or Walmart used but have bought Greggy Girl, Gap, Etc. I love buying "new" used as I call it or "preowned" as car dealerships do. Thanks for this awesome giveaway. Oh, and Abby looks adorable in her MVB dress!

Erin said...

I follow

Keitha said...

I am pregnant with my first child and I think it's great how they have both in the store. I would buy both. I already have hand me downs for my baby that's not even hear yet and I would buy used items too

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Jennifer said...

It definetly works for me having new and used in their store together! I would buy both from their store! I have 4 kids and have and will buy used clothes for all of my kids, as long as they are still in good shape!

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Jennifer said...

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Sara and Alex said...

I do buy used clothes for my daughter and have found some great bargains. I like have used and new on one store. If it is a good deal I would like to have both in one place!
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auntrene said...

I buy for my niece, great niece and day care kiddos, I would definitely purchase both new and used items. I purchase used items for the kids now.. Thanks for the chance at the giveaway.
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CandG~Jill W said...

Wow-great site. I would buy both. I would start out looking at the used, but I know I would have to look at the new stuff as long as I was there! and 2) I am fortunate to have the best kids consignment shop about 15 minutes from here-I mean, it's awesome. About 75% of her clothes come from there, they are mostly brand names, and I never pay over $3 a piece! So, I definitely shop used-and I love it! thanks!

CandG~Jill W said...

I follow your blog, thanks!

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Carolsue said...

I like the My Vintage Baby Sweet Skull Set (2T). I would buy from a site that offered new & used items; and yes, I buy children's clothes at the consignment store quite often. Kids grow so fast that sometimes the items I buy look brand new!
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Seeryus Mama said...

I do buy used sometimes...it really depends on the quality, and price! I have problems shopping garage sales for "work" clothes. That the clothing that the kids wear while out helping Daddy. Because they will most likely end up stained anyway. It just saves me the head ache of having to worry about how I'm going to get that stain out.

I do like the Gumdrop Lane layout. I've been to this store before and I think it's easy to manuver though.

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Sara said...

this combination new and used in 1 store, does this work for you?
This totally works for us - we love to buy used so we would look there first and if we couldn't find something we wanted, we would buy new.
Would you buy only one or the other from the store or both?
both
do you buy used items for your kids?
yes

ecky said...

the combo totally works for me! i am all about used clothes! i love thrift shopping and getting bargains so this would be a great place to look. i would definitely check out the used stuff first : )

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carolyn said...

I love the orange cardign sweater for boys. It is so cool. Thanks for the giveaway.

carolyn said...

I follow

carolyn said...

I subscribe

Andrea said...

I think it is great that they carry both new and used items in their store. I buy both used and new.

Andrea said...

I have your button on my sidebar.

Andrea said...

Tweeted and I follow!
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Kathleen said...

I think combining new and used in one store is a GREAT idea. My kids are grown now but I did buy used clothing for them - and now encourage my daughters to do the same for my grandchildren. Thanks for a great giveaway.

Kathleen
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Sue D said...

The combo of new and used works fine with me and yes I buy used clothing for kids.
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micaela6955/Michele P. said...

I think it is a unique concept to have new and vintage side by side in a store. That being said, I would buy from both most likely as I know that the vintage or used items will have to be in good condition. I have purchased some used kids stuff in the past from garage sales or Goodwill, but it is not something I normally do. Usually I wait for clearance sales of new stuff and buy big enough for the following year-the prices are usually the same doing it that way.

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Katrina said...

I would buy both. I buy used stuff all the time....I am always on the lookout for a bargain.

GabbyLowe said...

I would defintely consider both at this site. And I buy used clothes at our local consignment show all the time. I have found some really original things there

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GabbyLowe said...

I like the ele-ahbaant designs bunny tee

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Staci said...

I love the combination of both in one site, and would definitely buy either. We buy a lot of clothes at consignment shops, you can't beat the prices & most of it is barely worn!
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Kathleen W. said...

I buy both new and used items for my son, and am not creeped out by used clothing. Kids don't wear clothes that long anyway, so there's not a lot of wear and tear on clothing, especially for kids under 2.

I'd definitely buy new and used from this store, since I assume that Erin would make sure the used items are in impeccable condition. And it's great to get some expensive brands for a fraction of the cost.

I'd love to get the Knuckleheads Prep Sweater or Skate pants.

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Crystal Arcand (3Stairs) said...

Old and new in one store completely works for me - it's the best of both worlds! I'm a thrift-store gal, so I'd probably by more used than new, but that doesn't mean I'd snatch a new pretty for the right price. ;) And can I say I am so totally loving all the long smocked dresses? Do you know how hard those are to find?!

Dina said...

I would buy both - and I could buy used for my kids, if the items are in good condition. I got a lot of baby clothes used because little ones wear them for about a minute!

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ReggieMann said...

The combination of new and used in 1 store definitely works for me as I buy both new and used clothing. If the item is not too worn or faded, all you need to do is wash it. I have not problem with this. I have bought a few items at work for my niece at "garage sales" departments have to raise money for charity. I have found quite a few nice things so far :)

Andrea B said...

The combo of new and used is great--it works for me. I would buy both.
I haven't bought anything used yet, although I've looked. I would buy used clothing.
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at sbcglobal. net

paula h said...

I think the combination of new and used works very well together. I would buy both. I do buy used clothes, toys and books for my kids. They share my love of thrift stores, yard sales and consignment stores :)

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Anonymous said...

I think new and used in one store is okay, as long as everything is clearly marked as used or new. I buy used books for my daughter, but I can't recall ever buying used clothes for her. I just try to find really good deals on new clothes instead.
renee
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Xenia said...

I don't have a problem with new and used items being together, but I also have absolutely no problem buying used. I shop at garage sales all the time and love finding a good deal for my daughters. Why pay an exorbitant amount for a t-shirt when I can find it for less than a dollar hardly worn?

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JenniferB said...

I buy both new and used, love to go to consignment and thrift shops. I buy good used clothes for my kids

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Lisa said...

I like the idea of new and used in the same store.
I do definitely buy used items for my kiddos.
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jceko77 said...

I would buy both new and used items from this store. I have bought my children used clothes from Once Upon a Child, and from yard sales.
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