Out Of This World
New local boutiques, businesses and brands you may not know — but should.
Pam Feldman, the brand-new owner of Royal Oak’s Kids Planet, has spent her life “doing” for others: as a social worker, as a soldier in the Israel Defense Forces and as a mom of three — for whom she shops almost exclusively resale.
And now the world: “Recycling the planet, one outfit at a time,” she says.
It was a dream come true for the Hillel Day School and Haifa University graduate and garage sale-aholic to open her own children’s resale boutique.
“My mom always shopped resale for us,” says Feldman. “She always made sure we were dressed in the best brand names — just resale. And for years, I’ve loved going to garage sales and rummage sales. I started buying and selling on eBay and Craigslist and realized I love this — and I’m really good at this.”
Opened almost two years ago, Kids Planet’s previous owner was ready to hand over the reins just as Feldman had decided to really make a go of her passion. After months of researching for a business plan, Feldman was hunting for store fixtures on Craigslist and came across an ad for this store — which she knew from scouting out the competition.
“It was truly besheret,” says Feldman. She spent a month shadowing the owner in the shop and celebrated her grand re-opening in early August (while still working part-time at Henry Ford Hospital).
“In addition to the belief that there is just too much waste of products — food, clothes, everything — I truly enjoy the hunt of finding what I really want at a fraction of the cost. And I’m so excited to put my talent to use for others who feel the same, but may not have the patience to find the best quality for the best price. Now I can do it for them.”
Kids Planet offers high-quality, super adorable and stylish used and new children’s clothing from infant to size 12, wooden and educational toys and gear, including everything from gently used best-selling baby carriers to a new line of kids’ dish sets made from recycled milk jugs to chic vintage items, like a 1958 highchair.
“I think the recent recession made people think about being less wasteful and more aware of the value of things,” Feldman says. “Instead of tearing down homes, people are restoring. Instead of throwing away furniture, they are upcycling. Instead of buying a new Abercrombie shirt for $50, they can come to my store and get a gently used one of $6!”
Kids Planet, 210 W. Sixth St., Royal Oak (248-325-6023; kidsplanetresale.com). Items that cannot be consigned due to slight wear fill a donation basket; each item is a $1 donation to a local charity that changes monthly.