A children’s thrift store is the latest new business to open in downtown Dover-Foxcroft


DOVER-FOXCROFT — Giving birth just nine days ago didn’t stop Shania Wooding from opening a new business in downtown Dover-Foxcroft. The Children’s Closet, which opened July 24 at 122 East Main Street, sells gently used children’s clothing, shoes and toys and baby accessories such as strollers and high chairs, among other items.

DOVER-FOXCROFT — Giving birth just nine days ago didn’t stop Shania Wooding from opening a new business in downtown Dover-Foxcroft.

The Children’s Closet, which opened July 24 at 122 East Main Street, sells gently used children’s clothing, shoes and toys and baby accessories such as strollers and high chairs, among other items. Wooding, who co-owns the business with her husband, Jacob Wooding, also hopes to offer a rack of maternity clothes in the coming weeks.

Bystander photo/Valerie Roizman
CHILDREN’S CLOSET – The Children’s Closet at 122 East Main Street in Dover-Foxcroft, pictured Thursday.

The Dexters and business owners first recognized the need for such a store because Dover-Foxcroft and the surrounding towns are located in Piscataquis, the poorest and one of the most rural counties in Maine. The new store shows families that they don’t need to spend large sums of money to find quality items and makes another shopping option available without having to travel to Bangor.

This is the store that new and young parents need, Shanaya Wooding said.

The business joins others that recently opened, including Tap 62: The Lounge in the city and Black Stream Disc Golf in Sangerville.

Photo courtesy of Shanaya Wooding OWNERS – Jacob and Shanaya Wooding, owners of The Children’s Closet.

Wooding started shopping at baby resale and consignment stores when she became a mom, and it got her thinking about someday opening her own place.

“I couldn’t necessarily afford everything I wanted to get for him [her son],” she said. “I’ve always shopped at thrift stores and realized that I don’t need to buy things at full price.”

The Woodings have four children, two boys and two girls, including their newborn son, Job. For now, they run the business alone. If the store sees success, they would consider expanding their team, Shanaya Wooding said.

Photo courtesy of Shania Wooding
NOW OPEN – The Children’s Closet, which sells gently used children’s clothing, shoes, toys, baby gear and more, is now open in Dover-Foxcroft.

Most of the items in the store are donations that the Woodings have collected and will continue to take during business hours. Those who drop off items can take cash or store credit. Shania Wooding also frequents yard sales to find quality items, she said.

Children’s items range from newborn to age 12, although customers will sometimes be able to find clothing for older children.

Shania Wooding hopes to get child safety certification so the business can sell car seats that are safe for families to use, she said.

“It’s basically about helping the community,” she said. “We don’t want anyone to come in here and feel like they can’t afford something.”

Children’s Closet shares some of its inventory on its Facebook page.

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