Name brand items at discount prices

Published 12:00 am Sunday, July 13, 2008

Everyone has that can’t-live-without-it prom dress or fabulous pair of shoes that wind up stuffed in the back of the closet. What about all those baby clothes in the black plastic trash bag up in the attic?

Christy Stange of Verbena has a solution for those brand name, expensive baby clothes and accessories collecting dust. Back on the Rack buys gently used children’s necessities and turns them into someone’s new treasured possession.

Stange began her own high-end thrift store to cut down the cost of baby and young children’s clothing and necessities for new parents.

Back on the Rack made its debut earlier this spring, and has received the attention of expecting families. The shelves are stocked with children and baby clothing, cribs, strollers and car seats.

Stange has been married for 13 years to her husband Eugene, and is the mother of two boys, Cody, 13, and Brad, 10.

She recalls how frustrating it was to find all she needed for the boys when they were infants at a decent price.

With her store, customers can buy name brands without the worry of a hefty price tag.

“Although many of the items that I buy are lightly used, almost everything is still like new and most of it is a name brand,” Stange said. “I look through and make sure that the item is safe to be used again, and then I offer a certain price for the item.”

Stange spends her spare time cleaning items she stocks before they reach the store. She washes all of the clothing that she collects, and strips baby beds and strollers to make them as good as new.

To keep her stock growing, Stange buys new and gently used items from customers in the store every Thursday. She accepts and sells newborn clothing all the way up to junior sizes.