New Shop Lets Mom Dress Baby For Less

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Keeping the baby in clothes that fit is no easy task. Clothes for that bundle of joy are expensive and they are outgrown almost before the last snap comes out of the second or third wash.

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Bringing quality used babies' and children's clothes and accessories to the Rim country is a project close to the heart of Back of Rack & More owners Nicole Kosier, holding her daughter, Brennah, and Danielle Jones. When Nicole became a mother, she discovered how expensive new things are and how fast they are outgrown. She felt there was a real need for her store in Payson to help others with the problem she dealt with when Brennah arrived six months ago.

Nicole Kosier learned this lesson hands-on about six months ago when her daughter was born. She and her mother, Danielle Jones, opened Back on the Rack & More in December.

"I knew Payson needed something like this," Kosier said. "It's hard to get to Phoenix."

In addition to carrying like-new baby and children's clothes, Kosier and Jones also stock women's regular and maternity wear, plus some men's clothing. They also carry baby furniture and accessories and some toys.

"We carry quality merchandise -- it's all been cleaned and ironed -- at reasonable prices," Kosier said.

This is not Kosier's first business venture. She owned and operated her own hair and body salon, Ciao Bella Hair & Body Salon in Scottsdale for three years. She sold the shop, but has not yet been able to move to Payson, though that is something she hopes to do in the near future. She and her husband live in Gilbert, where he works for the post office, and she commutes.

Jones and her husband, Gary D. Jones, have been Payson residents 16 years. Gary owns JFC Construction, Kosier said.

Kosier and Jones have new inventory every day.

"If we don't have what you're looking for, we will look for it at our suppliers," Kosier said.

She and Jones go through wholesale people in Phoenix, Paradise Valley and Scottsdale to find the clothes they sell, plus they have an exchange program, which also adds to the inventory. The shop will accept good quality and in-style clothing and safe baby furniture and accessories. Currently, they are accepting spring and summer clothes.

Exchanges are only accepted on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The donor will be given a credit in the amount of 40 percent of the resale value of their items. This credit is for in-store use and is good for six months.

"We have had a good response since opening," Kosier said, "In fact, we have already doubled the size of the space we use."

Back on the Rack & More is at Suite 7 in Mario's Borgata, 600 E. Highway 260. The shop is open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday through Friday and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday. For more information, call (928) 472-3135.

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