When 42-year-old Jennifer Briley moved to Puyallup from Tennessee three years ago, she had just become a grandmother.
As she shopped for clothes and toys for her granddaughter, Rhys, it wasn’t long before she realized there was something she was used to seeing in Tennessee that Puyallup seemed to be missing.
Years later, Briley opened Weecycled LLC in downtown Puyallup with her husband, Delbert. The couple’s consignment shop recycles used kids toys, clothes and other accessories by selling them to other parents or family members.
“That’s our specialty — gently used items,” Briley said. “We have pretty much anything to do with babies and children. The process is they can bring (items) in and leave (them) and we go through (them). We want things to go to people who can use them.”
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Where she lived in Tennessee, Briley says there were many children’s clothing stores. Once Upon A Child is one in particular that deals with the resale of children’s clothing.
That’s our specialty — gently used items. We have pretty much anything to do with babies and children. The process is they can bring (items) in and leave (them) and we go through it. We want things to go to people who can use them.
Jennifer Briley, owner of Weecycled, LLC
“There was nothing in Puyallup at the time (we moved),” Briley said about consignment baby clothing shops. “We felt that there was a need here for these types of things. We wanted another option.”
Before she became a grandmother, Briley raised three children herself — a girl and two boys — who are now in their 20s.
“I know how expensive it can be to be a mother of a young child,” Briley said.
The couple started out with about five racks of clothing when they opened in the spring of 2016, but as business picked up, the shop grew. Weecycled now offers a variety of baby and children’s products, including bottles, cribs, toys, books, towels, sleep sacks, car seats and shoes. But the largest bulk of their items remains clothing, from newborn sizes and larger. The shop also carries maternity clothing.
When a consigner’s items are sold, they get a fraction of the selling price in return. The baby items people bring in come from online or other stores, which makes the boutique’s collection varied and different from other shops, Briley said.
“We don’t all shop at the same place,” Briley said. “So I get a variety of things and things that you don’t see every day.”
We don’t all shop at the same place. So I get a variety of things and things that you don’t see every day.
At the front of the shop, Briley set up a display of Christmas outfits for the upcoming holidays. The “WeeHawk” display shows off Seahawks gear meant for little ones.
Weecycled offers a chance to parents and family members to find the items that they need at an affordable price, says Briley.
“I’d like people to know that (Weecycled) is an option,” she said. “Most people tell us that our prices are good. We have a lot of repeat customers. This is a great way if you want to get your stuff to someone who needs it.”
For Briley, storefront shopping has always been her preferred way of shopping, and as a business owner she enjoys meeting the people who pop in to shop or drop off clothing.
“I love meeting new people,” she said. “I’ve made several friends by people just coming in and talking. That’s the part that I love.”
Weecycled LLC is open Tuesdays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m on 210 N. Meridian in downtown Puyallup. The shop is closed on Sundays and Mondays. For more information, visit the Weecycled Facebook page or weecycledllc.com.