TEMPLE TERRACE — Giggy Morales thinks she’s found a new friend — not necessarily to pal around with but a person she believes has her best interests at heart.
That someone is Cortney Holly, owner of the recently opened Kidz Kabana Consignment & Boutique at 12222 N. 56th St. in the University Place strip mall.
Morales, a resident of Temple Terrace who will soon welcome an infant female foster child with the intention of adopting her, met Holly a short time ago via an Internet search. She was looking for reasonably priced gently used baby necessities, including furniture, apparel and various other apparatuses to assist her in her role as a new mom.
“She and her new store are amazing and I’ll definitely be back,” said Morales, noting that Holly was very hospitable and helpful when the mom-to-be inquired about several items among the extensive inventory within the store’s 2,200-square-foot space.
“She made me feel very comfortable and she was very humble, very sincere,” said Morales, who also was impressed when Holly sold her a couple of things at less than their marked prices due to her unique circumstances.
Strollers, car seats, cribs, mattresses, play pens, high chairs, gliders books, toys, shoes, hats and clothing in sizes preemie though 18 are among her wide range of infant- and child-related stock.
“We try to focus on name-brand items,” Holly said.
She also carries children’s generic school uniforms, specialty items like girls’ dance tutus and an assortment of made-to-order and one-of-a-kind creations she hand makes. Infant-sized T-shirts that sport team names and logos, plus a mix of colorful headbands and hair bows are among them.
With Holly’s guidance and suggestions Morales bought a crib, stroller, car seat, baby monitor and bottle warmer.
“I was impressed, too, because everything is very, very organized and very, very clean,” Morales said. “I’d recommend this place to anyone with the blink of an eye.”
Timothy Verpaele, who together with his wife, Taquesta and his mother, who happened to notice a small sign with the store’s name posted near the entrance to the strip mall, stopped in to take a peek a couple of weeks ago.
Timothy said their interest was sparked by the fact the couple are expecting their first child (a girl) near the end of December.
“It’s a brilliant idea and I loved it, not to mention I had to drag my mother and wife out of the store,” he said.
The trio left with two diaper bags and a dresser.
“That was our first time and I’m sold.” Timothy said. “Why pay high prices when you only use these things a short time.”
Consignees earn 40 percent of the price for which the items are sold. Whatever is not sold within a reasonable period of time is donated to area charities.
“We like to keep things fresh and updated and that way nothing goes to waste,” Holly said.
Store hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Visit www.kidzkabanaconsignment.weebly.com or call (813) 374-0275 for more information.