About Mimi's Preloved
Our story began in 2016, I was on maternity leave with my second child – I’m Eve by the way. I’d always wanted to open a children’s clothes shop and having 2 children of my own who were both growing at a rate of knots – I knew the savviness in buying pre owned but often found it challenging finding the good quality stuff!!
In spring 2016 whilst visiting our local soft play with my children, an opportunity arose – A way that I could do just that and offer other local mums and dads a way of buying and selling their great quality children’s outgrown clothing too.
I went for it and despite being busy with a newborn and an active 3 year old I got set planning, all was going well until I was hit with the news that my mum – known to us as Mimi and whom I am very close too, was diagnosed with cancer for the second time. She was facing 6 weeks of grueling chemotherapy and daily radiotherapy sessions – I was devastated. Needless to say, Trying to juggle 2 small children, hospital trips with my mum and worrying about my grandma (my mums mum) who sadly had a stroke in the middle of it all too, setting up a business with less than 6 weeks until the shop was due to open was all proving too much for me! I was worried sick, immensely stressed and I was not coping too well at all – I was ready to give up my plans and new business to help relieve some of the stress.
Then my mum, despite everything she was going through, gave me the motivation I needed. She told me not to give up on what I had worked so hard for, how strong I was and how proud she was of me regardless.. Looking back that’s basically what I had been saying to her, That gave me the motivation I needed to push through and carry on. She gave me that motivation, I wanted to do it for her and in light of that, I decided to name the shop Mimi’s Children’s Boutique – It just felt right.
The shop opened in September 2016 and over the course of the first year I had gained many happy customers from across the county both buying and selling outgrown children’s clothing and footwear and being a small shop the rapid growth meant I was literally bursting at the seems.
But sadly in late 2017 unforeseen circumstances arose which meant I was no longer able to trade in the premises I was subletting, being so sudden and so close to Christmas I took some time out to work on a way forward and as a result of that I decided to re brand online.
Mimi’s Preloved was formed in early 2018 – offering the convenience of buying and selling quality outgrown children’s clothing from the comfort of your own home easily and hassle free! Something I’m sure many busy mums and dads out there will appreciate!
I have a new member of staff coming on board to help manage things and I hope that although being online I can still provide the same personal, hassle free experience to you and welcome new and existing customers to Mimi’s Preloved.
Oh and Incase you are wondering at the time of this website being launched (spring 2018) Mimi has been cancer free for over a year now 🙂