CherryT’s kids consignment shop opens

Keri Lago with mom Debbie Post.

Keri Lago with mom Debbie Post.

Orcas families looking to outfit their brood with affordable duds might be cheered to hear of CherryT’s, Eastsound’s new children’s clothing consignment shop. The store may even carry (new) kids’ socks, an island commodity so scarce and coveted that a bedraggled pair has been known to spark heated scuffles at the Exchange.

Proprietor Keri Lago has teamed up with her mother, Debbie Post, to fill what they see as a big need on Orcas.

“It’s something we have been kicking around for a while,” Lago said. “I have three kids and they go through clothes like crazy, and it’s not always easy to get off island to find that pair of jeans.”

Cherry T’s will hold its grand opening on June 19, offering “pre-loved” kids clothing and shoes, but not toys, high chairs or other tot accessories. The shop is located at 374 North Beach Road, Suite 1A.

Clothing will run from newborn to size 16 for older kids. Friends and family have donated a lot of clothing to help them get started, and Lago said they’re still looking for more items. The store offers a consignment split of 35 percent in cash or 45 percent in in-store credit.

So, why the name, CherryT’s?

“We wanted something catchy … that was fun for people, that they could easily say and remember,” Lago said, adding her daughter Alanna wanted to name her little brother Remy “Cherry” if he was a girl.

“But also, ‘cherry’ means things that are in mint condition,” she said.

Keri and her husband Ed, a work order clerk at OPALCO, have three children: Alanna, almost seven, Diego, five and Remy, three. Ed has two sons off island: Antonio, 14 and Mario, 16.

Keri was a marketing director in Bellevue before moving to Orcas six years ago; since then she has assisted part-time at Crow Valley Pottery, and calls herself “Girl Friday” for Mandy’s Hair Haven.

Debbie is a retired realtor, and she said being a full-time grandma is her new career. Her husband Rusty is still very active in real estate.

For more information, call 376-5450 or email: Regular store hours will be 11 a.m. to 5 p.m, but the hours are flexible for drop-off appointments.