By Terry Rogers
Sharleen Ramirez says that when her son was just a few months old, she went to his closet to get him something to wear and saw there were a lot of outfits that he had barely worn. The 2009 Milford High School graduate said she didn’t want to just get rid of them.
“They were so cute and they were almost brand new,” Ms. Ramirez said. “He is 16 months old now and we still have so many cute clothes that he has barely worn. Babies grow so fast they quickly grow out of their outfits. I worked for a non-profit that helped immigrants and low-income women. People would drop off donations, bags and bags of clothing. When they dropped them off, I watched the women actually fight over the things in it.” Ramirez said she knew there was a way to help these women get low-cost clothing for their children.
She realized that all of the used clothing stores that sold children’s clothes of higher quality were in Dover or Lewes. This presented a problem for women who had limited access to transportation. Ramirez decided that a used clothing store for children that sold newer items would be very beneficial as women with limited incomes could bring their clothing to the shop to sell them or use them as trade to get new outfits for their own children.
Twice Is Nice, the business that Ramirez opened to fit this need, held a ribbon cutting on Saturday, December 16. She accepts gently-used children’s clothing and offers those who bring in items either cash or store credit to purchase items. All clothing must be in good condition and cannot have holes or stains. Ramirez reviews all the clothing and determines what will fit into her inventory that she can resell.
“If there are items I cannot sell, like if they have holes or stains, you can donate them,” Ramirez said. “I will donate them to local women’s shelters and organizations that focus on women and children.”
Ramirez grew up in Puerto Rico, moving to Milford at 14 when her father got a job at Midway Services. It was difficult for her due to the language barrier as she was not only in a new area, but a completely new country. When she graduated from high school, she returned to Puerto Rico and entered nursing school. When she returned home at Christmas one year, her mother became ill and she decided to return to Milford. She obtained a degree and began working as a medical assistant. She currently works as the front desk receptionist at the Music School of Delaware Milford location, a job she intends to keep as she operates the store with the help of her family. Ms. Ramirez is also a freelance photographer.
Twice Is Nice is located in Penney Square on North Walnut Street. The store will be open Tuesday through Friday from 9 AM until 6 PM and on Saturday from 9 AM until 5 PM. They are closed on Sunday and Monday. Ms. Ramirez is buying clothes and anyone who wishes to bring in items should set up an appointment.
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