If you’ve ever spent time on Water Street in Warren, you’ve probably seen the sign for Luca, a well-known designer kids consignment shop where you can outfit your child from head to toe at a fraction of the retail price.
Diane Jennings opened Luca in 2011 and moved into a larger space in 2013. The shop feels less like a consignment shop than a children’s boutique: there are large windows, wooden floors, bright green walls, a play area for the kids, and a dressing room. Regulars pop in to scope out one-of-a-kind items from on-trend brands such as crewcuts, Mini Boden, Tea Collection, Lily Pulitzer, Nike, Under Armour, and Vineyard Vines. “We choose items based on seasonality, market demands, brand recognition, and, of course, condition,” says Jennings.
There’s a wide range of shoes, from sneakers to sandals, as well as stylish accessories (some brand new) and maternity clothes for moms-to-be. The shop also carries baby gear such as high chairs and strollers, lacrosse and hockey gear, plus leotards and dance shoes. Best selling apparel includes Hunter wellies, Keen sandals, and L.L. Bean outerwear, as well as dollhouses and art easels.
“It’s rewarding to see items leave the store and be enjoyed by families, then circle back around and be useful again,” says Jennings. “The life cycle of well-made products is
truly fascinating to me.”
193 Water Street, Warren