New children’s thrift boutique opens on Spring Street
Pair of local sisters opened the boutique earlier this year
– Earlier this year, two local sisters founded Patch – Children’s Thrift Boutique and opened their doors at 632 Spring Street in Paso Robles. Owner Alayna Earhart, and her sister Sara Earhart, have created what they call their “dream space.”
After working a combined 20+ years in the food industry, Alayna and Sara decided to switch to children’s retail as their family expanded. “We wanted families to come in thinking that they are walking into an expensive high-end boutique, but then look at the price tag and see a great deal,” said Alayna Earhart, “Growing up as the youngest sibling in a family of four girls, I have always known there was a need for affordability when it came to raising kids.”
Patch offers a variety of children’s items from newborn to preteen that are in new or gently used condition. They have also expanded to provide a maternity and post-partum selection as well. Priced competitively with large box stores, the Earhart sisters say they hope to provide affordable options for families of all shapes and sizes. Fighting against raising inflation costs, Patch vows to keep their prices low and affordable. “There is no reason why someone should have to spend an uncomfortable amount of money on something their kid may use only one time,” said Alayna.
Sara and Alayna used raw materials such as ropes, oil pipes, chains, and tree branches to create their displays in the store, where everything was either refurbished or recycled from local finds. “Our ultimate goal is to promote recycling and sustainability; from what we sell to how we sell it,” says Sara.
Along with hosting a variety of sales and events, Patch also supports local artisans by displaying their work as “featured artists” each month.