Centerville High grad business lets women rent maternity and nursing clothes
Demand for maternity wear grew at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.5% between 2016 and 2020, and was expected to reach $21.6 billion in 2021, according to a recent survey. The demand for maternity clothes is expected to increase at a CAGR of 6.7% during the forecast period from 2021 to 2031.
Salgado said Bump in Bloom was conceived when her friend, Sabrina Tanner, was pregnant with her second child.
“She knew it was her last baby and told me how frustrating it was to buy expensive maternity clothes knowing it was her last child and reselling clothes was a problem,” he said. she stated. “She said, ‘I wish there was a service that allowed women to rent maternity clothes.’ She and I started talking about the reality of this idea and how it should work.
Salgado said when she was pregnant she didn’t want to buy maternity clothes because she thought it was “a waste of money” to only wear them for a few months and wanted to save money. space in his closet.
“I ended up stretching a lot of my non-maternity clothes, which meant I had to have a whole new wardrobe after shrinking to my pre-pregnancy size,” she said. . “Sabrina and I became business partners a week later for Bump in Bloom LLC. We want to help women throughout their pregnancy.
The business is operated from Salgado’s home in Colorado and Tanner’s home in Virginia.
Salgado said Bump in Bloom’s inventory is eco-friendly and sustainable and comes from people who are already pregnant as donations. She also buys second-hand clothes from individuals all over the country.
The company has high standards of cleanliness and every garment is thoroughly inspected between each rental, Salgado said. Not all donated clothing goes into Bump in Bloom’s inventory, she said.
“When a woman agrees to rent with us, she also agrees to wash the clothes before returning them,” Salgado said. “We inspect them upon delivery, then wash them a second time to make sure we don’t spread COVID-19 before it enters our inventory again.”
Molly Omohundro, an 18-month-old mother, is eight months pregnant with her second child. She called Bump in Bloom “a brilliant idea.”
“Maternity clothes are so expensive to buy and for this second pregnancy I should have bought a whole new season of them, so when I found Bump in Bloom it saved my life,” said Omohundro, of Berea, Kentucky. . “Renting from them has given me the opportunity to try on styles of clothing that I normally wouldn’t have purchased myself and has given me the opportunity to look very stylish this pregnancy.”