When Sylvia Evans and Adam Voelker took over Rosebuds & Rosestuds—a So Pas children’s consignment store—in January of this year, they wanted to preserve the reputation of the popular business, which has been around for five years. Voelker, who owns a construction company, and Evans, a direct patient care nurse at Huntington Hospital, wanted the opportunity to become more involved in the community.
“All of our kids go to school and play sports in this community, so it’s been great because we see people we know,” said Evans. “Adam and I are both super ‘people’ people, and owning this store allows us to continue to work with people, which we both love to do. It’s just on a whole different level now—folding onesies.”
“We love being here. We meet a lot of people, and we’ll often run into the people we see in our store around town, like at restaurants when we go out to eat. The community here has been really welcoming,” Voelker added.
Rosebuds & Rosestuds sells a wide variety of new and consigned goods, ranging from booster chairs and strollers to clothes and toys. It also carries high-end brands from places like Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus and features more than 1,000 consigners that come from all over, ensuring that the store’s inventory is frequently restocked. Those interested in selling items on consignment are asked to call the store and make an appointment in advance.
“Most of our prices are comparable to the used prices on Amazon,” said Evans. “We have a wide spectrum of prices with something for everyone here. The only items we don’t accept on consignment are cribs, infant car seats and breast pumps. We offer 90-day consignment and when the items sell, the store receives a percentage and our consigners receive a percentage. We get a lot of foster parents coming in who love the variety of things that we offer, as well as millennials who love the concept of recycling and reusing. We also sell new toys, books and clothes, and we offer gift wrapping services to people who come in looking to pick up a gift.”
Many customers also inquire about the paintings on the walls, which depict colorful scenes such as beaches, tractors and vintage automobiles. They were painted by Voelker’s dad and select pieces of his art are for sale. “My dad is an artist so he painted all of these different scenes,” said Voelker. “One piece of his in particular that draws a lot of attention is the painting of Pasadena City Hall, which sits in our window. A lot of people come in off the street to inquire about that one.”
“A lot of our customers will stay in here and chat for an extra 45 minutes after purchasing items,” said Evans. “Because we have a blended family of four children, there are a lot of experiences that we can share with our customers. We also keep a box of cookies around at all times for the kids that come in with their moms, which has ended up being a save-all. It soothes everyone—moms, dads, babies and us. I think with our experience as parents, we know at times what makes parents happy and kids calm.”
The store also has a wish-list book, which gives customers the opportunity to write down the items that they are looking for. Evans and Voelker go through the book every morning, as it helps them with the process of choosing inventory to carry in the store.
“Stay tuned,” said Evans. “We have a lot of ideas and visions for the store, the community and kids. We want to offer some different programs, including bilingual reading time and music. I would definitely recommend that people come by and check us out when they get a chance, because our inventory changes daily and there’s always something new here.”
Rosebuds & Rosestuds is located at 1012 Mission St., in South Pasadena. It is open Monday – Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call (626) 403-7673.
Rosebuds & Rosestuds Business Spotlight appeared in the print edition of the South Pasadena Review on 4.19.19. Support Local Business.