Her daughter was Debbie Firmstone’s inspiration for opening up her own shop selling vintage clothing and goods for babies and children.
Debbie, 40, even named her shop Bea’s Boutique after three-year-old Beatrice.
She said: “Bea was due to start pre-school and I’ve been quite mindful over the last few months about what I’m going to do.
“All my friends tell me how beautifully dressed she always is and how different she looks – I’ve got quite a creative side. And they said I’d do really well having my own business.”
So Debbie began selling outfits Bea had grown out of on eBay, a venture which grew into buying and selling at craft fairs and has culminated in Bea’s Boutique.
It is a hidden away treasure, located above Fellows Cafe in Westgate. An open space, Debbie has decked it out with rails of new and pre-loved clothing, toys, equipment, books and more.
The theme is very much vintage and traditional, with quality wooden toys and books by authors such as Enid Blyton at one end and hand-made clothes at the other. In the middle shoppers will find pre-loved clothes made by the likes of Monsoon, Next, Mini Mode and GAP, and new stocks of Sarah Louise, Coco and Abella. All second-hand items are freshly laundered. There is also a large range of maternity wear and nursing bras.
Debbie said: “I’m very excited about the business and very motivated, but also a little apprehensive.
“There’s a gap in the market in Grantham – there’s nowhere else to go to get something a bit special. And I would like to see more people shopping locally. I do think it’s very important that people support local businesses because that’s what makes Grantham.”
** If you have clothes, shoes, toys or books you would like to sell, call Debbie on 07888 679118 or message her through Facebook at www.facebook.com/beasboutiquegrantham