THE founder of a pre-loved baby clothes store in Glasgow says she can’t believe how far the store has come since it opened a decade ago.
The ride, based on Nithsdale Road in the southern quarter of the city, has just celebrated its tenth anniversary.
The social enterprise first opened in 2012. It was the brainchild of local mother and environmental activist Sam Moir, who after the birth of her son realized how quickly he was getting too big for his clothes and equipment.
Overwhelmed by the cost of buying new items for him, she wanted to change the perception of the occasion and make it easy for parents to buy and donate high-quality items.
It’s a go-to store where families can buy and donate baby clothes and gear, saving parents money and saving the planet.
Nearly 250,000 items, including slippers, life jackets, high chairs and cots, have been repatriated over the past ten years.
If all the preloved items were lined up, they would stretch 110 miles, from the west coast to the east coast of Scotland, and they would weigh ten elephants (75 tons).
Ms Moir said: “I am overwhelmed by the success of Merry-go-round and the generosity of the local community.
“Since we opened, so many families have changed their perception of the occasion and embraced a more sustainable lifestyle. Having a baby shouldn’t be expensive.
“Honestly, I can’t believe how much has happened in the last ten years and how far we’ve come.
“It exceeded all my expectations and it’s thanks to our ride staff who make it brilliant every day and our wonderful local families who welcomed and supported us.
“I’m so excited for the next chapter and for us to get better and better.”
Merry-go-round has also distributed 3,600 bags of free clothing, diapers, books and toys to families in need, and has more than 160 community partners delivering the bags to local families.
A party was held over the weekend to celebrate the social enterprise’s special milestone.