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According to Autumn Stull, “tiny humans are the best humans.”
And through her store, Bumps & Bundles, a maternity and children’s consignment shop in Golden, Stull has gotten to get-to-know many of Golden’s tiny humans.
“It’s fun to watch their growth,” Stull said of the moms-and-dads who came into her store, newly expecting, looking like a “deer in headlights.”
Through the years, Stull said, she has made lifelong friendships with the parents as their children have grown up — from pregnancy to baby’s first steps to the child’s first day of kindergarten.
“Motherhood is a special time (but) pregnancy can be a tough transition,” Stull said. “I try to make it fun for them. It makes me feel good to give advice and help a woman feel good.”
Meet the mommies
Maternity clothes, baby toys, items for potty training.
“There’s so much stuff that comes along with parenting,” said Ashley Cooley of Golden.
Cooley, 35, has been shopping at Bumps & Bundles since the summer of 2016 when she was pregnant with her first child, L.J. Hydle, who will be 3 in December. Her other child, Bo Hydle, is 3 ½ months old.
“The thing I enjoy most about motherhood is seeing my children learn new things, and the laughter and joy they bring to our lives,” Cooley said. And “being a mom in Golden is great because it is a small, supportive and active community.”
Cooley enjoys stopping into Bumps & Bundles because Stull always has a great inventory of “cute things,” she said. But another reason Cooley enjoys the store is because it’s more environmentally friendly than going to a big box retail store to purchase something new and then discard it after the child had outgrown it.
“If you’re on the hunt for something, especially a big-ticket item, give (Stull) a call,” Cooley said. “She is networked in the baby world of Golden.”
Shahara Mattingly believes the greatest things about being a mother is rediscovering how to be playful and being present in every moment.
“There’s no better teacher than your children who need your attention all the time,” Mattingly said.
Mattingly, 38, was born and raised in Golden and is now raising her two children — Charlotte, 7, and Orion, 2 — in the community. She referred to Bumps & Bundles as her home base for all things baby and motherhood.
“It’s more than just shopping,” Mattingly said. “There’s meaning and personalization wrapped into everything.”
Mattingly started shopping at Bumps & Bundles in the spring of 2012 when she was pregnant with her first child. At the time, she needed business-casual maternity clothes for work.
Today, she visits the store to shop, consign items and simply catch up with Stull.
“Becoming a new mom is probably the most vulnerable time in a woman’s life,” Mattingly said. But Stull “has a way of putting people at ease. (Bumps & Bundles) is her passion project and that shines through with the work that she does.”
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