Consignment and resale shops are popping up on every corner in Marshall County and there’s a good reason for it: demand.
Now more than ever consumers are looking for ways to stretch a dollar and they are finding it in the form of consignment store bargains on everything from clothing to housewares.
Krista Crouch of Hidden Treasures Consignment on the court square in Benton said she and her dad opened the business in February 2010 because they felt the economy had created a need for people to find quality merchandise at affordable prices.
Like Hidden Treasures, most of the consignment stores in the county carry primarily clothing for all members of the family, children and adults alike. Others, like The Jungle Monkey which recently opened in Draffenville and Amazingly You on Main Street limit their shops to children’s clothing exclusively.
With back-to-school time here, parents are often able to satisfy their children’s desire to wear name brand articles of clothing without paying mall prices. Many of the shops in the county carry names like American Eagle, Hollister and Abercrombie. Some of the clothing is so gently worn it looks brand new.
One county consignment shop has been around since before resale shops became trendy. For more than 32 years, The Answer has been serving as the premiere spot for those wishing to make some money from items they no longer need and for those looking for a bargain. The Answer bills itself as “The Largest Consignment Store in the MidSouth.” Owners Brooks and Revell Taylor carry everything from clothing to furniture and appliances.
Amazingly You, located in the purple house on Main Street in Benton, is the county’s newest resale shop. Owners Kala Seavers and Justina Ethridge have dedicated part of their store to consignment and part to a boutique of handmade items. They are hoping to attract the shopper looking for a good deal on gently worn children’s clothing.
The New-To-You Shop at 17 Cope Road in Benton has been voted Marshall County’s Number 1 Thrift Shop in the Tribune-Courier’s Reader’s Choice poll for six years in a row. Affiliated with the United Methodist Church, the shop accepts donations for resale.
Lisa Mellies, is a United Methodist church member who volunteers at New-To-You. “My husband has said to me before that this is the only place I volunteer for that actually costs me money,” she said.
New To You uses all proceeds from the sale of items to help the church community in the county, whether that be for families in need or for mission trips.
Marshall County is not alone in seeing an explosion of consignment and resale shops. According to the Association of Resale Professionals, the industry has grown at a rate of 7 percent nationwide in the past two years.
The association contributes the growth of the industry to the recent years of economic flux. “While people watched their retirement accounts dwindle, resale shopping has attracted even more consumers. A new breed of shopper has discovered resale and is taking advantage of the values found in both purchasing and consigning or selling gently-used items,” according to a press release on the association’s website.
The association predicts continued growth within the industry saying “the designer suit, with new-store tags still attached, that sells for a tenth of its original price is not a myth... it happens every day. The room furnished completely in recycled style for less than $1,000 has even become commonplace. But the true gold mine is the constant savings resale shoppers realize every day, both in their personal budgets and in the reduction of waste by the recycling of gently-used good possessions.”