By Valerie Werkmeister
An overabundance of clothes in her own kids’ closet and the need for a career change sparked a new business venture for a Wadesville woman. Andrea Terhune recently traded in her cooking apron at North Elementary School after six years working in the cafeteria. She’s now proudly wearing the hat of a kids clothing consignment business.
When the home in between her own house and her mother’s house went up for sale, she and her husband, David, decided to purchase it with the intention of finding someone to renting. But, the need to do something with her children’s closets that were bursting at the seams piqued the idea of a consignment shop which is dedicated solely to kids.
She has three children who attend North Posey Schools. Taylor Perry, 13, Haley Terhune, age 11 and Reece Terhune, 7.
The busy mom did her research prior to opening. She talked with other moms who had similar problems – too many clothes and a desire to control the waste.
“I had a lot of positive feedback from other moms I talked to about opening a consignment shop,” she said. “When I decided to open, I had so many consignors dropping things off. The place was just full of consignments.”
She plans to offer items for infants up to college age or young adult. Clothing must be in style, but does not necessarily have to be name brand. She will take all types of clothing as long as there are no stains or tears. Items must be clean and folded when dropped off. They can be dropped off in plastic totes, boxes or bags.
Shoppers can easily browse separate rooms for infants, boys and girls organized in each age range.
There is limited space for large furniture items, but she has developed a unique idea to still offer them for sale. Sellers can take a picture of the furniture item and display it on a bulletin board at her shop. Interested buyers can contact the seller directly. Terhune says she will take only a small percentage of the sale and the rest of the profit will go to the seller.
In exchange for the consignment, Terhune will split the profit with the seller 50/50. However, big ticket items such as formals or prom dresses will have special consideration. In most situations, the consignor will have the opportunity to set their own price and Terhune will only share a small portion of the profit.
Currently, she is only accepting fall or winter type clothing. Spring and summer clothing will be accepted in March. She also hopes to receive prom dresses in February. Toys must be clean, in working order and have all of its parts. Loose or miscellaneous items will not be accepted.
Every three months, Terhune will send out checks to consignors who have sold items. Consignors may also use store credit to purchase other items in the store. She will keep items for a total of four months before returning them to the consignor or rotating them out for donation to churches, Goodwill or the Salvation Army.
The shop is located on the north side of Highway 66 in Wadesville at 7298 Highway 66. It will be open daily, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and also on Saturday, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. The phone number is 673-4110.
By Valerie Werkmeister
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