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York consignment store owners working together
Eight York-area consignment stores are participating in the county's third annual Consignment Week for April 3-9.
The eight stores — Something Old Something New, Fashion Cents Consign and Redesign, The Top Drawer , Mish Mash, My Girlfriend’s Wardrobe, Twice Upscale Resale , The Little Green Owl and Mommy’s Lil Rascals — are offering visitors during the week a chance to win gift certificates, according to Alexandria Keener, owner of York City's My Girlfriend's Wardrobe.
Consignment stores sell new or gently used items for others at prices traditionally much lower than retail value.
Participants in York's Consignment Week can submit one entry per store visited for the chance to be one of three winners who will receive a $20 gift certificate to each store.
Keener, whose store exclusively consigns women's clothing and accessories, said the promotion has greatly aided business at all local consignment stores during the first two years.
"We all see new customers," she said. "We're not really competition because we all have different things."
Linda Heindel, owner of Fashion Cents in Springettsbury Township, said her store's sales more than double during the week.
Heindel's store sells women's and teen's clothing and accessories, as well as furniture and home decor. With other York consignment shops selling items including children's clothing or formal wear, Heindel said the variety allows all the stores to operate successfully.
"There are a lot of frugal shoppers in this area," she said. "It's enough to support everybody."
Keener said the local shop owners communicate fairly often through a Facebook group, and Heindel said the eight organize a group dinner once or twice a year.
All eight stores are within a 20-minute drive of each other, Keener said.
Keener said all the stores are very picky about what items they'll accept and sell in their shops.
"It needs to be new or like new, and in style," she said.
The store will then list the item for approximately one-third to one-half off retail value and, if the item sells, 40 percent of the profit goes to the original owner. If the item does not sell for 90 days, it will be returned to the owner or donated.
Keener estimated that she donates 2,000-3,000 items to charity per year from her shop.
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