When Kristen Favata cut the ribbon in front of her shop Cliché at 100 Wyoming Avenue in the former Rygiel Photography Studio, she officially opened the fourth consignment shop along a one-mile stretch of Wyoming Avenue in Wyoming/Exeter.
Not according to Favata or her friend Chastity Krakosky, whose shop Lolliposh has been opened just north of Cliché on the Ave at 1841 in Exeter since last October.
Krakosy said consignment shops feed off each other. “If we don’t have certain items that our shoppers are looking for and need immediately, we’ll always point them towards some of the other local consignment stores that we think might have what they’re looking for.”
Favata said consignment shoppers like it when when shops are clustered, so they can browse them all on the same day.
The Rygiel storefront fit Favata’s needs. “I loved the lay out and it was ready to go. I heard good things about the Rygiels. Perfect location, with high volume traffic. The numbers of people who come in who say the only shop consignment is unbelievable.”
Consignment shoppers can get quality, lightly-used clothes, accessories, toys and gifts for a fraction of their retail cost. Another advantage to consignment shopping is each shops’ stock is unique.
Favata describes her stock as clothes and accessories, such as women purses and shoes, for ages 16 to 55.
Favata said consignment shops support local people. Local people both consign items for sale and buy them. Favata also has small vendor displays of local artists including Angela Welby’s handmade beaded wine glasses, Nicole Ciali’s handmade jewelry, Mary Price’s handmade soap.
Cliché is closed Monday and open Tuesday to Saturday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 4.
Angela Welby’s work is also at Lolliposh, where Krakosy described her shop this way: “We specialize in apparel and footwear for newborns to pre-teens. All items are name-brand and lightly used, with some of the inventory new with tags. We have many types of children’s toys, movies and games. We also sell various types of unique gifts, jewelry and other accessories which are all handmade by local crafters. In today’s economy, shoppers could get some great deals and save a lot of money.”
Krakosy said with three small boys she started as a consignment shopper, before taking a chance on a business. She did research online looking for a name and came up with Lolliposh. “We thought about calling it Lollipops, but were afraid people would think is was a candy store. So we ended up just combining that with the type of clothing and items we wanted to sell.”
Lolliposh is open Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Ed and Janine Hennigan opened R Kids 2 Yours at 287 in 2002 and have since moved about a block away to 10 W. Eighth Street in the Cutten Block Building on the corner of the Avenue and Eighth. The store offers a wide selection of lightly-used, brand name children’s and maternity apparel and toys, books, videos and baby equipment.
Hours are listed as Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
At Treasure Avenue at 235 Wyoming Avenue between Sixth and Eighth Streets, Evelyn Norton described her shop as “a min- T, J. Max.”
She opened last July. She stocks mostly brand name men’s and boys’ and women’s and girls’ clothes and accessories. She also has housewares. The hours are noon the 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.