There are now over 1,000 people who are consigners at Designer Consigner, bringing merchandise to be sold and finding clothing, accessories and jewelry that appeal to their tastes. Owner Katie Ginn notes that there are about 2,000 items for sale at any time. Currently, she receives 50 – 100 new items each day. Her fashion consignment merchandise includes apparel, hats, shoes, scarves, jewelry and other accessories. Many people have dropped by to tell Katie, “I am so glad you’re here!”
Special featured items at the store now are lovely denim jackets created by Ganette Copeland. She makes the jackets using repurposed materials, including cashmeres, yard-dyed, hand woven and textiles. Each denim jacket is a unique work of art. Ganette says, “I have a passion for what I do.” She also loves that by repurposing the materials she is saving items from going to a landfill.
Katie Ginn created her unique quality women’s consignment clothing store in Freeland nine years ago. Her business venture began with a consignment book store. Katie opened Book Lovers at 1694 Main Street in Freeland 13 years ago. She had operated an on-line bookstore for several years, but she had a desire to have a “brick and mortar” store. “I needed a larger space, and wanted to have a storefront business and this was a natural transition.”
The success of Book Lovers grew as word got around that this was a wonderful place to browse and do trades for even more value. Then, after four years in the book business, one of Katie’s girlfriends brought in some quality clothing and asked if she might be interested in selling it. Katie agreed and then began thinking of another possibility. Her book sales had been declining as more people went shopping on the Internet. In March 2015, Katie officially became “Designer Consigner” in addition to Book Lovers, and soon transitioned to selling only women’s clothing and accessories.
Katie is quick to point out, “This is not a thrift shop. We only carry women’s clothing that looks like new, reflects current styles and is seasonal. Right now, we’re building our inventory of spring and summer clothing.” She sets the prices based upon research she does on the internet relating to the labels and quality of the items. She adds, “I am a shopper for quality clothing, and I love high end handbags” (there is an excellent selection Katie enjoys showing).
Katie has a contract her consigners complete. She agrees to keep a consignment item for 60 days, and if it is not sold by then, the seller can come by and pick it up or it will be donated to a thrift shop. She also invested in software and hardware for her new business. When the item sells, the software automatically sends an email, and the consigner can come in and pick up the money from the sale.
A new addition to the merchandise in the store is a selection of original greeting cards offered by artist, Roosje Wiedijk.
Designer Consigner is open Tuesday through Saturday, 11:00 a.m.to 5:00 p.m. Phone: 360-682-8084. Visit the website for more information: www.designerconsigneronwhidbey.com or check out the Facebook page: Designer Consigner