Tuesday Aug 14 2012
Resell and consignment clothing shops abound in?AuburnBy: Gloria Young, Journal Staff Writer
Whether it’s browsing for clothing bargains or looking to consign, resell shops are thriving in Auburn. More than a dozen stores offer plenty of selection for all ages and sizes. One of the oldest used-clothing stores is Second Act on Elm Avenue in Downtown Auburn. Owner June Francis moved it to its current location behind Rowdy Randy’s 17 years ago. Prior to that, it was a couple of blocks away on High Street. There’s everything from formal dresses to sportswear. There’s also jewelry, kitchen and bath items, bedding, curtains and bric-a-brac, jigsaw puzzles, books, DVDs and even record albums. “A couple of weeks ago someone came in and went through the selection and bought a couple,” said store employee Eve, who declined to provide her last name. Sale racks outside and in the back offer 75 percent discount on the already modest price tags. This month the red tag items are marked down. “Every month the color changes,” she said. On the other side of downtown, Kids Closet specializes in clothing, furniture, toys and accessories for newborns through preteen, and maternity wear. There are also plenty of books for every age group. Owner Denise Cardona opened in 2003 on Palm Avenue and moved to the Lincoln Way location in 2008. Cardona has seen some changes in shopping patterns over the years. “More people are coming in to shop but they buy just what they came in for,” she said. “Before, people would come in to shop for one thing and would bring lots of things up to the counter to buy. … (Another) thing I’ve noticed is our prices are less now than when we opened nine or 10 years ago. It’s because competition from the new stores is incredible and we’ve had to lower our prices to compete.” At the same time, there’s been a shift in the perception of used items. “When we first opened, a lot of new moms wouldn’t think of buying resale, but now it has become environmentally friendly to shop for resale so that has made it very popular,” she said. Juliana Dent’s Loved Again Children’s Boutique on Grass Valley Highway also specializes in maternity and children’s clothing. “Every item I have in the store people brought in to me,” she said. Along with young families, many of her customers are “grandparents who like to buy used toys and baby equipment for their houses,” she said. A few shops specialize in vintage apparel. Paul Kashuba’s Whistle Stop on Nevada Street has fashions dating from the 1970s and earlier. Visitors will also find plenty of furniture and a wide variety of other items. “I like to tell people my store has all the departments,” Kashuba said. He purchases many of his finds at garage and yard sales. “My main source is the neighborhood. I live in Weimar and I shop the 30-mile perimeter,” he said. Some stores offer a mix of new and resell clothing and products, including Chic Boutique on Grass Valley Highway and Ro-Sham-Bo in Downtown Auburn. A substantial number of Auburn’s resell stores are run by nonprofits on an all-volunteer basis. The Assistance League of Greater Placer’s thrift store is in the Fiddler Green Plaza on Grass Valley Highway. Money raised goes to local programs. “Our main focus is women and children,” said substitute manager Nancy Espinoza, who has been a volunteer for 12 years. “We have several programs that benefit women and children. Also, the whole community would be included in our community outreach and dressing for success programs. For children, we do a huge clothing thing just before school starts. We dress lots of kids for school. We also do hygiene kits for some grades at school, give dictionaries to third- and fourth-graders and do tutoring in the schools. We also have the Angels for Aging program. We adopt people in nursing homes who have no relatives or friends to visit them. We visit them and take the place of family and friends.” The American Cancer Society Discovery Shop on Grass Valley Highway raises funds to support national and local cancer programs. Peace By Peace thrift store, also on Grass Valley Highway, raises funds to benefit the local shelter for battered women and children. St. Joseph’s Catholic Church Thrift Shop supports charities chosen by the church and St. Luke’s Victorian Attic Thrift Shop supports the Auburn Christmas and Thanksgiving programs, Auburn Interfaith Food Closet and other causes. Sutter Auburn Faith Hospice Thrift Store funds hospice services. Salvation Army’s High Street store funds a variety of programs to help the needy. There’s also a Goodwill store on Grass Valley Highway. Reach Gloria Young at gloriay@ goldcountrymedia.com. ----------- Following is a partial list of Auburn-area resell clothing shops. If you know of others, please add them to the story at auburnjournal.com: American Cancer Society Discovery Shop, 2376 Grass Valley Highway Assistance League of Greater Placer Thrift Shop, 1263 Grass Valley Highway Chic Boutique, 1269 Grass Valley Highway Get Dressed!, 1021 Lincoln Way Goodwill, 2460 Grass Valley Highway Kids Closet, 948 Lincoln Way Loved Again Children’s Boutique, 4076 Grass Valley Highway My Girlfriends Closet, 2968 Highway 49, Cool Peace by Peace Thrift Store, 1310 Grass Valley Highway Ro-Sham-Bo, 923 Lincoln Way Salvation Army, 510 High St., Downtown Auburn St. Joseph Catholic Church Thrift Store, 1162 Lincoln Way St. Luke’s Victorian Attic, 148 Lewis St. Sutter Auburn Faith Hospice Thrift Shop, 13342 Lincoln Way Those Were the Days Vintage Clothing, 343 Commercial St., Old Town Whistle Stop, 111 Nevada St.