Melissa Baxter-Back By Popular Demand
As the creator of www.atlantaconsignmentstores.com I had a vision to unite the resale industry in the Atlanta, Ga area and beyond. I wanted one central location for all shoppers who were living or visiting Atlanta the ability to shop resale/consignment with ease and avoid wasting time searching online endlessly for stores that were neither open or what they needed. I wanted potential customers to meet the stores and preview them before they ventured out to the stores themselves and for all to see how great the industry as a whole is. I believe that this industry is one that will always prosper, grow, expand and revitalize the way we shop "used". I started working in consignment at the age of 15 for my first summer job and never dreamed that 5 years later I would buy my first store and begin the life-long adventure known as consignment. Since then I have expanded my original store, opened a juniors store and opened a designer store in Marietta. I can truly say that I love it more and more each year. I love the constant change and challenge that it give me and my staff and am so grateful that God gave me an opportunity to work in an industry that I didn't even know I would love. (he always knows what's best) In my spare time I do triathalons, dog rescue and read everything. God, family and my two min pins are what's important to me.
Bonnie Kallenberg-Finders Keepers
I purchased Finders Keepers from Reba Brown, the original owner, in 1990 after working part-time at the shop--so I knew what I was getting into...With a degree in marketing from GSU and an entrepreneurial spirit inherited from my dad, I developed a vision for the business that I work toward every day. My husband, Parke, is my biggest supporter--meaning "works tirelessly for free" and I have 2 children, Casey who runs one of my stores and Corey, who just graduated from college and has begun his career in network security engineering. When I'm not working or in a meeting I can be found running, in yoga class or on the dock at Lake Sinclair.
Shelly Kenner-Shelly's Clothesline
I love working at my store, which is very near my home, my book club, my bridge club & my gardening. I've worked at my store about 21 years and I've owned it 8 years.
Linda Morado-Le Dress Boutique
Linda Morado is a 21 year veteran of the mortgage industry who decided to change her life while on a trip to Costa Rica in 2008. After attending numerous corporate awards events, and seeing the dresses pile up in her closet, she decided to open Le Dress Boutique, Luxury Consignment. She lives in an ECO loft in Chamblee, with her husband Jesse, and mini dachshund, MIMO (mini Morado).
Nancy Scalera-B Chic Designer Consignment
I opened B Chic in 2007 after working 20 plus years in corporate marketing for a fortune 500 company. Growing up, I loved to shop for designer clothing in the garment district and warehouses of New York city, sample sales and of course consignment. I opened this shop because I enjoy helping women get cool clothing at great value. And I am excited to be part of this fun, growing business.
Jayna Thompson-Alexis Suitcase
Jayna Thompson grew up in Atlanta and from a very young age knew she wanted to own a shop, playing pretend shop owner with her friends "ringing them up" on her adding machine. She attended Georgia Tech and majored in business management. After college she went to work at her brother's e-commerce company learning the ins and outs of running a business. After working there for four years she was ready to take the leap into business ownership. With the help of her mom, she opened her first store in Sandy Springs in April 2005. Since then that location has doubled in size and she opened a second store in Duluth in April 2009. She has two rescue dogs and lives with her husband, Chad.
Robin Burns- The Perfect Piece
Robin Burns lives in Suwanee, GA with her husband, Rusty and 2 children Blake (11) and Brenna (7). She grew up in Stone Mountain and attended Tucker High School. She graduated from the University of Alabama with her degree in Interior Design in 1990. She has a passion for her family, furniture store as well as Alabama football. During her free time, she loves to travel and relax with her family and friends.
Vicki Naso-Designer Consigner
I absolutely love the consignment industry, especially in women's apparel. I thrive on the fast pace and excitement of the business. It's thrilling to see all the new items come in every day. And the best part is being surrounded by amazing people - the customers, business contacts, consignors, and the awesome group of ladies I have the privilege to work with.
Outside the shop, my passions are running, working out, North Point Community Church, live music, and my 2 treasures - Maddie and Zach
Jenny Eid-Southen Comforts
Collecting and bargain shopping has been a passion of mine for most of my life. It began with my grandmother who put me on the path of hunting treasures from an early age. My passion became something that I wanted to share with others, thus the opening of Southern Comforts Consignments in Dunwoody, Georgia in 2003. Our success in the Dunwoody location led to the opening of our second store in Alpharetta, Georgia in 2008, which is also thriving. Our stores are filled with beautiful items from our vast array of wonderful consignors: furniture – home accessories – antiques – jewelry. We receive new consignments seven days a week, so it’s a new store every time you shop! We hold our values of customer service, community and family as the foundation of our business. Our goal is that Southern Comforts is not just a store, but an experience. The Joy of Southern Comforts is the Treasure Hunt!
Terry & Betty Anderson-Fun Finds & Designs
My husband and I moved to Canton GA in 2005. As an interior designer for 25 years, I began to conceptualize an interior design business close to home. I had shopped consignment stores my entire career and thought it would be a great idea to bring upscale home décor consignment to the Canton area. The idea grew and grew and I recruited my husband Terry, a retired commercial contractor and businessman, to partner with me. That was the best decision I ever made. Together we opened Fun Finds and Designs in March 2009, and are thoroughly enjoying the ride. Consignment is more than a shop or the merchandise in it. It is the experience. It is the wonderful people you meet, the excitement of the ever changing environment, the thrill of the hunt and the satisfaction of finding that perfect piece at that perfect price.
Beth Richardson-The Board of Trade
Beth Richardson, Owner of The Board of Trade, grew up in the resale business. Her mother was a partner at The Silk Purse, a popular consignment shop in Connecticut, for more than 30 years. As a teenager, Beth spent much of her youth behind the counter and countless hours at auction houses throughout New England. Beth worked as an antique dealer in Manhattan and in Boston before relocating to Roswell. She assumed ownership of The Board of Trade in 2004, moved it to its present location in 2006, and doubled the store size to 7,000 square feet in 2008.
Susan Jacobs-Meadows-Encore Boutique
My love of consignment started when I was a single parent with a small child (and no money!). I shopped regularly at my favorite consignment store, and learned to love beautiful clothing. When my budget grew, my shopping habits didn’t change, because I was hooked!! While working a few Saturdays a month at that same favorite store, my professional career continued to take interesting turns. I ran the marketing department for a large office furniture dealer for several years, did the same for an insurance managing general agency, and then did some consulting work in the financial/accounting area. Those positions, along with being in the military and managing health clubs, all taught me things that I have used since I acquired Encore Boutique in 2006. My passion for this business continues to grow – just like my shop, which just finished an expansion and total renovation. In the midst of that project, I also planned and executed a wedding – mine! When I have a precious few moments away from Encore, the lights of my life are my husband Michael, my son Adam, and my 3 wonderful dogs – Missy, K.D. & Zoe
Susan Walter-Fashions Finders Consignment
It all started about 15 years ago when my mom and I shopped a Roswell consignment store every week. Soon that store became my full time job! I worked at several other consignment stores in the Atlanta area throughout the years and once my first daughter was born, I decided to go into business for myself. Five years later, I now have two beautiful daughters and a fabulous business,
thanks to my wonderful family and great staff!
Anita-Upscale Fashions Inc
I opened Upscale Fashions Inc in 1997 and the 12 years that I have been in business on the Southside of Atlanta have been a real joy. When my husband retired from the U.S. Army and we decided to settle down here in Jonesboro, GA, I channeled my entrepreneurial skills into the consignment world and bought my shop here in Stockbridge, GA. Owning my shop has graced me with both personal and professional growth. My customer base has put me in touch with a diversity of folks which I now consider my friends and which compliments my German upbringing beautifully. The flexibility that owning a shop gives me allows me the precious time I am able to spend time with my lovely daughter and my two
Suzie & Kimberly - Woodstock Antiques
Suzie Chinal & Kimberly London Posey- We never imagined we would become such wonderful business partners & close friends upon meeting in 2004. Unknowingly, we were both looking to purchase the existing business. We only knew each other vaguely, but started talking one day about the store and found out that we both saw the wonderful potential in the business. We are blessed daily with a thriving & inspiring store that truly has a life of its own. Our 25,000 sq. ft. mall offers an eclectic mix in beautifully decorated and inspiring vignettes that are constantly changing. We also have a large selection of rental merchandise in our Vintage Event Rental room. We rent a variety of merchandise for weddings, parties, photography, etc. We are proud to say that we are a pet friendly store! We invite you to come & see for yourself the warm & wonderful experience that Woodstock Antiques & Consignments has to offer.
Trudy Morse- Emily's Closet
My excellent adventure began on December 1, 2008, when I purchased Emily’s Closet from Laurie Head, the original owner. Thanks, Laurie! I love the daily interaction with my delightful customers and their children, and the ever-changing scenery inside the shop as items come and go. I get absolutely giddy over some of the cute things our consignors bring in. My husband Jeff is my behind-the-scenes support, always ready to help when I need him. I couldn’t do this without him. Our toy poodles, Ganache and Noah, welcome me home each evening. Golf, gardening, reading and canasta are favorite hobbies.
Martha - The Closet Exchange
I’ve always loved consignment shopping but I had no idea that I would have my own shop. I had a long career in public service but was ready for a change. Several things happened in my life and the chance to open Closet Exchange came together. I opened on Jan.21 2009. Changing your life is easy you just need to believe that you can learn to do anything and you will find resources, people, ability and passion you never knew you had.
Building this business has been a great adventure, all the residuals are great. I get to spend more time with family (because they are here working), I’m able to keep in touch with my friends (because they are here supporting me) and I meet new friends every day. I can’t wait to meet you
Lana Tolbert - My My's Closet
I have always loved to shop Consignment and sell my daughter’s clothing and shoes at consignment stores and sales. For many years I have told my husband that owning a Children’s Consignment Boutique was a dream I have always had. After leaving Corporate America, my dream has come true! Here we are, I have opened the doors to MyMy’s Closet. What better name than to name it after my 9 year old Special Needs daughter whose name is Myla. MyMy is her nickname and since she is the reason I started loving consignment, it was the perfect name. When I’m not at the Boutique I’m enjoying time with my wonderful husband Patrick, my two beautiful children, Myla AKA MyMy and Maxwell (Max).
Nina Sonsini - Then Again Consignments
I have loved bargain shopping my whole life.
The thrill of the hunt paired with the desire to own quality clothes and accessories on a budget is an addicting combo. Because of this, I am passionate about consignment.
The corporate environment was not satisfying my creative side so in June 2010, I established Then Again Consignments. My only regret is not doing it sooner!
I believe that fashion is what you make it – individuality is KEY! The unique variety of consignment store finds allows women to express themselves and enhance their own personal style.
To me, this is what it’s all about.
My husband, Steve and I live in Smyrna with our dog, Brody – (and his crazy cats).
Monica Murray - Monica's Boutique
As I enjoy shopping, a few years ago, I stumbled upon consignment stores which completely changed my shopping ways. With this find, my closet grew from the extensive shopping at consignment stores throughout the Metropolitan Atlanta area and nationwide. My husband was appalled when he looked at my closet, and he encouraged me to open my own store. As I was thinking the same, Monica’s Boutique and Consignment was born. The store has been open since late November 2011 and I am blessed with all the amazing people that God has placed in my life. To see the excitement in the faces of customers about their new found treasures is very rewarding to me. Although my store keeps me very busy, I am an active member in a variety of civic and cultural organizations including St. Ives Charity Guild, the Atlanta High Museum of Art, Johns Creek Business Association, and Johns Creek Chamber of Commerce. Outside of my professional interests, I, of course, enjoy shopping, traveling, reading, exercising, martial arts and spending time with my friends. An important aspect of my life is family -- my husband Darrell, my three sons, DJ, Daniel, David and my daughter, Deborah
Debbie Greene - Urban Relic's
I've always had a passion for designing and finding beauty in all things for the home. I received my degree in Interior Design in 1983 and have been involved in the design industry for over two decades. While working in the furniture industry for many years, my dream of opening Urban Relics came to fruition in January, 2011. I'm lucky to have two wonderful children, Elana and Gregory, and a supportive husband, George.
Whitney Harrell-Upscale Resale
At just twenty three I am a young woman with big dreams! Being born and raised in Atlanta Both my parents have over 30 years of retail experience in everything from clothes, furniture, and Mattresses! My manager Marie also has 10 years in experience with consignment. This has inspired me to start on my own venture. I also have a huge passion for fashion and shopping! Living in the Johns Creek area, everyone wants to have that designer label but not pay the price. I agree, why should you? That is why consignment shopping has become a phenomenon. My store opened in just November of 2011 but has gotten off to a great start. My store offers BOTH furniture and clothing and is becoming known to my frequent shoppers as their "one stop shop". The quality of our items are new and or slightly used and that's what makes us Upscale! I love that and love the relationships being formed with clients and customers daily! My store is a great outlet for people to have an Upscale experience while shopping with our designer brands and a great deal. God has blessed me and my family abundantly, and I am looking forward to a bright future in this business!
Lauren Hise-Baby Love
Lauren’s twelve years of experience as a nanny made her an expert on baby clothes and gear long before she had her son Gabriel. But after spending years in sales and graduating business school, it was the birth of her son that inspired her to pursue her long-time dream of opening a children's consignment store. In 2010, Grant Park was home to a thriving parent’s network, but there were few local parenting resources: no baby clothing store, no maternity clothing store, and few educational opportunities for parents and children. With Baby Love, Lauren wanted to fill those gaps, creating a unique one-stop resource for parents in the community. “I want to give other parents the opportunity to learn about all the resources I didn’t know about when I was pregnant,” Lauren says. “Here at Baby Love, you can get the answers to any parenting question, from how to breastfeed successfully to recommendations for the best brand of baby shoes.”Today, Lauren loves being an integral part of the Grant Park community. But the best part for her is when a first-time mom comes into the store. “I love to help a new parent discover the world of babies,” she says. “The options can be overwhelming. I love to take the time to walk through the store and help educate you about what you really need. For me, there’s no greater satisfaction than helping you prepare for the happiest time in your life.”
Wendy Carter-New For You
I 've worked on the on the opposite side of the business most of my life making patterns, selecting fabrics, painting and developing sports wear and knit wear. I studied fashion design in my home town NYC at the High School of Fashion Industries then graduated from the Traphagen school of design. (New York City's first fashion design school). During the week I worked for ready to wear manufacturers. On the weekends I created apparel and accessories to sell at trunk shows and to personal clients. But, I always wanted a brick and mortar shop. I wanted to open a shop that was unique, but most of all it had to be fashion related. I opened in 2012 - I'm excited to be in the consignment business - no two days are ever the same, you meet great people. It's really exciting and a lot of fun. All of this is possible with the loving support of my husband Brent, our two sons and friends who love shopping as mush as I do.
Jane - Unique Consignment Boutique
I am happy to help you find the perfect outfit and show you around the store! It makes me giddy walking into the store and seeing all the new arrivals! I visit family in England, love the beach, and spend a lot of my free time with my 6 beautiful grandchildren.
Ladybugs & Lizards: Patti Infanti
My first consignment experience was working in my boyfriend's mother's shop in Connecticut while in high school. Although it was something I enjoyed, after graduation I went the route of corporate America. During those years, I always had the thought that I would open my own shop one day. 13 years ago, I started selling consignment on Ebay and 5 years later my husband said I needed to "move" our of the basement and open a brick and mortar location. So we did in 2005. We are now in our 8th year and have moved our location twice to accommodate the expanding business. I love to tell everyone that the only thing we don't carry is the "baby." One of my favorite things about my shop is my customers, they have grown to be family and I love seeing their kids as they grow up. You will find me at the shop everyday that we are open, along with my rescued Catahoula Leopard Dog- Lulu. My husband Ralph and I have 4 children, Zach, Gabe, Caitlin and Anthony and a grandson, Britain and we live in Roswell. When I do get a chance to get away, you can find me in Upstate NY at the 1000 islands.
Victoria & Mark Schutter- Consignment Furniture DepotAfter over 25 years in sales and marketing in the consumer electronics industry, and a whole lot of business travel, we became interested in the consignment business when we they retired to Atlanta and family. After a career as a flight attendant and raising five kids, Victoria's sister Maria had been working in a consignment furniture store and shared her excitement about the concept. After scouting for the ideal location, early in 2008 Consignment Furniture Depot opened its doors in the antique district of Chamblee. In 2009 sister Paula retired from 35 years at Delta and joined the team. Our business quickly grew and in 2011 we expanded into the adjacent store front and doubled in size to our present 12,000 square feet- and a staff of 12 talented and dedicated people within.
Jessica grew up in New York City being influenced by renowned designers, unique street style, and her most fashionable mentor, her very stylish mother. She pursued her formal education in visual design, and now is combining her education with her lifelong love of fashion to bring The Cycle of Style to life. Inspired by everything from magazines to classic films to her own international travels, Jessica turns her keen eye for detail and mixing texture and pattern to outline and refine a personal style individual to each client.
She welcomes collaboration with women of all budgets, her favorite clients being ones who are “committed to exploring new avenues in their style.” Combining trends with classic pieces, Jessica eases her clients out of their style stasis and guides them toward fresh new looks that still allow them to be themselves. When not applying her bold vision to fashion styling, Jessica puts her boundless energy into competing in triathlons and volunteering with local charities, including My Sister’s House and Big Brothers,Big Sisters.