It seems like “inflation” and “recession” are on the tip of everyone’s tongues these days. What better way to cut costs or tighten your belt than to shop consignment? Look no further than local retail store Savvy Consignment, which is celebrating 13 years in business.
“I feel every year a small business succeeds is a milestone,” said Savvy Consignment owner Stacey Cassidy. “I am very grateful for the continued support from the community.”
Savvy Consignment carries a wide range of name-brand clothing, furniture, home decor, jewelry, handbags and shoes. Items are new or gently used and touch upon needs for kids, adults and even maternity.
Originally, the boutique-style consignment shop was located in a different storefront in the Severna Park Village shopping center when it opened in 2009. Three years later, Savvy Home joined with its own location in the shopping center and focus on home items. In September 2014, Cassidy decided to combine the stores into a single location, right next to Garry’s Grill off B&A Boulevard.
“When I first opened, the store was only 1,500 square feet; I couldn’t even imagine how I would regulate items coming in at the rate it does now,” Cassidy said. “I am glad we merged the stores together, Savvy Home and Savvy Consignment, and so we are all together.”
Back-to-school time, specifically the fall season, is the busiest time for Savvy Consignment, which carries high-end brands including Lululemon, J.Crew, Free People, Lilly Pulitzer and Vineyard Vines.
“We get things every day, so it’s always changing, which keeps things fresh and fun,” Cassidy said. “We restage the store once a week, so it’s always looking different. Once all the fall stuff comes in, the good stuff goes fast.”
Cost savings on your own purchases isn’t the only benefit of frequenting Savvy Consignment. The opportunity to consign is another way to purge unwanted items from the home and make money while doing so. Currently Savvy is accepting fall items Monday through Friday without an appointment, as long as visitors arrive at least 30 minutes before closing time.
To consign, there’s a one-time $10 consignor fee and then consignors get 45% of what each item sells for. Visit www.savvyconsignment.com to learn more and review the consignors agreement to get started.
Whether you’re shopping or consigning, one thing is for sure: customer service is a top priority for Cassidy and her 20 employees.
“I want to say hi to everyone that walks in the door,” Cassidy said. “We may just yell from the counter, but we say it. We try our best to give the best service we can. Sometimes it’s difficult, but most days, things go well.”
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