Niche Biz: Plus Size Consignment

Consignment shops are a great way to find used clothing at a reasonable price. What if your size doesn’t fall within the average? Allison Barnes has started a plus size consignment shop to help answer that question.

“I grew up on thrift stores because my mom was really big on them and she also opened up her own consignment shop in our house,” Barnes said. “I remember seeing all the racks and the clothes and seeing the women come in and she would have a big event in the yard.”

The stay-at-home mom of three began taking entrepreneur classes at Coastal Carolina Community College and opened her location in May. She was surprised to find that there were many other women and teens like her daughter who were on the hunt for stylish clothing.

“I’ve had people come all the way from Kinston looking for 5x sizes, so they are out there,” she said. “I helped a mother recently and she couldn’t find a dress for her daughter’s sweet 16, and I had one here for her.”

Greater than 13 also offers customers a chance to make money from the items in their own closets. Barnes gives customers a 60-day period to earn 50 percent on sales of used clothing and accessories.

Photo by Steven Depolo

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