Red pillows plopped upon white deck chairs and petunias frame the front door of Give Back Boutique.Such attention to detail draws shoppers to the nonprofit upscale clothing consignment shop at 478-D Williamson Road in Mooresville. Pink signs along the roadside of Williams Professional Center 1 direct visitors to the store.Profits are donated to the Mooresville-Lake Norman Christian Mission. Its programs assist families in crisis and help them move into permanent self-sufficiency. The business is run by style-conscious volunteers who help customers coordinate colors and outfits. Unexpected treasures are hidden within the racks. A Dior jacket may be sandwiched between items from Talbot’s and designer Lilly Pulitzer.Shopper Joyce Simon has found some fantastic buys. “When I get a chance, I like to stop by,” she said.“The prices are great. You never know what you’ll find,” said Katelyn Chronister, 15, daughter of volunteer Michelle Chronister. There’s no advertising budget. “It’s all word-of-mouth,” manager Keena Darland said.She’s been a fixture at the boutique since it opened in 2011. “We’re growing and we’re definitely going in the right direction,” Darland said.She’s throwing a birthday bash 4-8 p.m. Aug. 1 to celebrate the store’s two-year anniversary. In addition to a ribbon-cutting, specials will be available throughout the day.Darland develops events to reach people. The newest is the Lake Norman Consignment Crawl. Give Back partners with local consignment stores to provide a day of shopping and discounts. Greystone Gallery and Gifts, Van Buren Consignment and Going Twice offer a varied selection of gifts, art, furniture and decorative accessories. Shoppers need time to browse and that’s not a problem. They can leave the driving to someone else.“It’s a whole day of entertainment for $25,” Darland said. Each reservation includes transportation, lunch, discounts and drawings. August also means clearance sales. The boutique’s semi-annual spring and summer sale runs Aug. 13-17. Preview day is Aug.12. It’s open to anyone who signs up to volunteer for two four-hour shifts before, after or during the sale.Some clothing has not been displayed in the store. Items housed in storage units will be available.Price cuts will begin at 60 percent. By Friday and Saturday, they’ll be slashed to 80 percent.Special activities don’t end with the semi-annual sale.In conjunction with “Sip and Shop,” the boutique will host a consignment booth at Trump National Golf Club Charlotte Oct. 22. The public event is from 5 to 9:30 p.m.While implementing new ideas, Darland retains familiar favorites like Girls’ Night Out the second Thursday of each month. It resumes in September. As women search for clothes and accessories, Christine Nelson, a style coach, provides fashion advice Lots of woman power is needed to staff the shop and organize special events.As Give Back grows, Darland needs more volunteers. The minimum commitment is one four-hour shift a week.“I would like to have people who are passionate about fashion and understand consignment shopping,” Darland said.With increased inventory, expansion is another concern.“We would love to have a larger space, but we need a generous benefactor to pay for it,” Darland said. “If we have to pay a couple of thousand dollars in rent, that means we’re giving less to the people of Mooresville at the very time they need more.”
Friday, Jul. 26, 2013
Celebrating two years of giving back
Learn more: Summer hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays. For information on volunteering and consigning clothes, visit www.GiveBackBoutique.com. The store will celebrate its two-year anniversary from 4 to 8 p.m. Aug. 1 with specials that will be available throughout the day. The next Lake Norman Consignment Crawls are scheduled for 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 10 and Aug. 21. Sign up at www.facebook.com/GiveBackBoutique.
Sandra Phillips is a freelance writer for Lake Norman News. Have a story idea for Sandra? Email her at email@example.com.
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