Like many other businesses, consignment shops have struggled during the pandemic. However, several local shops have noticed an increase in business during the spring.
Jessie Adams opened Yours & Mine Consignment on North Main Street in Southington in March 2020. It is tucked behind the Titanium Theater Event Hall.
“We’ve made it a year, but it’s been a struggle,” Adams said.
The shop was closed from mid-March to the beginning of July.
“During the summer, we had vendors come in, set up and we created events so that people could come into the shop,” she said. “They were actually very successful.”
The shop sells and accepts women’s, men’s and children’s clothing and home decor. Adams said her most popular items are designer purses, women’s clothing and home decor.
Adams has noticed an increase in business since March and hopes it continues.
The mother of three was inspired to open the business in memory of her older brother Robert Chamberlain, who died in December 2019. Chamberlain helped Adams finance the new business, she said.
Yours & Mine Consignment, 461 N. Main St., is open Sunday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Tuesday to Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday 10:30 a.m. to 5 :30 p.m.; and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The shop is closed on Monday.
Other local consignment shops are also working to maintain business throughout the pandemic.
Uptown Consignment, 151 Queen St., Southington, also collects and sells women’s, men’s, and children’s clothes as well as home furniture.
Jaime Gryk, the shop’s assistant manager, said after reopening last Memorial Day weekend, business was slow at first and then picked up.
“We have a lot of people bringing things in and they’re bringing in more items at one time,” Gryk said. “We ask that they stay in the shop while we go over their things and they do end up shopping as well.”
Uptown Consignment is open Monday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
In Cheshire, Consignment Originals created the ‘Drop and Go’ system to avoid long lines and follow social distancing guidelines.
Consigners can drop off items with the shop and within 2 days will know what has been accepted and what can be taken back.
“We definitely had to go through a whole new way of doing things.” general manager Jackie Leathe said. “Everybody loves it. They feel like it’s more convenient and a better flow.”
Consignment Originals, 151 Highland Ave., collects and sells women and men’s fashion and accessories and household decor.