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Clothing Store Fills Niche In Independence

INDEPENDENCE -- Bargain hunters take note, a new shop in downtown Independence is awaiting those with a nose for deals.

INDEPENDENCE -- Bargain hunters take note, a new shop in downtown Independence is awaiting those with a nose for deals.

Second Time Around opened its doors to community members earlier this month, and is holding an official grand opening on Friday, April 1.

Owned by Independence resident Jenny Brown, the store sells and consigns new and used clothing, shoes, toys, and other items.

"People I've talked to have said there's a need for a store in Independence like this, so I'm excited," Brown said. "Clothing options are limited here."

The setup is simple. Consignors can bring in their items, provided they're needed and in good condition, for Brown to display. Individuals will receive 40 percent of the selling price in cash or in-store credit.

Things that don't sell, and are unwanted by the consignor, will be donated to SABLE House, a women's shelter in Dallas.

Brown, who's worked in retail before, had been doing sales on eBay to supplement her family's income. She started investigating whether a bricks-and-mortar business might offer a more consistent cash flow last year, she said.

She started looking downtown, and ultimately settled on what had been a photography studio on C Street two months ago.

"We've been selling things," Brown said. "I'm surprised at how busy we've been this being the second week."

And there's a need for it in Independence. Retail clothing stores were among the most prevalent wants expressed by participants in a local business survey, said Shawn Irvine, the city's economic development director.

Thrift- and second-hand stores have always attracted frugal shoppers or those seeking high-end items that end up on bargain racks. Since the recession started, such outlets have become common shopping destinations for everyday consumers.

According to the National Association of Resale and Thrift Shops, the number of stores in the United States has increased by an annual rate of 7 percent in the last three years.

"This is kind of where the market is going -- instead of just buying new, people are reusing, recycling, putting things into others' hands," said Duane Brown, Jenny's husband. "What one person thinks is used up can still be perfectly good for somebody else."

Jenny Brown said Second Time's opening comes at a critical time for her family. A week after the business was up and running, Duane lost his job of nearly six years at Medallion Cabinetry.

"She pushed for the idea for the shop and thank goodness it got done," Duane said. "It definitely brings us a little relief."

Check It Out

What:

Second Time Around.

Where:

155 C St., Independence.

Hours:

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Of note:

The store sells and consigns new and used men's, women's and children's clothes, formal and casual. It also sells/carries shoes, accessories, toys, and baby items.

For more information:

Jenny Brown, 503-837-0055; secondtimearound@gmail.com.

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