New business opens downtown
Are back-to-school expenses straining the budget? Try finding some gently used clothing at Kristine's Consignments, located at 101 E. Seventh St. in Cassville.
Kristine Samuel, owner, opened the shop for the express purpose of helping herself and others.
"I'm a huge recycler," Samuel said, "and this is the ultimate in recycling."
Samuel said she used to donate clothing when she cleaned out the family closets, but after seeing one organization's donations piled floor to ceiling, she had a change of heart.
"There is no way they could have waded through those piles in a year," Samuel said. "I decided to start my own store, get to indulge in my passion for recycling and talk to grown-ups during the day."
Samuel said the shop is her creative outlet, and she accepts consignments from others.
"There is clothing here for both men and women, infants and children," Samuel said. "Everything is arranged by size and gender."
Prices range from 50 cents to a $200, never-been-worn wedding gown.
"We have clothing and accessories for all ages," Samuel said. "Shoes, belts, hats, scarves, purses, accessories and toys. From flip-flops to wedding gowns, we have it."
Samuel said all donated items have to be laundered and ready to display. The store also has a fitting room for patrons to try on their purchases before they buy.
"My goal is to have a profitable business while helping the community in this economic time," Samuel said. "New consignments come in every day."
Store hours are from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.