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Consignment store opens in Foodland

Posted: Wednesday, August 25, 2010

A new stop at the Foodland Shopping Center is offering some variety to the local day crowds.

Michael Penn / Juneau Empire
Michael Penn / Juneau Empire

Christina Ibias opened the doors to her new consignment store, The Closet, last Wednesday. She said a combination of her experience and the location made this the right time to start business.

"I thought we needed a new consignment shop downtown," she said.

The Closet is an appropriate name, as the inside is racked with clothing, shoes, jewelry and other accessories.

To keep those shelves stocked, customers bring in clothes and Ibias sells them while offering a 50-50 split of the profits with the original owner. Ibias said prices drop after an item has not sold for 30 days.

The nature of this business of customers bringing the merchandise to the store helped her coin The Closet's motto: "If you don't like what's in your closet, come check out what's in mine."

Even though it's new, Ibias said the Closet has been getting a positive response from the community.

"We opened semi-full," she said, and added it's only gotten busier since. She credits this partly to the busy location. As she noted, "We've been getting a great lunch hour rush," because many customers enjoy looking around after eating or food shopping.

"It's exciting to have a new place to shop," said one such customer, Ashley Hunt, who stopped by Foodland for some midday browsing. "We just came in for some yogurt and had to see it."

Ibias said running the store comes as a good fit for her, as she has more than 10 years in the consignment business in Juneau. She said when the space in the shopping center became available, she jumped at the chance. Her partner and co-owner, Ron Burns, agrees.

"I'm self-employed, and I thought it'd be a good opportunity for her to be self-employed," he said. Burns also co-owns establishments in the Merchant's Wharf.

They said they've been planning for the opening since mid-June.

Ibias said one challenge to starting up a small business like this is she operates the place by herself without employees.

"I might pick somebody up later once we get going," she said.

The Closet's hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday.

It will hold its official grand opening this Saturday.

• Contact Jonathan Grass at 523-2276 or jonathan.grass@juneauempire.com.



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