Today is the first day back from winter break and although I didn't entirely stop working (I still met with two new clients, added a steady stream of new pieces onto the site as well as fulfilled online sales most days) I did not post on Instagram and I mostly spent my time with my family and tried to be present during the time we all had together.
As I sit basking in the sweet sound of silence for the first time in 2+ weeks, I first and foremost want to take a moment to say THANK YOU. I started this business less than 6 months ago coming from my own perspective as a consumer; as a lover of the pre-loved; as an advocate for small changes we can each make toward a better way of sustainable living. I've been blown away by your interest in consignment and I'm so encouraged by our culture's growing interest in the movement. I've also been humbled by the amount of work it takes to run a small business which leads me back to my first sentiment of thanks....I'm beyond grateful for the support of friends, new clients who have become friends and the support of a network of local badass lady business bosses who have lifted me up and inspired me on this journey.
So where do we go from here? I'd love to share some of my goals for The Local Edit moving forward:
- Blog More: For those who are just here to see the goods, you can feel free to completely ignore my ramblings and stick to the shopping. BUT, in an effort to maintain authenticity to myself (a personal goal) and to avoid just being all about the clothing, I’m hoping to share more of my thoughts within this space. I’d like to share information and create discussions around such topics as fast fashion, emotions behind clothing (why it's so damn hard to let some pieces go), how to become an ace consigner, the art of closet organization, and more. If there’s a topic you’d like to explore, please reach out to me, I’d love to hear from you.
- Provide More/Better Sizing Options: One of the biggest challenges with consignment is a lack of options with regards to size, color, etc. The beauty of consignment--and the curse--is that there is often only ONE of each item in a shop and you are beholden to the size of the individual who chooses that shop to consign with. If your consignors all happen to be smaller than a size 8, then that doesn’t leave many options for women who are seeking bigger sizes. That leaves it to the shop owner to make choices about actively seeking out sizes to make the shop more accessible to a greater range of women. I have felt especially challenged in this area as many of my early clients happened to fall into the abovementioned scenario--most of what I had in the shop in the early days was smaller than a size 6. In order to ensure a greater diversity of sizing, I decided to create a waitlist (now in its 4th iteration) and hold new consignments to larger sizes only, until I felt I had a better selection for my customers. I’m proud to say that I now offer a much great size range from XXS to XXL. Many of the larger sized pieces I have yet to add to the shop, but rest assured that I will be plugging away at them over the next several weeks and I'm so excited to share these amazing pieces with you. Furthermore, I hope to have enough of a selection for a plus-sized popup event later this year (stay tuned!).
- Wish List: I’ve been hearing from many of your that you have specific items that you’re looking for or that you love an item in the shop but it’s not your size. I’d like to create a wish-list option so that it’s easier for me to send up my bat signal to find that special thing for you--and/or quickly match you with your piece when it does come in. It may be a list of specific items/sizes you're seeking (I keep a spreadsheet of my own wishlist items that I scour my consignment go-to shops for) or it may be as simple as you giving me your size and your general style preferences. More on this to come soon…
- More Ways to Shop: I’m exploring the idea of setting up shopping hours once/twice a month and allowing individuals or small groups to sign up for times slots to shop. I’m not sure what that looks like exactly yet, but more to come on that front soon. Along the same lines, I’d like to make it easier to schedule personalized in-home pop-ups and I’m looking to release a calendar to allow for sign-ups once or twice per quarter. Until then, please reach out to me and we can set up your event or your shopping time on an ad-hoc basis.
I’ve got lots more ideas floating around, but I want to share just a few that I’m excited about and that I believe are achievable this year. I’d love to hear from you if you have other ideas and thoughts!
If you’ve gotten this far, THANK YOU THANK YOU for reading this and for your support. Cheers to 2020...let's go!