Niagara Gazette — The store carries everything from newborn sizes to 18-20 in boys and 0-5 in girls.
Wellsby said that after seven years of owning the shop, she sees more of an uptick in back-to-school shopping at about mid-September when parents start buying more cold-weather clothing.
Unlike many other consignment shops, in which customers can bring in their gently used clothing and get paid once the clothes sell, Wellsby said buys used clothes in exchange for a credit they can use immediately in the store.
She said she’s noticed a lot of her younger customers are interested in bright colors and clothing styles first made popular in the 1980s and early 90s.
“People seem to be more geared toward two-piece outfits, and bright colors are in this year. Adjustable pants are always a hit item and skirts with leggings attached to them,” she said, “And the girls still like their dresses ... it’s just a given.”
On Davison Road In Lockport, Ruthie Rae’s is celebrating its first anniversary this month, and business has been booming.
Owner Pamela Weller said she’s a Lockport native, and started out collecting wedding and formal gowns and renting them out.
“I lived in Lockport all my life, and I know that there are people who don’t have a lot of money. They want to have a beautiful wedding and not spend a fortune,” Weller said.
Although she still has the rental business, Weller now does a brisk consignment clothing business, especially at back-to-school time.
“People are surprised when they come in and see the quality of clothing we have. I get Hollister, Abercrombie, American Eagle and other big brands, although they don’t hang around very long,” Weller said.
Beyond bargains, there are added incentives for shoppers at the Kids Corner, at 2808 Niagara Falls Boulevard, where owner Jennifer Miller caters to all kinds of shoppers.