Today, the store, which buys and sells gently used children’s clothing and other items, is booming in an economy that went bust and made thrift shopping a sport.
Joe and Tammy Henderson, owners of the Columbia franchise, recently opened a second location at 10136 Two Notch Road in Northeast Richland and knocked down a wall to double the size of their original store at 264 Harbison Blvd.
“Since the economy has gotten worse, our business is starting to boom,” Joe Henderson said. “We set the record for corporate sales the first day (the Two Notch store was open).”
Both stores – each 8,000 square feet and employing 19 – are “packed with inventory,” said Henderson. “There’s never a shortage in Columbia.”
The business buys items on the spot, instead of using consignment, and takes clothes through about middle-school age. It also buys and sells baby items, such as cribs and high chairs, toys and pretty much “anything related to kids,” Henderson said.
The Hendersons – both of whom have backgrounds in retail jewelry sales and marketing – became interested in the idea a decade ago, when they started having kids. They visited a location of the national franchise in Charlotte, and soon owned franchises in Myrtle Beach and Columbia.
“We thought it was an excellent concept,” Joe Henderson said.
Not only does it help families who are on a clothing budget, but it provides sometimes-much-needed cash to those whose children have outgrown their clothes.
“Buy, sell, repeat,” Henderson said. “That’s the name of the game.”