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Secondhand clothing shops offer trendy clothes to variety of clientele

Secondhand clothing shops offer trendy clothes to variety of clientele

March 16th, 2012 in News

Martha Kremer, owner of K's Consignment Shop, straightens out a rack of formal dresses as part of her normal routine at her used clothing store on Jefferson Street. She had been in business several years on the opposite side of the street, but when this space became available, she moved up the street one-half block. She now has off-street parking and more room for clothing and a few other items.

Photo by Julie Smith

The negative connotation of secondhand clothing could be becoming a thing of the past, as at least four local shops now cater to the increasing trend.

Though shopping secondhand is a relatively new trend in Jefferson City, several local shop owners agreed it probably stems from the trimming of family budgets that reflects a trudging economy.

Last November, Nikki Payne opened The Snob Shop Exchange, a used clothing store that resells only name brands and markets to juniors and younger women.

The novelty of her idea encouraged her to start her business, she said.