Twice the Deal
The one positive that may have come out of our country’s current economic crisis is that it forces people to shop local. Gas prices add a small percentage to every shopping trip from small towns to their larger neighbors, and with the holidays coming up, more people are looking to spend less on gas and more at the store.
Small town residents are also looking to supplement their income, which is what makes Exeter’s newest store Twice As Nice. Owner Jackie Wadkins opened Twice As Nice consignment store in downtown Exeter a little more than a month ago. She said she had been waiting to find the right place and time to open her own consignment store after enjoying the experience of working at a relatives store many years ago.
“I’ve always enjoyed doing yard sales and my yard sales were always organized, kind of like a consignment store,” she said. “With the economy the way it is people don’t want to or can’t afford to pay full price for brand names or just things they need to replace.”
Wadkins said the people of Exeter have been waiting her to open too. She said every day people have commented on how they were hoping a consignment store would open in their town.
“The most common comment I receive is, ‘We are so glad you are here,’” she said. “People have been saying this is something Exeter has needed for years.”
The statement is equally true for those looking to sell their old items, but because they are working longer hours, don’t have time to hold yard sales. She said in less than a month she has had consistent foot traffic from all over the county and already has more than 50 consignors bringing items to her store.
“Some people are bringing it items two to three times per week,” she said. “So I’m putting out new items every day, which keeps people coming back more often.”
Twice As Nice has everything from clothing and accessories to toys and china. Wadkins said the top selling items at most consignment stores are clothes which range from $4 for blouses to $40 for coats, with most items averaging around $10-$15. Shoes range from $6-$30 with an average of $10 and purses range from $5 to $20 with an average of $10.
“Most places are more for women or children but we also have clothing for men,” she said.
Those interested in consigning with Wadkins will have to review her policy at the store. Twice As Nice only accepts up to 25 items on Tuesdays and Thursdays and by appointment only on Saturdays. Each consignor must sign a contract for a three-month consignment period. The contract also states consignors will receive 40% of the sale while the store will keep 60%. At the end of the 90-day period, consignors can choose to move the item to clearance and reclaim their items. Winter items will be accepted through the end of the year with spring items beginning in January through March. All items must have been recently laundered or dry cleaned, on a hanger and without missing buttons, broken zippers, missing labels, tears, stains, holes, rips, discoloration or odors. Wadkins has the right to refuse any items.
“I am getting a lot of foot traffic by being in downtown Exeter because people from all over the County come here to shop,” she said. “And a lot of local people are coming from the coffee shop and the dance studio around the corner. Everything has been really positive so far.”
Twice As Nice is located at 137 N. E St. in downtown Exeter. For more information, call owner Jackie Wadkins at 559-592-9550.