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Save money, make money at Ava's Fancy Pants Consignment Shop

BY: Jennifer Lysiak, Lancaster Editor | January 03, 2013

LANCASTER- Consignment shopping is a great way to keep a little extra cash in your pockets, and if you have children then you know how fast they outgrow their clothing, sometimes before they even wear them.

Not only can you replenish your children's wardrobe without breaking the bank, but you can also make some money back on those no longer needed items by consigning at Ava’s Fancy Pants, located at 5 West Main St., in the Village of Lancaster.

A little more than a year ago, Kari Frank, a Cheektowaga resident, took over the children’s consignment shop from Tracy Diegelman who decided to fulfill her dream of opening a toy store in the village. As a previous customer of Diegelman’s, Frank saw it as a great opportunity and a chance to fulfill her own dream.

“It’s a learning experience and I have been figuring it out as I go,” remarked Frank. “I took what she [Tracy] had and expanded on it a lot. There is a lot more merchandise.”

Customers can rummage through more clothing allowing them to have more choices, said Frank. The shop offers clothing and shoes from newborns through teens for both boys and girls. Customers can also find Belly’s Bows, which are unique, handmade hair clips and barrettes made by Depew resident Cheryl Flick, and handcrafted crochet hats and headbands by local Dianna Clem, owner of Divine Friend Designs.

For those who would like to consign with Frank, items have to be in like new condition and brand names, such as Hollister, Gap, or Abercrombie, sell the best but other less popular brands are accepted.

“I’m pretty particular about want I accept,” Frank said. “I don’t sell a lot of clothing or shoes from inexpensive stores, because customers can just buy it new themselves.”

She explained she will take clothing and shoes for 90 days and sell them at a third of the actual retail price. If an item sells, the consigner will receive 40 percent of the selling price. If an item does not sell, the consigner has the option to either pick it up at the store or she will donate the item after the 90 day time period.

As a mom of three girls and a boy, Frank knows firsthand the benefits of consignment shopping.

“You can buy twice as much,” said Frank. “It’s cheaper than department stores and I know that specifically, because I needed khaki pants for my son and I had to go to Target and pay $15 and I have them for $8, but I didn’t have his size.”

A frequent customer of Frank’s, Depew resident Charlene Wilbur said she shops at other consignment shops in the area, but Ava’s Fancy Pants is one of her favorite ones to come too.

“I like the selection and the cleanliness of the store,” said Wilbur. “That’s important to me. I have four grandchildren now and I shop here for all four of them. The children outgrow the clothes so quickly and buying brand new clothes for kids is expensive, but here they’re inexpensive.”

The shop will begin to accept spring and summer apparel beginning the last week of January. Items should be clean and neatly folded or hung. At the end of July, fall and winter clothing can be brought to the store. Uggs, Northface and boys Hollister and Abercrombie tees are accepted year round.

“We take clothing on a rotating basis so new things are coming in all the time and there are sales all the time,” remarked Frank. “As long as I think I can sell it. I’ll take it.”

Ava’s Fancy Pants is opened from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday and Tuesday; noon to 6 p.m. Thursday; noon to 5 p.m. Friday; and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. To stay updated with the store’s hours and sales visit its Facebook page or contact the store at 681-4441.

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