Robins opens consignment shop in Leachville

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Brenda Robins recently retired from the Leachville Post Office and purchased Annette's Consignment Shop in Leachville.

Her new business will be named Leachville Consignment Shop. It is located in the former Wright's Grocery and later Chamber's Electric building.

Brenda Robins

Robins said she had always enjoyed shopping at consignment shops and this is the perfect job for her after retirement.

Robins has lived in Leachville for 23 years. She worked at the Post Office for 27 years.

"When I went to work at the Post Office I had plans to work a short time while I was finishing college to become a CPA," Robins said. "I had three young children to raise and the Post Office was a good job so I gave up college."

She laughed as she recalls her first day at work.

"I don't know what I expected but I came to work in high heels and a skirt," she said. "I guess I thought I would just be meeting and greeting people all day. It didn't take me long to trade those high heels for comfortable working shoes."

Robins, a native of West Ridge, graduated from Missco High School.

"I am one of eight kids and we all are over shoppers, so when we clean out our closets for the shop we will have all sizes for adults and kids," she said.

Robins said she will not charge an accounting fee and plans on continuing Annette's policy of 50/50 on consignment sales.

She has plenty of space in the building and plans on expanding, adding small furniture items, books, and household items.

Hours will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

"My hours will depend on the traffic," she said. "I am looking at having a winter clearance in the near future. I get a lot of new merchandise that still have the tags on them."

She has a good variety of clothes in all sizes from baby clothes to large women's sizes.

"I want to keep it in good order by sizes and items so people will be able to find what they are looking for," she said.

She reminds everyone it is a good time to clean out their closets.

"I want people to come by and shop and find bargains," she said. "Find a new outfit for $5 and be ready to go out on the town."

She said she wants to create a window display and a sign so she will be easy to find.

"We have a lot of space and good parking," she said. "It is a very good location. I am looking forward to my new business."

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