Meredith Banka wants to help women find the perfect outfit for fall.
Founder of GlamAgain, Banka has been hosting consignment sales in Spokane for the past two years. This weekend, she’ll hold her fourth sale.
GlamAgain began when Banka left her job to have her second child. She had always wanted to own her own store, but decided a pop-up consignment sale business would be more practical.
“I wanted to help women get a value for the things in their closets,” she said.
There will be no sundresses or sandals at this weekend’s sale. Everything customers need for the colder months will be on sale.
Prices start at $4 and top out around $150, unless the item is exceptional.
Banka said she has a large selection of designer jeans which often retail for $129 to $200 on sale from $22 to $28.
There are coats and jackets, evening gowns and a large selection of accessories.
“Handbags are one of our fastest sellers,” Banka said. “People take care of their handbags.”
She has almost-new handbags, some of them with their original price tags still attached from Coach, Kate Spade, Furla and Dooney & Bourke.
And there won’t be any items from big box stores, Banka said.
“I want to keep the quality of items up and make it an event,” she said.
She said people have two options for consigning items: drop off items with tags available online or use Banka’s concierge service where she comes to their home and helps them sort clothing that is appropriate for the sale. Regular consigners get 60 percent of the sale of each item. Concierge clients get 40 percent.
Banka said consigners can earn more by working before or during the sale – for every four hours worked, they earn an extra 5 percent.
For items that don’t sell, consigners have the option of donating them to charity. After the sale in May, GlamAgain donated more than 1,600 items to Catholic Charities.
GlamAgain is a year-round job for Banka, though the six weeks leading up to a sale are her busiest times. The rest of the year, she spends about 10 to 15 hours a week on GlamAgain.
“I just have a lot of fun doing it,” she said.
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