HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – We have an update to a creative idea that a stay-at-home mom from Huntsville came up with to earn a lttle extra money.
Amanda Quillin came up with the Wedding Swap Shop when she tried to sell her wedding dress and ran into some problems.
In short, she created a consignment sale for anything and everything that says wedding or formal occasion.
Its first sale is this weekend.
Standing inside a huge empty store space, Quillin admitted her idea for the Wedding Swap Shop came, in part, out of defiance to her husband.
“My husband said ‘You never finish anything that you talk about.’ I’m like ‘Well, I’ll show you’.. So, here I am, finishing what I started talking about,” said Quillin.
And she says her idea has really taken off. On Thursday, May 30th, nearly 100 consignors will bring their items for a three-day sale June 1-3.
“We have dresses, mother-of-the-bride dresses, flower girl, bridesmaid, prom dresses… I mean anything [for a] formal event,” she said.
That’s in addition to all kinds of accessories you’d find at a wedding or formal party.
“Flowers to use, tables, table runners, I actually had a caterer that I talked to that is cleaning out a whole storage unit of extra catering stuff and is like,” said Quillin. “She’ll have three or four tables worth of catering items.”
There’s still time to get in on the sale. Consignors have until 11:00 p.m. on May 29th.
Consignors must register their items, price their items and tag them. Quillin has a guideline of what to charge.
“I’d say take your emotion away from it and price it at what you would buy it for. Another (approach) would be maybe 1/3 of what you paid for it.”
Consignors are charged seven dollars to register. Then, Quillin gets a 30 percent cut of the item’s sale price.
Customers will score big with items that are free of any stains, tears or trouble. Quillin plans to sell everything at 25 percent off on Sunday and 50 percent off on Monday.
It’s money she says she’ll use to pay the bills for the event and take home the rest to help with raising her three daughters.
There will also be about a dozen vendors there selling everything wedding, including some boutique suppliers and photography studios.
It’s all going on at 6275 University Drive — at the Target shopping center — in the vacant storefront between Hancock Fabrics and Game Shop.