Upscale Children’s Clothing and Furniture Sale Feb. 28-March 1, March 7-8

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - There's a unique consignment sale coming up in Huntsville where parents will be able to find very upscale clothing.

It's called The Boutique Closet.

The owners of the sale allow only top name brand designer clothing, as in labels that you would only find at a boutique or trunk show.

And the owners aren't exactly who you might expect to be running such a sale.

It's become a money-saving and money-earning hobby for the Kerleys of Hartselle.

This is the third year for The Boutique Closet.

"We are not like the typical consignment sale, we focus on boutique and trunk show brands," said Jana Kerley, owner of the sale.

She and her husband, Derek, are engineers who've learned the value of name brand clothing in terms of re-selling them.

The Kerleys have two children: Jaxon, who's 10 years old, and Harper, who's 3.

Jana says dressing Harper forced her to learn about premium brands that have the best re-sale value.

"I've shopped consignment sales for nine years and you get very frustrated going into the large consignment sales and having to dig through racks and racks of items just trying to find the few boutique brands," said Jana Kerley.

That was part of the motive for her and Derek to try something different:  a consignment sale with nothing but items that have high re-sale values.

Jana demonstrates with an outfit turned in by a consigner.  The brand name on it is Persnickety.

"So you've got the shirt and you've got the pants with a sash," said Jana.  "This would retail for $110 and here it will be marked at $46."

She lists the other brands accepted here.

New this year, they're allowing more items from the Gap.

"Something for the Gap might cost you $30 and here it would cost you might be looking to pay $8," said Jana.

She said premium brand clothing lasts longer than discount clothing, which may fall apart and has much lower re-sale value.

"We want the shopper to have an experience that's more like a boutique than a consignment sale."

They're also allowing large children's toys and furniture.

The public sale is the next two Friday & Saturdays:  February 28 - March 1 and March 7 - March 8.

That works with the Kerleys' full-time jobs as engineers.

It's located at 6275 University  Drive in Huntsville, the Target Shopping Center.  The sale is happening in the vacant space next to Hancock Fabrics.

Consigners can make up to 85 percent of the price they set for each item.

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  • Nuclear Mike

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  • MMM

    $46 is a lot for used children clothes….regardless the name on it. Children can be pretty gross and to top it off they grow out of their things pretty fast, so why would anybody pay that much for clothes just because of the brands. So what your $7 shirt you got from walmart wore out easy, go get another one and you still won’t pay the price of a “namebrand” shirt. This is just ridiculous, so we teach Americans that if you can’t afford the brand then just buy it used rather than buying new for cheaper? Good advice. The richer get richer and all you have to show for is a hand-me-down sweater. This isn’t teaching people real budgeting. Parents need to get off their high horses and realize if you can’t afford the name brand then oh well get something from walmart or target… heck get 30 things for the price you would pay for something from a “boutique”

  • The Boutique Closet

    I agree that most parents do not have the money required to shop at boutiques. That is the main reason that we created this sale. We carry a wide variety of brands and sizes. Many outfits will be priced at $4 -$8, but some will be more expensive like $30 to $50. We want to allow moms that are interested in the higher end brands a place to shop in the Huntsville area. The specific brands that were shown have a high resale value. Many times a child can wear the clothing and the parent can consign it with us and resale if for a price near what they paid for it. That is something that isn’t possible with non-boutique brand clothes.

  • Kellie Sisemore

    This is fantastic in my opinion! I plan to travel to the sale from Rainsville, AL.. over an hour away! Can not wait!!!

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