I first met Amy Sugg three years ago when she and a couple of friends were launching the first 2nd Look Boutique Children's Consignment Sale in Holly Springs.
In the three years since that first spring 2010 sale, the business has grown. Sugg, a mom of two, is now running the twice yearly sale on her own. She's expanded to include a sale in Durham. And she added a Christmas sale last year.
While she was building consignors and customers at her sales, she often fielded questions from fans wondering if she had a store too.
"We had all the racks and everything," Sugg said. "I thought, 'why not?'" After building consignment sales, Fuquay-Varina mom opens new shop
In April, Sugg opened The 2nd Look Children's Consignment Boutique at 515 Broad St. in Fuquay-Varina. The store features clothes in sizes newborn to 14/16, maternity, toys and a large selection of new toys made by Melissa & Doug. She has somebody who can do monogramming and includes vendors who carry bows and bow holders.
For the kids, she offers a small play area in the back of the store with a dollhouse, books, a small puppet theater and other things to keep kids busy while mom shops.
It's taken a lot of hard work, late nights and help from friends to get to where she is today. She spent long nights getting the spot ready. Sugg also is maintaining her graphic design business, which she's does from home.
"It's just been awesome to realize I have some pretty awesome friends," she said. "It's been pretty overwhelming."
Sugg would love for shoppers to consider the boutique a one stop shop ... a place where they can pick up clothes for their kids, gifts for babies and birthdays and more. She has ideas brewing, including offering weekly storytimes, for instance, and other regular events.
It is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday; and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday. Sugg keeps the shop open later during downtown Fuquay-Varina events.
It's closed on Mondays when Sugg accepts consignment items by appointment only. Consignors make 60 percent of their sales if they take credit at the store and 50 percent if they want cash instead.
Sugg will continue to hold the sales too.
Sugg said the past few months have been hard work, but fun.
"I love it," she said.
For more about the shop, watch my video interview with Sugg and check out her website.
The boutique sits along Broad Street where you'll also find a cupcake shop and bakery, making for a fun morning or afternoon out.
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