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Long-running consignment sale has new owners

Posted April 14, 2014

Nearly New Clothing Exchange

The Nearly New Clothing Exchange, one of the oldest children's consignment sales in the Triangle, has new owners and a new name. 

Melissa Costa and Lisa Parrish are the moms and new owners (or as they prefer Chicks) behind what's now called Nearly New Kids Clothes Etc. The children's consignment sale is scheduled for April 30 to May 3 at High House Crossing, 2723 Highway NC 55, in Cary. They are now registering consignors and new moms for the sale. I've added it to our consignment sale database.

As you may recall, I reported that previous owners Amanda Coyne and Joanne Calzaretta had put the sale on the market back in November. The two needed more time for their full-time jobs and family commitments. They purchased the sale from the original owners in 2009. The original owners had started the sale in their garage 15 years before. 

Both Parrish and Costa are the moms of teens or nearly grown kids. They tell me they are looking forward to helping families save money on the clothes and gear that kids need.

Parrish is manager of a donation center for Passage Home, a 23-year-old charity that moves families and veterans from being homeless to housed.

"The need for clean, hole-free, brand name clothing wasn't being met," Parrish tells me. "We saw all levels of items and wanted moms and dads to know they could get great clothes at amazing prices. We also wanted those who shop or consign to be able to drop off donations for those in poverty and pick up a tax donation receipt all in one spot ..."

Costa, who works in pharmaceutical development, said consignment sales weren't common when her kids were young, but she's always been thrifty. 

"Helping organize Nearly New allows me to work with my friends and family to spread the word about how you can live both well and frugally," she tells me. "I'm also excited to support and promote women run businesses, which is why I am hoping that as we grow the sale we will not only have more and more shoppers and consignors, but that the sale will be a great resource for women and child focused crafters and resellers to bring their items to a wider audience."

The two tell me that in addition to the regular twice-yearly sales, they also plan to have pop-up sales throughout the year. They promise to share the details with me. You also can check their website for information about the upcoming sale and Facebook page where they post raffles and other information.

"We ... believe in making things fun and colorful!" Parrish said.


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  • lucasd06 Apr 15, 2014

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    Bitter, much?

    You don't think the owners of these sales are trying to make a living?

    Quit the whining.

  • Lee Co Rat Apr 15, 2014

    There are many full time consignment stores in the area that need support. WRAL
    seems to always give free advertisement to the part timers who do not have the same overhead as those trying to make a living. Don't really seem small business friendly.