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Consignment store owner's love of shopping

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By Don White

Cindy Brown Baxter looks forward to taking time off from the consignment stores she  operates in Taylorsville and Mt. Washington – so she can shop at other consignment stores.

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“I love going  Goodwilling and seeing what other shops have to offer,” says the personable owner of Cindy’s Consignments in Settler’s Center, next door to Radio Shack.

The five-room building once housed a paint store and, more recently, a church.

She has run the business here for nearly three years, and her larger facility in Mt. Washington has been open 10 years.

The Chaplain native and 1980 graduate of Nelson County High says her stores offer a variety of items ranging from clothing to furniture, video games, DVDs, jewelry, antiques and collectibles of all kinds.

“We carry a little bit of everything because variety is the key to getting customers to come back,” she explains.

Offering clean, high quality items has also been a key to the success of her stores, she notes.

No clothing items older than three years are accepted, nor any items with spots or stains.

She says she gets a kick out of seeing people bring in their collections to consign, such as the lady who had over 200 dolls from all over the world and the man who had a vast collection of toys from boxes of Cracker Jacks.

A former employee of Fruit of the Loom in Frankfort and Campbellsville, the one-time Taylor County resident is the mother of one daughter and three sons ranging in age from 18 to 30.

She and husband Brett reside in Mt. Washington and attend Riverview Baptist in Spencer.

She divides her time between the two stores, working here on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, Her mother, Judy Alcorn, oversees operations during her daughter’s absence.

Store hours are 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturdays. Both stores are closed on Sundays and Mondays.

According to Baxter, her Taylorsville shop has 438 clients who bring in merchandise to sell, a number she intends to cut off at 500 due to limited space.

The other store has 1,564 clients.

Prices on clothing items are set by the store owner and profits divided evenly with the consignor.

On furniture priced over $50, the consignor gets 75% of the profit.

Other items, such as antiques and collectibles, are priced after discussion between Baxter and the owner of the items.

After any item has been displayed in the store for 60 days, it is automatically reduced to half price.

On a recent Tuesday afternoon, the store had a steady stream of customers purchasing everything from back-to-school clothing to DVDs and books.

“We sell a ton of books,” says Baxter, noting paperbacks bring 50 cents to $1, while hardbacks with a cover price of up to $30 go for $2.99 to $3.99.

Taylorsville resident Tony Allgeier picked up four DVDs and two videos for $17.97, and estimated he would have paid $60 for the same items at a retail store.

“Having this kind of store sure makes it hard to go to a mall and pay those high  prices,” says Baxter.

A person who practices what she preaches, she’s certain customers come in and say “She’s wearing my shirt.”

“That’s ok with me. I’m proud to say I do nearly all my personal shopping in my two stores.”