On April 28 Katie’s Kloset celebrates one-year anniversary in Sunbury
One-year anniversaries are an important business milestone. They mean you’ve survived, you’re still open for business, you’ve earned customer loyalty and you’re paying the bills with enough left over to live on.
That’s what Katie Cautela is celebrating on April 28, the one-year anniversary of Katie’s Kloset on the Square in Sunbury.
When Katie’s Kloset, a consignment boutique for women, opened last year at 21–1/2 East Granville Street, Cautela stocked the shop with many items from her own collection of finds. Today she has 77 consigners; a number that she said represents significant growth for the first year in the consignment shop trade.
When she opened last year Cautela, who describes herself as a treasure-hunter, said she has always shopped for slightly used, well cared for second-hand clothing items.
Cautela said a lot has happened in the last year. Katie’s Kloset now has a relationship with a consignee who brings in estate jewelry from around the state, the shop is selling new corsets by special order and there will soon be sewing classes.
“Katie’s Kloset is still basically a consignment shop, but through the years I’ve worked as a self-employed professional seamstress,” Cautela said. “I’ve made friends with Gail next door at Village Antiques. She has a degree in fashion design. In addition to sewing classes, we’re going to be making our own line of up-cycled clothing.”
Katie’s Kloset will hold an Open House and One-year Birthday Party at the shop from 11 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., on Saturday, April 28.
“We’ll have specials four our one-year anniversary, prizes, drawings, a birthday cake and soft beverages,” Cautela said. “It will be my way of thanking the people in the Big Walnut community for supporting Katie’s Kloset during the past year.
“I really want people to know how good this town has been to me,” Cautela continued. “Helen at Coffee’s Antiques, Joe at Doodle Dips … they’ve been so good to me. Chase Bank – they’re outstanding; they’ve helped me with anything I’ve needed businesswise. Everybody on the whole square has been very welcoming during my first year in business.”
Can’t make it to the open house? Cautela said to stop in anytime, Tuesday through Saturday. Katie’s Kloset is open Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday from 11 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.; and in true consignment shop fashion, Cautela said, browsers are always welcome.
Katie’s Kloset features gently-used women’s clothing, hats, jewelry, shoes, handbags and accessories appropriate for almost any age woman, and corsets on special order. When you find something you like, there’s a changing room to try it on, and plenty of mirrors to see what it looks like.
Cautela said potential consignees could stop by the shop or call ahead for additional information.
Cautela said it’s easy for area residents to sell women’s clothing through Katie’s Kloset. Every item is tagged when it comes in, and the tag is scanned at point of sale, with a 50 percent credit going into the seller’s account.
“If it’s something valuable I keep in touch with the consigner,” Cautela said. “If the item doesn’t sell I’ll return it or donate it, depending on the consignees preference. I’ll even sell for customers on eBay if they wish.
“I would like to invite everyone to stop by and introduce themselves and see what we’re all about,” Cautela added. “We’re looking forward to serving the Big Walnut community’s consignment needs during the year ahead.”
Katie’s Kloset is located at 21–1/2 East Granville Street in Sunbury
For additional information phone 614–935-2594, or email Cautela at < email@example.com >.
Katie Cautela also has a Katie’s Kloset Blog at < http://katiesklosetonthesquare.blogspot.com/ >, and can be found on Facebook. While on Facebook, Cautela said to check out the Sunbury Small Business Association Facebook page.