Bad Economy, Bold Moves
Think it’s a bad time to launch a new business? These brave entrepreneurs don’t.
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You can find just about anything a lady needs to look sharp at Silver Lining in Wilmington. There are handbags and jewelry, belts, wallets—even prom dresses. Even better, by shopping there women get to become part of a large circle that touches many Delawareans. And that’s exactly how Lindsay Anderson wants it.
Last spring, she was bartending in town and wondering what type of store she wanted to open. A devoted shopper and lover of clothes, she thought about giving women a place to find something “trendy and creative” to wear. Trouble was, with the economy in a slide, opening a boutique that sold pricey new apparel wasn’t such a good idea.
So she took a step back. The result was Silver Lining, at 302 W. Ninth St., a consignment shop that goes beyond the usual concept of thrift. It combines reasonable prices with fashions that would appeal to young and old, and its price structure rewards shopper, proprietor and the clothing’s original owners.
“I wanted a modern shop that had something for everybody,” Anderson says. “The other day, a woman brought in a sweater and told me, ‘It’s not pretty.’ I said, ‘You never know. Someone out there will like it.’ We specialize in name-brand things that are lightly worn or are buying mistakes. We have a lot of things in the store that still have tags on them.”
Silver Lining takes 50 percent of the sales and sends the other half to the people who donated items. Unlike traditional consignment shops, it aims to satisfy professional women, along with those looking for something a little different. And if that commitment to the “green” clothing cycle isn’t enough, Anderson has filled the store with the work of local artists, designers and crafters. Even the racks and shelves were used before in other stores. And anything that stays in the store for 90 days is donated to the Plummer Community Correction Center, which helps outfit women who are returning to the workplace after incarceration.
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