My name is Liza Showalter, I am a mother of two, I have a15 year old and a 8 year old, both girls.
And I love downtown Iowa City
I work for Catherine, she and Sheila Davidson, who owns Revival, this was their idea and she just asked if I wanted to a part of this again. Because, we were open in April and May.
The concept is to be able to give people affordable name brand clothing, we have
Tory Burch dresses that are $80 instead of $500, and they’ve been used once or twice.
We also give 10% of our proceeds back to the community. Last time we did four charities; Domestic violence, Crisis (center), a shelter house, and James gang for the arts.
This time we’re just going to split the 10% between Mission Creek and Domestic Violence.
The secret with, like, thrift stores and second-hand stores and consignment is to move the material around a lot. So that what people didn’t see last time they were in and this time they come in and it looks like a different store.
Because, you know, you do have to dig a little bit, to find great deals but also it just kind of refaces the store. And it’s fun to see something different when you come in.
They’re more willing to give it up (clothes), per say, when they know it’s going to a good cause.
And we did have such good luck last time we were here, that a lot of the same repeated donors came and gave stuff again.
Last time I noticed we had a lot of high-end bags, this time we didn’t get as many, but I think that you can only have so many Louis Vuitton bags.
I’m putting together a Halloween Facebook today, so just putting together some of the weird, funky stuff we have. Like, we have a “Thing 1” sweatshirt.
Catherine and Sheila wanted to find a better way to give money back to the community, and also do something that they were experts at. So they knew it couldn’t fail.
Do you take only cash?
Nope we take credit…
(Background noise, sales exchange.)