Affordable meets trendy at downtown Auburn’s first consignment boutique, Kensley on Trend.
Co-owners Natalie Gilbert and Kelly Poole wanted to give shoppers more variety at reasonable prices by buying gently used clothing and selling it back for a lower price than retail.
Before it was Kensley on Trend, it was Ellie Girl, but after being combined with Ellie, Gilbert and Poole weighed over what to do with the space.
“We’ve had a lot of people tell us they don’t have anywhere close to go and consign besides Opelika,” Poole said. “We just got to thinking about it more, and we had this space, so we just thought it made sense.”
Kensley on Trend accepts both name brands and non-name brands. Anything in season or style can be bought or sold from dresses and skirts to shoes and purses.
Those who wish to sell can come in and bring their items as long as they are in season and gently worn. Kensley on Trend works as a 60-day consignment and sellers receive 40 percent of the items sold.
Gilbert and Poole have been in the retail business for 13 years starting with Ellie, and their business has only grown.
“Our goal has always been to bring affordable clothing to The Plains, so this is a way for somebody who wants that name brand, but doesn't really want to pay full price, or maybe they are on a college budget and can’t,” Poole said.
Being in the business for 13 years, Poole said it is always rewarding when someone comes in and are excited about what they bought and are now looking forward to that date or vacation.
“It’s always great when something can make you feel better about yourself,” said Poole. “Clothing can give you the extra confidence you may need.”