For Charisse Hobbs-Hinkle, owner of Charisse’s Consignment Corner, the best part of her job is visiting with customers.
And with many repeat customers coming through the doors of her downtown shop, it gives her plenty of opportunities to really get to know each one of them.
With nearly 6,000 consigners, the ladies consignment store is packed with quality clothing in sizes 0 to 4x.
Hobbs-Hinkle grew up in Puyallup and had always shopped in downtown, and when the store location at 124 South Meridian became available, she jumped at the chance to run her own business.
“It was totally out of the blue,” she said.
Her mother, Dorothy Pascua, works with her, along with two other regular employees.
Pascua says the business has really taken off.
“We are very selective in quality and we have absolutely the happiest customers. They love the store,” Pascua said.
The store relies on its consigners. Twenty-five items at a time — on hangers, freshly laundered and in style for the season — are accepted Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from noon to 4:30 p.m. Employees log the items in and return pieces that are not accepted.
Ann Sibley recently brought in an armload of items and said she usually turns right around and buys something at the store.
Catherine Newsham is a regular customer as well as a consigner.
“I’m cleaning out my closets, and I save so many things,” she said. “I decided I would get things down to one closet and bring a load in every week or so.”
Newsham praised the mother/daughter team and the employees for their helpfulness and friendliness to all their customers.
“They really take care of me,” she said.
The store has a 50-percent off rack, plus sizes, accessories galore, wall-to-wall clothing to choose from and employees to give customers advice on just the right items for them.
Charisse’s also is open for private parties from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. — at no cost.
“We close the store so it is just the people who were invited, their private party, and they shop. We have music playing and my employees help with the outfits — they are the personal shoppers. I offer snacks and refreshments. We just have fun,” Hobbs-Hinkle said.
Charisse’s recently placed ninth in the Best of King 5 awards for vintage resold clothing and 14th under best boutiques. It has a Facebook page, and customers can also get more information at Charissescorner.com. The store is open for business Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.