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Recession-Proof Consignment Boutique Celebrates 20 Years

BELLEAIR BLUFFS - In recent years some area retailers have watched their sales plunge, shoppers hibernate and going-out-of-business signs multiply.
Yet, in what’s been a tough economy for many, local fine consignment apparel proprietress, Janna Quinn, owner of Janna – Fine Consigner Apparel, has found success with a business model suited for a economic peak and recession - selling second-hand apparel from fashionable types, who often purge their closets and pass on clothing to Quinn to sale to bargain-hungry shoppers.
Quinn, whose business has improved consistently over the years, credits the shops longevity to an operation based in “trust, honesty and great staff.” With an eye for fashion, design, quality and great buys, Quinn will mark her 20th year in business next week with a six-day long celebration and “sell-ebration.”
The roots of Quinn’s business venture can be found in her love of fashion, a great eye for current and quality fashions, and the ability to properly price merchandise so that shoppers get the discount they expect and consigners share in the proceeds. Her flair for display, merchandising and eclectic style offers a shopping atmosphere that is fresh, bright, and comfortable.  What is more, the personal attention shoppers receive has turned “customers” into “longtime friends.” That face-to-face interaction is the upside in the resale trade as opposed to online selling on websites like eBay or Craig’s List, which saves the consumer from what some consider a complicated effort that often lacks a positive return.
Quinn opened the boutique in July of 1993 in a plaza on West Bay Drive, the location of the current Walgreens. She moved the shop to its current location at 268 N. Indian Rocks Road in 1996. Besides a carefully selected boutique clothing, Janna’s offers accessories and shoes.
Many major metropolitan areas boast consignments stores. According to reports from the National Association of Resale and Thrift Shops, a trade association for consignment-store owners, the resale field is hot these days, with over 15,000 shops across the country and an industry association growth of 15 percent each year.
Join Quinn and her staff Jan Terepka, Peggy Tanny and Becka Arsian during the celebration starting July 15-20. The boutique hours of operation are 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Janna’s will offer a free gift with a customer’s purchase, mystery discounts, prizes and refreshments. Stop by for “coffee, cookies and conversation.”
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