12.07.2009

Recycling clothing with flair


Ooh La La Recycled Consignment Boutique opened Thursday at 80 W. Circular St., joining the Cabello salon established there this summer.

Owned by Amy Brower, the whole joint is part of an old warehouse turned into a combined boutique and salon which offers nails, hair and massage services.

Kathleen Santamaria, a high school art teacher who is managing the consignment business, said the store offers clothing for teens, men and women, as well as jewelry, bags, belts and shoes. Home furnishings and decorating accessories are in stock, too.

“Half the things in there you wouldn’t even know are used,” Santamaria said. “Just because you’re reusing something doesn’t mean it can’t have a fabulous flair to it.”

Consignors may bring in 12 items at a time. They receive 50 percent of sales, with prices marked down by half after items are on the shelf for 30 days. After 60 days, either the consignor may reclaim their goods or Ooh La La will donate them to Franklin Community Center, Santamaria said. Keeping in line with its simplistic approach, the business is currently cash-only, reducing the use of paper for credit card transactions.

“You’re doing some good by reducing and reusing and recycling, but you’re also able to purchase something that’s not that expensive,” Santamaria said.

Works by local artists — photos, T-shirts and mushroom carvings (yes, you read that correctly) — are on display and for sale in the shop.

Hours are noon to 7 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays. Currently, there’s no phone in the store. Call Santamaria on her mobile at 669-4218 or look her up on Facebook for more information.

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