9.15.2010

Eighty Twenty opens second consignment store

A local businesswoman with a charitable streak has expanded her consignment store from Gansevoort to downtown Saratoga Springs.

Sharon Byrne opened the original Eighty Twenty consignment and gift boutique in the Old Church at 217 Ballard Road more than a year ago, selling clothes and accessories for women and children, plus a few items for men.

Early in August, she opened a second location at 18 Congress St., where Freihofer’s Bakery Outlet had been until last winter.

At both shops, she sells “like new” clothing, jewelry, handbags, furniture, home decorations and more.

Many items still have the original tags attached and tout brand names such as Banana Republic, Ann Taylor and Talbot’s.

Consignors take a 50 percent split of sales and can leave items on the shelf for 60 days.

“In these economic times, people are looking for ways to save money, get dressed and look spectacular, and to not do it for a price that breaks the budget,” Byrne said.

A longtime city resident, Byrne’s interest in consignment shopping began years ago when she was stretched thin herself, raising three sons, going back to school for a degree in accounting and business administration and caring for her disabled husband.

Now, with help from her oldest son, Wally Hunter, she’s forging into the Spa City market while continuing to use the business as a charitable vehicle: Items that have passed their 60-day shelf life are donated to nonprofits such as the New York State Brain Injury Association, Saratoga Hospice and the Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Center of Saratoga County.

Byrne also donates clothing to local families in need on a case-by-case basis.

New plans for the business include a $4 rack on Thrift Thursdays and a Saturday RV shuttle starting in September, which would make stops at Skidmore College and elsewhere in town, then travel between the two Eighty Twenty stores.

Consignors should continue to make drop-offs at the Ballard Road store, which will remain open for the time being, Byrne said.

A grand-opening event will be held at the Saratoga Springs location next month, with a fashion show, radio broadcast and fundraiser.

Look for details in The Saratogian.

Store hours and consignment guidelines can be found at www.eightytwentyboutique.com. For more information, call 583-0802.

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