PITTSFIELD -- Jeanne Little had never run a business before. But her desire to help women has outweighed her lack of experience in that area.
Little recently opened "It's My Style Consignment LLC" on 419 North St. Her goals are to help women buy good quality clothing at an affordable price, and to provide an outlet for them to sell clothing that they no longer want.
"I always wanted to do a consignment shop," Little said. "It's one of those things that you never do and you put it off. But my goal is to help women. There's lots of single women who need good quality clothes but can't afford them.
"It's just something I so wanted to do," Little said. "And there's a need for it too here in Pittsfield."
Little spent plenty of time preparing for this opportunity. She spent almost 23 years working for Cintas Corp., a uniform and facilities supply company, before deciding to go out on her own. Her last five years at Cintas were spent in customer service.
"I feel that working for Cintas has been 23 years of training for me to do this," Little said. "Everything that I learned in the company helped me to do this kind of thing."
Little is her shop's lone employee. She has a three-year lease, but has no loans because she used her personal savings to financed the venture.
It's My Style takes women's clothing and accessories on consignment along with household and decorative items.
The items that Little takes in are on consignment for 90 days, meaning they are on sale during that three-month time period. Prices for items are reduced the longer they remain on sale. Consignors have seven days after that 90- day time period expires to take back their items.
If the consignors don't want their items to be returned, Little said she will either sell them at an extremely reduced price, or donate them to the Christian Center or the Salvation Army. The proceeds from those items will be provided to local food pantries, Little said.
Consignors can track the progress of their items on Little's website, itsmystyleconsign.com.
It's My Style is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.
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