LUMBERTON — Bella’s Chic Boutique and Consignment on 313 N. Elm St. takes its name from the nickname owner She’La Parker gave her only daughter the day she was born.
“I call her Bella because she’s so beautiful,” Parker said.
Then, moving onward from her moment of adulation, she reveals another reason.
“And she costs us crowds of money buying name brands because she won’t wear anything but name brands, so it works,” Parker said.
Parker’s son, Donnie Rabon, the manager of the store, nods in agreement.
“She’s a diva … . Since the day she was born, it was all about Bella,” he said.
Naming an upscale consignment shop after a teenager who won’t wear anything but name brands is appropriate, as Bella’s Chic Boutique and Consignment won’t allow just anything on its wracks.
The boutique, which sells ladies and children’s apparel, accepts gently used pieces from brands like Ann Taylor, Brighton, Chico’s, The Limited, Express and more. Once a client brings in clothing, the store will select the items that have the potential to sell. Once sold, the client takes a 50 percent commission, which is mailed on the 15th of every month.
In addition to clothing, Bella’s Chic Boutique and Consignment accepts gently worn shoes, jewelry and bags.
Sneaking off to the back, Parker emerges seconds later to with two Vera Bradley bags she will soon put on display.
“We have 38 pieces of Vera Bradley and Coach bags,” Parker says excitedly. “This is truly an upscale consignment shop. Lumberton has nothing like it.”
Consignment shops allow people the opportunity to save money by purchasing less-expensive items, but also offer customers a chance to make money by selling clothes they no longer need. People turn over items, and when they sell, the person gets a percentage of the sales price.
“There are a lot of women that make 200 or 300 extra dollars a month doing this,” Rabon said. “People do it as extra income, for fun, whatever.
“… This store will make name brand, and otherwise expensive items accessible to people who would not be able to have them if it weren’t for something like this.”
Parker will also sell floral arrangements, which decorate the store until their purchase.
“I make wreaths and put them in the window and I can’t seem to keep them. They sell like hot cakes,” she said.
Currently in the window in front of two wreaths are summer dresses, bright and whimsical.
“We accept clothing appropriate for the summer during the spring, and clothing appropriate for the winter in the fall,” Rabon said.
The store, which celebrated its grand opening on Saturday, will be open Tuesdays through Fridays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
To consign at Bella’s Chic Boutique and Consignment, make a reservation by calling 910-740-8628.