Monday, 23 September 2013 09:25

New women`s consignment shop offers unique experience

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Mackenzie, left, and Shellie Oatman make up the mother-and-daughter team of Sensibility Outfitters, a new consignment shop in Oswego. Located in the lower level of Canal Commons, the owners hope to create a unique and fun shopping experience for the women of Oswego. Mackenzie, left, and Shellie Oatman make up the mother-and-daughter team of Sensibility Outfitters, a new consignment shop in Oswego. Located in the lower level of Canal Commons, the owners hope to create a unique and fun shopping experience for the women of Oswego. Harrison Wilde photo

     If you have not been to Sensibility Outfitters, a new women's clothing consignment shop, located on the lower level of Canal Commons, 193 W. First St., in Oswego, you should put a visit on your to-do list.

     Owners, Shellie and Mackenzie Oatman, are a mother-and-daughter team looking to provide not only a unique shopping for women in Oswego County but a social experience as well.
     "We hope this business will surpass its primary standing as a place to shop and become a center of enthusiasm and communication for the women of Oswego," Mackenzie said.
     Sensibility Outfitters exists, they said, to create a unique shopping experience in Oswego that is distinctly separate from the uncomfortable and exhausting "thrift store" experience, yet still maintains an inventory that is both affordable and desirable for the women in the community.
     "I was selling clothes online as a kind of hobby and really was enjoying it," Mackenzie said. "My mom and I always thought it would be to own a secondhand store. It started just as talking, but in the spring we actually began brainstorming and decided to put our words into action."
     Although they only opened in early August, Mackenzie said they are already outgrowing their space. And, they said the interaction with their customers has made the shop even more enjoyable than they had originally anticipated.
     "In the beginning, we thought it would be exclusive online store catering to the Oswego community," Mackenzie said. "We rented the space we have now as an office and storage space, but we ended up hitting the fast forward button and set it up as a shop."
     Currently, she said, the online component of Sensibility Outfitters is under construction.
     The consignment process is very easy, Mackenzie explained. Individuals bring the clothes, accessories and shoes they are interested in possibly consigning to Sensibility Outfitters' store front.
     Consignees simply set up an account, and the store uses this account to keep track of the items each individual consigns. After an item is sold, Sensibility Outfitters and the consignor split the profit.
   Sensibility Outfitters Shellie with clothes  The shop accepts a wide variety of items with few limitations regarding the brand or season of items brought in. They do request, however, the clothes show minimal sign of wear and are in very good condition.
     As to where they go from here, the Oatmans said it totally depends on the women in the community and what they might be looking for from their business.
     "We want the women to interact and create an ongoing fun experience exchanging clothes," Mackenzie said. "And we plan to have different types of events to bring women together socially."
     Sensibility Outfitters is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Mondays; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesdays and Wednesdays; 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Thursdays; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Fridays; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturdays; closed Sunday.
     For more information, call 315-532-5517; email [email protected]; or LIKE them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SensibilityOutfitters.

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