Less than one year ago on August 1, 2015, Rachelle Stetler opened P&D’s Closet, a store specializing in gently-used children’s clothing and toy store.
Here’s what is posted on her website (referenced in the resources below):
Like most parents we were accumulating bags and boxes of kids clothing as the kids grew. I didn’t have the time to post them, or take them into a consignment store. There had to be another option. I started buying up cheap lots of clothes and filling my basement with all sorts of sizes and gender. When it started over filling I realized it was time. Through passion and drive I have strived to develop a hassle free way for you to rid yourself of the bags of clothes piling up in your basement.
Because children grow so quickly, as soon as you buy them new clothes, they grow out of them again. This is an ongoing and expensive cycle.
We offer you a place to bring your gently used items, and drop them off while you shop. I will sort through them and give you a quote for the items we will accept. When you’re ready you can take your money and run, or you can choose to buy more and take advantage of the 10% discount applied on the money earned and spent in store that day.
If you love brand name clothing, but don’t like retail prices, you’re going to love P&D’s Closet!
When did you first know that you wanted to be self employed?
I have always wanted to be self employed, it’s in my nature. I knew I wanted to start up when I was living down in Nashville, and we had decided to move back to Vancouver Island. I had been introduced to many different business plans for the children’s market, and I was very excited to bring one of them to Sooke, where we are limited in what we have for options. This was actually my second business plan I had for Sooke. I decided on this one because of the lower start up costs, and the flexibility to be there for my children when that is needed.
What support systems did you have in place when you started?
My husband has been my biggest support. I wouldn’t be able to do it with out him at my side. A close second is the network of other business owners that have given me very sound advice, and I have carried that advice through to my business. This community has also been extremely welcoming and supportive of me, Sooke is an amazing place to live and their small business support can’t be rivaled.
What advice would you offer other potential entrepreneurs?
Have a business plan, the more you know, the less you can be surprised. Don’t take your customers for granted, every single one matters.
What keeps you motivated?
My motivation is my stubbornness to not give up and my will to succeed. I am passionate about the service I am providing to Sooke.
My biggest challenge so far has been work/life balance.
I could do without negativity, but you can never avoid that 🙂
Looking back, knowing what you now know, what would you have done differently?
I would not have started in August at the end of the peak season. I would have started in the spring. Lesson learned 🙂
At what point should an entrepreneur take the “leap of faith” and start up their business?
When the planning is all there, and all your battling is the confidence.
Any financial management advice or tips you’d like to offer?
Save where ever you can. Avoid buying new for everything, any money saved can make a huge difference.
- P&D’s Closet, online
- On Facebook
- Address 2113 Otter Point Rd.
- Email email@example.com
- Phone 778-679-7789
Open Tues-Fri 10-6pm Sat 10-4pm Closed Sun and holidays…
****Pleae note: I am not able to buy items on Saturdays****
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