For women bemoaning the lack of retail options in Sandy, there is new hope for finding affordable, gently used and new clothes.
On Saturday, Jan. 4, Laura and Shaun Smit opened K's Clothing Boutique at 36745 Highway 26, in Sandy, next to Grocery Outlet. The store sells gently used and new women's clothing as well as shoes and accessories.
Opening K's Clothing Boutique was a leap of faith for the Smits. "Shaun's work is closing in May and there's no way we'd be able to live without that income," Laura said.
Until recently, Laura worked as a Title I and special education educational assistant in the Gresham Barlow School District.
"I was full-time and not making enough at all," Laura added. "It was the most devastating, hardest decision I've had to make leaving those kids."
Though she wasn't planning to leave the educational field, she admits the idea of opening a store has been lingering for a while.
"I helped my sister open hers in Prineville," she said. "And Sandy doesn't have anything like this. It's a huge leap, but you've got to take it."
Besides garnering new business, Laura and Shaun said they also look forward to this venture bringing them closer to the community.
The idea to offer gently used clothing was personal for Laura and she hopes to be a destination for those cut from the same cloth. "I shop at Goodwill a lot and I'm a mom of two kids," she explained. "So, I don't shop for new clothes for myself because I feel guilty. I like buying used clothing, so why not sell used clothing? It's like my target market and somewhere I'd like to shop."
Though the clothes are used, Laura noted, she tries to be picky and also make sure they're outfit-ready in the store. She and Shaun personally wash and prep all the clothing before they're ever put on the floor.
Eventually Laura plans to buy clothes from those who wish to sell gently used items, but for now is working through her existing stock. "We want to make sure everything is ready to wear," she said. "It's a lot of work, but we want to take pride in what we do."
Anything that has been donated thus far and wasn't chosen to be sold was taken to the women's shelter.
Everything in the store is less than $20 and they offer clothing in sizes 00 to 5X to ensure garments are affordable and accessible for everyone. "That's just what I prefer," Laura said. "I don't like going into a shop and not being able to buy anything because I'm too large or because I can't afford it."
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