Have you heard? Divine Consign has new owners! While they are new faces to the Women’s Resale Bi-Annual Sale, the new owners are familiar faces to the Champaign-Urbana community. Tracey Clayton and Lisa Cook, owners of Frogs & Fairies Boutique, recently purchased the Illinois Divine Consign Sale, which will return to Champaign in August. We wanted to know more. Read ahead and find out when you can get involved with Divine Consign — shopping or consigning.
Tracey: I live in Savoy with my husband of 13 years and our children Chloe (11), Lola (8) and Hudson (2). I have been a co-owner of Frogs & Fairies since 2009. It’s a resale boutique for kids sizes newborn to 12, maternity and shoes that’s located in Bloomington, Ill. I am absolutely obsessed with Jon Bon Jovi. I think I have seen him over 50 times. I actually met him last year on a trip to Mexico and I nearly fainted! I have traveled as far as Dublin, Ireland, to see him in concert. Call me crazy!Lisa: I live in Urbana with my husband of 13 years and our children Nicholas (11) and Garrett (8). I, too, am a co-owner of Frogs & Fairies. I have always been a bargain shopper. Growing up, outings with my mom always included shopping and lunch. As an adult, I’ve always found it funny that vacations with my husband’s family would consist of how many museums or touristy things we could do. While a trip with my family included how many TJ Maxx’s we could hit along the way!
How did you decide to buy Divine Consign?
We both received an email that the co-founders from Wisconsin were going to sell the Illinois part of the sale. We were devastated as both of have loved to sell and shop this event since 2009 and had already saved two overflowing totes to go into the spring sale. After complaining to each other for a few minutes, we kind of looked at each other while both thinking the same thing, “We could guarantee it is still around if WE buy it!” We took a couple of days, talked to our husbands and responded to the email. It seemed to be a perfect fit and very complementary to our current business.
What do you love most about consignment and resale?
Tracey: I have loved retail since I was 5. I started managing stores at 19. It is truly my passion to merchandise clothing and accessories and style others, always out to find the best deal. That is why I love consignment and resale. I love the hunt to find a special treasure that you normally can’t buy in the stores. You can be so fashion forward on a budget. Second hand has never been so chic.Lisa: There are some stores I have stopped shopping at over the years, because I didn’t want to have the same thing everyone else had. I might have been scarred as a teenager when I showed up at a dance to find another girl in the exact same dress I was wearing. That’s the best part of resale, there is not a full size run of anything.
Our first event will take place Aug. 12-15 and will be an ALL SEASON Sale at the Fluid Events Center in Champaign. Divine Consign is a unique semi-annual event that takes place in the spring and fall. It is such a quick and easy way to make cash on your gently worn clothing. You will receive your check about two weeks after the sale ends. That cash is going back into our community and businesses. Should you choose to donate any clothing that does not sell, it too will be distributed to a local organization.VOLUNTEERS are what make this even a success! For every four-hour shift that consignors volunteer at the event, they earn an additional 5 percent of their sales. Consignors have potential to earn 75 percent as well as get the opportunity to shop the presale. Consignor registration is OPEN.DC is fun to SHOP! It is a great way to build your wardrobe or just add fun new pieces to your closet on a budget.
We are trying NOT to change any of the processes that our consignors have done in the past. We want to learn from them and make this a smooth transition. This sale has been successful since 2009. We will add a fun flare to the event by possibly adding a fashion show on the presale night. At the event, along with the boutique and Divine Favorites, we may spotlight the top trends for the year, for example, having a section specifically for the color pantone, which is the color of 2015. We want to make it more of a ‘fashion week’ feel and have it be fun for those who shop and volunteer!