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The Looking Glass located in Uptown Clarksburg and is a one stop shop for consigners. The Looking Glass, that is owned and operated by Shell and Beth Hoskinson, is Clarksburg’s only consignment store. The husband and wife chose to open the Looking Glass when Shell decided he no longer wanted to work in the hotel business. When the shop opened in March 2013, their 312 W.Main Street location was only partially utilized, fast-forward to today and the owners are now looking to expand to a second Clarksburg location specifically for their antiques and collectables.
When the Looking Glass was established the Hoskinson’s focused initially on women’s business wear, formal dresses, and men’s suits, but their demand quickly changed to ladies’ tops and jeans and all men’s items. The Looking Glass has also expanded into infant and children’s clothes. On any given day you can find 65,000 items on the store’s floor, and between 800 to 1000 items are added a week. The store does not discriminate against what type of items it carries, you can find tote bags, shoes, accessories, formal gowns, scrubs, vintage clothes and much more. Sizes from infant to 5x can be found at the Looking Glass.
Over this past year, the Looking Glass has continued to expand now includes antiques and collectables. “The antique furniture has been a hit for the Looking Glass, and that’s why we are looking for an additional space to be able to house more antique furniture”, Beth explained.
The Looking Glass has 4,000 consigners, and those who wish to consign can bring in their items at any time. The Looking Glass prefers name brand items, but anything will be considered as long as it is brought in bagged or boxed, washed and folded, in gift giving, like new condition. The consigners name must be located in the bag, and each item will be tagged with a computer-generated identification number, and when a consigners item sells 40% of the sale price is then deposited to the consigner. Consigners can take their payment in cash, store credit, or a check can be mailed. Items are on the sales floor between 60-90 days, and if the item does not sell within that time span the item then belongs to the Looking Glass.
Items that do not sell are then donated to various organizations that are commendable causes, past donations have gone to organizations like: Shephard’s Corner, Mustard Seed, Humane Society Thrift Shop or the Pregnancy Crisis Center at Clarksburg Baptist Church. Clothes that are not able to be sold for consignment are donated to the Mission.
The Looking Glass is open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday 11a.m.-5p.m. and Thursday and Friday 11a.m.-7p.m. More information about the Looking Glass can be found by visiting their Facebook Page.
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