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Since she was very young, she dresses her paper dolls, Gail Roberson loves clothes.
As the owner of Bloomingail’s Consigment in Calabash, Roberson goes to work with clothes every day.
The businesswoman built her store with the goal of keeping prices “low enough that every woman can have nice things.”
“I thought about all those days when I didn’t have a lot of money,” she says.
As a divorced mother of three without child support, Roberson bought all of her clothes at yard sales.
“I’ve always been a bargain buyer because money was always tight,” she said.
She started a job near a consignment store and went there almost every day, becoming friends with the store owner. The owner needed help on Saturday, so Roberson worked for her for $ 5 an hour in store credit.
Years later, she opened her own consignment store in Sunset Beach, starting with five consignees in a small space. She eventually got four units in the same band.
After people started bringing him furniture, Roberson moved into another space. Going beyond that, she bought another unit across the street before moving to her current location in Calabash.
“We have moved six times in 20 years,” said Roberson. “Never in my wildest dreams had I imagined that my tiny little store would become this.”
Bloomingail’s Consignment is an incorporated business with 15 employees.
“We have been named the Best Consignment Store in Brunswick County 10 years in a row,” said Roberson. “We are very proud. “
The store building is 8,000 square feet, “and it’s packed,” Roberson said.
Keeping prices low has been Roberson’s number one priority.
“We haven’t increased our prices by more than $ 3 or $ 4 in 20 years,” she said. “Most clothes cost less than $ 10. “
Roberson said shopping is the best therapy there is.
“Women love to shop,” she says. “Sometimes a new pair of earrings, a new pair of shoes, a new blouse can change your whole life.”
All Bloomingail clothing arrives in store cleaned, ironed and on hangers, “ready to wear”.
You will find lines like Tommy Bahama, Croft & Barrow, Adidas, Ruby Road, Vera Bradley and other well-known brands at low prices.
Be sure to check out the half price room and the $ 2 room for even more deals.
“There’s nothing wrong with these clothes,” Roberson said of the discounted items. “It’s just that their time is up.”
After the $ 2 room, the clothes are donated to charity.
The store offers clothing and accessories for men and women as well as interior design, furniture, books and kitchen items.
“It has a bit of everything,” said Roberson.
Bloomingail’s ships by appointment, making 12 appointments per day. Each consignee is allowed to bring 25 clothes and 25 other things for a total of 50 items per appointment. The next available appointment is not before May.
“Between 500 and 600 items come into the store each day,” Roberson said.
All electronic items are plugged in before purchase to ensure they work. Anything that requires batteries is sold with the batteries already installed.
Roberson enjoys shopping in his store as much as his customers.
“I redecorated the whole house from this store,” she said.
His employees also love to shop at the store.
“By the time they’ve been here for 3 months, they’re changing their whole wardrobe,” she said. “We run advertisements. “
Roberson believes in treating employees like family.
“I respect them as employees and they respect me as a boss,” she said. “I tell them, ‘Bloomingail is your safe place. Leave all your problems at home. It’s a fun place to be, shop, and work. “
When Roberson was in high school, she took a course called “Future Business Leaders of America” because a friend of her was enrolled.
“It had to be a sign from God,” she said. “I never dreamed that I would be a business woman.”
Roberson’s daughter, Tracy, runs the store now, but the owner comes every day.
“I’m 77 and love coming to work every day,” said Roberson. “I could retire, but I would still come here every day. If I didn’t, I would be missing out.
Bloomingail’s shipment is located at 9990 Beach Drive in Calabash, NC.
The store is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday and from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday.
For more information, call 910-575-4949.