Karens is the consignment retailer for most women.
“You can have the best clothes, and you can have everything, and at the end of the day, it’s just a collection of things that I like,” she said.
In fact, she’s already started selling her clothes to other women, and has been selling her collection for about a year.
She said she had been shopping at consignment stores for years and didn’t think about it until last year when she discovered the consignments of her clothes could be sold.
The items range from the latest to the oldest, but Karens said the consigning process can be overwhelming for most.
For example, she said, when her son was born, she didn’t have time to think about the logistics of packing the baby in a crate to go home with her and a mother to visit.
Then, the consigned items are shipped to her new home in Maine.
But, she is happy with the way her consignment business has been going.
Karens said she has been using consignment to pay for her daughter’s college tuition.
Now, she has a large inventory of clothes that she wants to keep for her children.
And, she also wants to be able to sell the clothing she has on consignment.
If she can’t sell her collection, she plans to sell them to a local business to help fund her tuition payments.
“I’m not going to let that go,” she told the paper.
A woman walks past the Karens Consignment Store on March 15, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.
Consignment is growing in popularity with more women becoming consumers of clothing, especially those that have been bought in bulk and have not been worn for more than six months.
Women are buying more clothes and clothing styles are being created, according to the American Apparel Association.
But, a recent study from the American Association of University Women found that, among college students, there is an “increase in women’s clothing purchases” that has been driven by the rise in online shopping.