Tell me about your business, Diva Plus Consignment. Diva Plus Consignment is an online and mobile (pop-up) consignment boutique that caters to the curvy women in sizes 14 and up. At Diva Plus Consignment Boutique you will find vintage and the latest trendy fashions and styles in clothing, shoes, handbags, and accessories at affordable prices.
What inspired you to start your business? How did you first begin? Diva Plus Consignment was birthed from my love and passion for fashion. I lost weight, and I was in between sizes, I did not want to buy a new wardrobe until I reached my goal, but I still wanted to be fashionable. I went to the local thrift and consignment store but was saddened by the lack of their plus size inventory. I became more passionate than ever to provide a place where plus size women could purchase quality “new-to-you” clothing and accessories without spending ridiculous prices to look and feel good about their curves.
I started by having plus size swaps. Women would bring in their new and gently used items and swap them for “new-to-you” items; an inexpensive way to update your wardrobe.
How long have you been in business? I’ve been in business since July 2013. I had my official launch in July 2014.
If someone wanted to consign with you, what would they need to do? Do you work with consigners from outside of the DC metro area? Interested consignors in the Washington Metropolitan area can contact me via 202-607-1575. We would schedule an appointment to meet with you and pick up the items clients wish to consign. During the first appointment we go over the terms of consigning with Diva Plus Consignment, LLC. We explain our policies for determining what items we accept for consignment. A limit of 20-25 items would be accepted at one time. The items would be in rotation for sale for 90 days, during which time they would go through scheduled markdowns until sold. After 90 days, items not sold may either be picked up, or donated to a charity. We do not accept out of town consignors at this time but we are working to expand our policy to include out of town consignors very soon.
What has been the key ingredient in your success thus far? I think the first key is FAITH! Faith in God and faith in my products. I also believe that I am in partnership with my clients. A partnership that is a synergistic blend. My consignors have an opportunity to turn their cluttered closets into cash, and the buyer gets to update their wardrobe on a budget. The consignment partnership becomes mutually beneficial to all parties.
What has been the most challenging thing about being an entrepreneur? The most surprising? The most rewarding? For me the most challenging thing about being an entrepreneur has to be -- being a one-woman show; I’m responsible for doing everything. I am the public relations person, the social media person, and the inventory clerk. You name it; I’m it. I do have a support system, however at the end of the day I’m responsible for my brand.
The most surprising is the growth of small businesses in the plus size industry. When I began this journey of resale of plus size clothing, the number of businesses that catered to the curvy diva was few.
The most rewarding thing about being an entrepreneur is doing what I love. Fashion is my passion. I love to see my curvy sisters bring it. No more tent dresses. I love to see a woman transformed in her clothing and her attitude.
What’s next for Diva Plus Consignment? Near term we’re hosting the “I Love Myself” fashion show where men and women will rip the runway showing confidence, which is the best fashion accessory, no matter the size. It is my mantra -- Good things start from within! The show will be on Saturday, November 14th, 2015 from 3:00 to 5:30pm at Signature Blue Events in Beltsville, MD. Tickets are $15 General Admission & $20 Very Important Diva (VID) Admission. The next thing is to continue to grow Diva Plus Consignment to become elite go to plus size consignment boutique, give back to my community of women through continued partnerships.
How can my readers keep in touch with you? I’m on Facebook and Instagram as Diva Plus Consignment. I also have a website, www.divaplusconsignment.com. If they would like to speak with me they can reach me at (202) 607-1575. Anyone interested in attending the fashion show can purchase tickets on the website under the Events tab.
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