Her Closet Boutique, an upscale women’s clothing store that sells clothing, jewelry and handbags in Cherry Creek Shopping Center in Homewood, is celebrating its 30-year anniversary. Throughout May, the boutique is having sales to commemorate the milestone.
Her Closet Boutique has new clothing, but much of the clothing is sold on consignment. This means it’s given to the shop by a consigner who retains ownership until it’s sold. If the clothing is sold within 90 days, the consigner takes 40% from the sale. Otherwise, the owner must either return to the store to pick up the clothing or it’s donated to a local charity.
The consignment clothing at Her Closet Boutique is no more than three years old and in perfect condition, according to the website. Owner Rose Demko said the store has a wide variety of clothing with prices starting at $10.
“There’s all styles. It’s not young. It’s not old. We have something for a 30-year-old to all the way up,” Demko said.
The store, previously known as Her Closet, was in downtown Flossmoor for 20 years and has been in Cherry Creek at 18334 Governors Highway for the last 10 years. Demko said she moved Her Closet Boutique to Cherry Creek for the larger space. She said the store went from 1,000 square feet to 2,000 square feet.
This expansion has made it easier to not only sell consignment clothing but sell new clothing, handbags and jewelry.
“We started as just consignment clothing. Now I purchase jewelry, clothing, accessories, gift items and things like that,” Demko said. “Over the years, I’ve just been able to do more with the bigger space.”
To celebrate 30 years in business, there’s a sale every day in May that Her Closet Boutique is open. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Currently, the sale is 20% off all consignment clothing and 15% off all the new products.
“There will be some other surprise specials and things. And on the weekends, we’ll be doing some food and treats,” Demko said.
Demko said many customers come to her shop not just to browse but to seek her advice on what to wear for an event or a vacation. As a small business owner, Demko is plugged into the community, building relationships with her customers and knowing all about the major events in their lives.
“They’ll say, ‘Here, Rose, let me show you a picture of my outfit,’” Demko said, describing a customer stopping by her store after coming home from a vacation. “It just goes from there. It’s a friendship. Then I’ll start saying, ‘Hey, how was the trip? How was the wedding? How’s the dog?’”