Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Cookie's Upscale Consignment Offers Brand-Name Women's Clothing at Affordable Prices ; Located on D Street in South Charleston

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Cookie's Upscale Consignment Offers Brand-Name Women's Clothing at Affordable Prices ; Located on D Street in South Charleston

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Shoppers hunting for bargains at Cookie's Upscale Consignment might be surprised to find brand-name women's clothing with the tags still on them. Such new, but never worn, items crop up fairly frequently in the shop at 501 D St. in South Charleston. But that doesn't surprise Cookie's owner Paula Akers, who knows that many women buy new clothes, stick them in their closets or drawers and then forget they have them.

"It's amazing the amount of women who will by clothes, stick them in their closets with the tags on and then, a year later, find it and say, Oh, I never wore this,' so they bring it down here. I've got quite a few pieces out here that are still new with tags, Akers said.

Currently, Cookie's Upscale Consignment has a lot of fall and winter clothing in stock.

"I carry only name-brand clothing in sizes extra-small to 4-X in women's clothing. We also keep formals for every occasion. We keep those out year-round for black-tie events and proms, she said.

Currently, Cookie's has more than 750 consigners, who get a portion of the selling price of whatever they bring in. She's currently booked up with consigners but will consider adding more after the first of the year.

Akers and her store manager, Vicki Clay, inspect every article of clothing and accessories to make sure each item is in like-new condition.

"I won't put anything on the floor that I wouldn't buy in that condition. Everything has to have its brand tag in it and its size in it. It's got to look new, or it won't go out here.

In addition to clothing, Cookie's Upscale Consignment has shoes, purses, jewelry and other accessories.

"I can dress a woman from head to toe completely, she said. …

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