Dr. Ronda Henry-Tillman and Beverly Young combine a love for fashion with a pragmatic business philosophy to bring luxury items into the consignment market. Beverly and Ronda curate a collection of items – offering style + affordability in an environment that is fun (and safe) for shopping. “We provide quality pre-owned merchandise at prices that can’t be beat.”
Ronda, who remembers her sister’s great fashion and design as her inspiration for style, also recalls the moment she realized the retail space near her husband’s business Rob Tillman’s Ortho Rehab would be the perfect opportunity to pursue her dream. “I thought – ‘we can do this’ – and started asking friends to be a number,” Beverly begins. With their tenacity + steadfast encouragement from Dr. Rob Tillman and Beverly’s husband Pastor Ronald Young, these numbers continued to grow. “It started with 10 people and now we have more than 175 active consigners.”
Through the success of the store, the women are able to give back to the community. The Closet on Chenal has a dress for success program, which provides business attire to women or men for job interviews or other professional uses. Additionally, sellers have the option to donate their proceeds to nonprofit organizations. For example, one client gave their earnings to help support building a Women’s Cancer Program at the Biamba Marie Mutombo Hospital in the Democratic Republic of the Congo with the Dikembe Mutombo Foundation. Ronda states, “Having servant hearts and giving back to the community is a large component of our mission.”
They insist the consignment process couldn’t be easier, and it’s a great alternative when considering reorganizing any wardrobe. “You simply bring your items in and we will select the items that we feel will sell to the consumer. You will receive 50% of the selling price of the items sold. We place the F in fashion! So, if you have clothes for consignment, exit your closet and enter The Closets on Chenal Consignment Boutique.”
With consideration to COVID, The Closets has implemented the following guidelines and procedures to ensure a safe environment for its customers. Masks must be worn at all times, appointments are required for all shoppers, and clothes are inspected and cleaned before consigning.