Gerri's Closet is located at 4195 Massillon Rd in Uniontown, Ohio and is an excellent source of shopping for trendy gently worn name brand designer clothing and accessories.
It's owner is an Ohio Native, Gerri Talevich, who opened this business 14 years ago and attributes its success to her strong retail background and her love of people. Her first location consisted of 800 square feet of space which has more than quadrupled into 3500 square feet of devaliciousness at her newest location. Gerri is married to Chris and describes him as an "awesome" husband. They live in Green.
In addition to the owner, Gerri's employs three part time associates to help you in your quest for looking fabulous. They offer gently worn name brand designer clothing, shoes, new jewelry, handbags, scarves and small home decor.
If you have not yet been to Gerri's you should make it a point to get there. You won't be disappointed. Casual to career clothing sizes range from teen to plus size clothing. A very helpful staff will greet you and assist you in every way.
Hours of operation are:
Gerri is involved in the Chamber of Commerce, Resale Associations, Women's Groups as well as National Groups for Resale. She has met store owners from all over the United States and has also hosted workshops for consignment shop owners. She buys unique decor and does her own decorating in her shop. Her goal is to create a fun boutique atmosphere.
MISSION ACCOMPLISHED, Gerri!
Obtacles and Successes:
In the beginning, getting quality clothing consigments was a problem for Gerri, but that is no longer a problem.
Technology plays an important role in the life of a resaler. What used to be word of mouth (still as successful and a useful tool, but not nearly as much as the power of technology) has evolved into many fast-track networking tools such as facebook (they're on there), websites (they have one), blogs (they're on here), etc. Accessibility is a must and why not use every free or low cost item you can, right?
Gerri's offers a 50/50 split on your gently used designer items.
My experience as a Thrift and Consignment Tour Navigation Specialist:
In May 2010 a tour bus of 38 people with at least 20 more following in cars set out for a day of thrift and consignment shopping in the Stark and Summit Counties of Ohio. This trip consisted of stopping at shops in Canton, Canal Fulton, Akron, Uniontown and Hartville and a very successful shopping day for all.
In addition to our already large entourage of thrifters and pickers, strangers (who are now friends) participated as well.
Gerri's closet was one of the favorites from that tour. So many people on the tour did not know that many of these stores on the itinerary existed.
In small or large groups, Gerri's Closet is a must to put on your next itinerary. Whether it is just "girls" day or a full-blown thrift trip, put it on your agenda.