A Classy Exchange
ē Location: 12791 Kenwood Lane, off 41 one block west of College Parkway, Fort Myers
ē Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Saturday
ē Contact: Call 931-4006
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Talking shop with Karen Donnelly, owner of A Classy Exchange in Fort Myers.
When did the store open?
Classy Exchange had been here for 18 years. After it closed two years ago, I opened a new store and changed the name slightly to A Classy Exchange. Thereís been some confusion that itís the same shop when, in fact, itís totally different. Itís fresh; itís new and itís good.
Why did you open the store?
I was looking to do something different and I always thought that consignment was the way to go. I made it look like a shop you would like to come to. Itís light, bright and cheerful. We have upgraded the items that we take in our shop. I want this to be the shop for every woman to come in, have fun and leave with a smile.
What do you sell?
We sell all things for the ladies: shoes, purses, hats, jewelry and, of course, clothing. I donít specialize in one specific thing because neither do women. The store is 900 square feet and we offer a great variety.
Do you have any sales going on?
Weíre doing markdowns to make way for our spring fashions. We have a sidewalk sales rack with items for $2.50 and $5. Inside, we have a markdown wall. So thereís always great labels at great prices here. Weíre making room for sundresses and easy, breezy dresses of paradise.
Who is your typical customer?
My customers range from 14 to 96 that I know of. They come from all walks of life and travel from Port Charlotte to Marco Island.
What are your most popular items?
Iím always looking for, and we sell a lot of, the purses from brands like Coach, Gucci and Louis Vuitton. Also popular are shoes and accessories and we have a great inventory of dressy dresses and casual dresses from Chicoís, Ann Taylor and Anthroplogie. Of course, our inventory changes daily as consignments come in every day. Itís almost like Christmas when they come in and I see what wonderful items they bring.