Consignment boutique shopping is the latest specialty segment to attempt to build a strong foothold in downtown Trenton. Two new such shops are in town, adding a couple new dimensions to this emerging local market sector.
Mom’s little Secret opened its doors at 2723 West Jefferson (between West and St. Joseph), and Riverside Treasure Shoppe is at 2305 West Jefferson, in the former location of the Riverside Wedding Chapel.
They join existing shops such as The Perfect Dress and Diva on a Dime, which are relatively new to the downtown themselves. Each shop is attempting to carve out a special business niche, and from all appearance the shops that have chosen to locate here complement each other very well.
Mom’s Little Secret carries top-of-the-line maternity wear and children’s clothing on consignment. Owner Dionne Sparks is looking for great, gently-worn clothes and will pay 50 percent of the sale. She said the store is open Mondays through Saturdays and offers a “Drop and Run” service for busy parents who want to drop a bundle of clothes and fill out paperwork later.
“Quality children’s clothes and maternity wear are so expensive; we want to offer great items for great value and we know there are even tour groups who take buses to shop at quality consignment (stores), which we hope to get involved with,” Sparks said.
Sparks is a friend of Kim Hillen, who owns Diva on a Dime, which is a high-end second-hand shop a few blocks north at 2355 West Jefferson.
“We joked that we should open a Little Diva’s and Mom’s Little Secret developed from there,” Sparks said.
Hillen’s shop features gently-used designer fashions and accessories for women of all ages, in sizes 2 through 3x in most current trends. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.
“Business has been pretty steady here,” Hillen said. “We are growing from word of mouth and because of our great selection of designer clothing.”
Another new shop to recently join the growing mix of unique specialty stores is Riverside Treasure Shoppe, which aims to offer combination of candy, gifts and consignment artwork throughout the two-story historic home at the corner of West Jefferson and Harrison.
The Perfect Dress, 2710 West Jefferson (between West and St. Joseph), specializes in offering designer bridal gowns “at reasonable prices.” The shop also has a wide variety of special occasion dresses for prom, homecoming “or any formal event where you want to look your best.”