If you are in the El Dorado, AR area, be sure to check out this amazing sale Sunday 8/27/17 through Thursday 8/31/17.
In 2016, Rhea Lana’s El Dorado was honored as one of Consignment Mommies’ National Top 10 Best Consignment Sales. Melissa Polk, the owner of Rhea Lana’s of El Dorado, shared their story and some great advice!
How did you get started?
I am the original owner of Rhea Lana’s of El Dorado and purchased my franchise in the Fall of 2010. It was my love for our local Rhea Lana’s combined with my desire to bring something like this to the community I grew up in that prompted me to take the leap. I am from South Arkansas and they didn’t have anything like this available for moms who wanted to shop on a budget. I knew how much of a blessing Rhea Lana’s had been to my family as a consignor and a shopper, and I wanted that for the moms and families in South Arkansas.
What’s your very best shopping tip?
My best shopping tip is come in with a list and your kids’ sizes! With almost 60,000 items to choose from, this helps you stay focused. You can scratch everything off the list and still have room to find those “surprise” items that you didn’t know you needed. Those are the fun finds!
What’s your best tip for consignors?
My best tip for consignors is pricing and appearance. By taking a little extra time to make sure your items are prepped correctly, you will add money to your check. This includes hanging items correctly; making sure clothing is wrinkle-free, packaging toys well, etc. As far as pricing, we suggest 25-30% of retail as a good price point. Combining these two things can really increase your sales!
What is something you are most proud of?
The thing I am most proud of is the overwhelming support and response we have had from the community from the very beginning. Moms and families have trusted us as shoppers and consignors. Because of the generosity of our consignors, we donated over 16,000 quality items to South AR families in need just last year. We are proud of the Mom’s Marketplace these families help us create twice a year, and we are proud of their generosity too! We love what we do!