A&B Plus Consignment Shoppe opens on Friday, as part of the Downtown Dover Partnership’s First Friday marketing initiative. Owner Diane Avery has more than 30 years experience in banking and picked up some retail sales experience along the way, all while raising three children by herself. But, she wanted to try something different.


Diane Avery has more than 30 years experience in banking and picked up some retail sales experience along the way, all while raising three children by herself.

But ultimately, she wanted to try something different. After bouncing the idea off friends, whose daughters needed gowns and the like, Avery got some good feedback. Therefore, she decided to open up her very own consignment shop.

She started putting her shop together on Dec. 1.

A&B Plus Consignment Shoppe opens on Friday, as part of the Downtown Dover Partnership’s First Friday marketing initiative. First Friday, scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, includes arts, entertainment and refreshments downtown, and it raises money for a local non-profit organization. (February’s beneficiary is the Delmarva Boys Scouts Council.)

“I just thought that would be a good time,” Avery said. “That brings more people downtown and it would be good exposure.”

Avery’s clients will put their clothes up for sale for 90 days. If they don’t sell within that time frame, the items go back to the owner or the charity of her choice.

Avery will take 60 percent of the profits while her clients take the rest.

IF YOU GO

WHO A&B Plus Consignment Shoppe
WHEN 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday. Sundays and Mondays by appointment only.
WHERE 144 S. Governors Avenue, Dover DE 19901
CONTACT (302) 730-3699

Q What made you decide to open a consignment shop in downtown Dover?
A I quit the corporate world, you might say. I thought it would be really nice to have a consignment shop with my friends with their daughters [needing] gowns. I love going to consignment shops. For me shopping, that’s the way to go.

Q For those who don’t understand what a consignment shop is – such as men – what is it?
A If you’re looking for a really nice name brand that’s just slightly used – they look brand new – go to a consignment shop. Instead of going to Talbot’s and paying $50 for a blouse, I can go to a consignment shop and pay $15 for the same blouse. I don’t want to carry too much of anything that’s not brand name. People look for brand names at a reasonable price. A lot of people also look for vintage at a reasonable price.

Q What’s this 90-day limit all about?
A Most shops only hold their items for 60 days. If it doesn’t sell, it gets returned to its owner or goes to a charity. Because I’m just starting this, I’m going to leave mine for 90 days just to get myself established, really. And if it doesn’t sell, it goes back to the owner or charity – whichever they prefer. I belong to the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition and we have a store up in Wilmington that’s all fancy for black tie affairs. Clothing gets donated up there for women who want to attend the fairs – survivors and their family who can’t afford the dresses but can go there and get dresses at a very reasonable price.

Q Do you sell just clothing?
A It’s just really accessories and clothing. Everything except personals. And jewelry, hats, purses, shoes, gloves, eveningwear, casual wear. That’s it.

Q What do you see in the future with consignment shops?
A It’s a booming business. With the economy the way it is and retailers not doing too good, people want good things but can’t afford them. It’s really going to expand. Last week, I had an opening for just the merchants of Loockerman and they were excited. I think it’s going to go really well.