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Ritzy Ragz offers savings to buyer, profit to seller

A customer at Ritzy Ragz & Thingz consignment shop picks out a child’s floral summer dress. The consignment shop offers a range of clothes from infants to plus-size women.

NANCY ANGEL/The 209


POSTED June 16, 2012 3:09 a.m.

TURLOCK — During this economic recession, discount stores throughout the Valley have been increasing tenfold. More than ever, people are finding new ways to shop efficiently and save money along the way.  Consignment shops have the unique advantage of making and saving money for the seller, buyer, and shop owner.

Secondhand and consignment stores grew at a rate of about 7 percent in 2009, according to the National Association of Resale Professionals, the world’s largest resale trade association.

Ritzy Ragz & Thingz, located at 126 West Main St. in Turlock, offers the customer a wide selection of the best in consignments at a fair and reasonable price. 

Walk into Ritzy Ragz and it’s like stepping inside an upscale boutique.  Designer handbags and jewelry adorn the racks.  The shop sells a mixture of gently used designer clothes, shoes, jewelry, and purses.  The store also sells baby clothes and accessories from designer labels.

“We began our adventure with Ritzy Ragz & Thingz in 2004 with one small shop in Modesto. Since then we have grown to three brick and mortar stores as well as our online store.  Ritzy Ragz serves a vast clientele not only locally but nationally and internationally.  We strive to bring in only the best in consignments and resale at a fair and reasonable price,” said co-owner Jen Kubala.

Between her three shops in Modesto, Turlock and Carmel, Kubala has more than 5,000 consignors she works with. Kubala said there often is an influx at the beginning of the month, with people looking for extra cash to pay mortgages, rent and other bills.

Ritzy Ragz customer Ivet Fuentes said she’s saved money from consignment shopping.

“Clothes are expensive nowadays.  I find myself saving more money by shopping at consignment stores and the clothes are beautiful,” she said.

“Everyone has to do what they have to do to pay the bills,” she said. “People who before would never buy anything used or secondhand are starting to find us. And we educate people on what secondhand is all about. It’s great for their wallet, great for the landfills, great for recycling,” Kubala said.

Ritzy Ragz is also contributing to the community.  The store recently donated dresses to Marissa’s Closet, an organization that gives dresses and gowns to underprivileged girls and women.



NANCY ANGEL
209 Reporter

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