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Hundreds attend used clothing consignment sale

Dress On A Dime has expanded into several franchises and needs more warehouse space

Posted: March 19, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: March 19, 2013 2:00 a.m.

Kal DePaco, left, and Shelly Gomez, founders of Dress On A Dime, take care of sales in Valencia on Sunday.

or hundreds of women buying and selling used clothing, much of it high-end and designer goods.

Between 300 and 500 people — pretty near all of them women — descended on a warehouse in Valencia Sunday for the fourth and final day of the Dress On A Dime sale of used clothing.

A simple plan concocted by two Valencia moms to recycle womens clothing has quadrupled in size in four years.
In 2008, Kal DePaco and Shelly Gomez started Dress On A Dime and now report franchise locations in Ventura, Long Beach and Northridge.

“We never thought that it could grow so big and so fast,” DePaco said Sunday, pausing in her job at the cash register.

“We did kids clothing on consignment at first but then we realized there was nothing out here for women on consignment,” she said.

That’s when DePaco and Gomez invited women to sell their used clothing on consignment and invited other women — often the same ones — to come and see what was for sale.

The four-day spring/summer sale that wrapped up Sunday saw about 175 women selling their goods on consignment and between 300 and 500 women showing up to purchase clothing, DePaco said.

“We started when it was a huge thing to get involved in recycling,” she said. “So it was a great fit to start it at that time.”

Two shoppers — Lynn Broyles and Lori Gardner — attended the event Sunday having been convinced it was a good deal the last time they went.

“I got some great jewelry that was in good condition last time,” Broyles said.

Her friend, Gardner, said she “got great stuff for work” the last time she went to a Dress On A Dime sale.

The future looks even brighter for the two local entrepreneurs.

The 4,000 square foot warehouse they used for Sunday’s sale was too small apparently.

The women hope to show off their wares in a warehouse double that size for their next fall/winter consignment sale which is tentatively set for the third week in September.


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