“I like the uniqueness,” Deja Vu of Wadsworth Manager Pam Lepley says of working at the consignment boutique. “It’s not like going to the mall and seeing 20 of the same things… here, no two things are alike, and you are able to find something unique to your personal style.”
The store features gently used clothing and accessories as well as brand new home décor items. Merchandise is neatly arranged from the window displays in the front of the store to the dressing rooms in the very back, thanks in part to the talents of Merchandiser Marilyn Hankins.
“I moved here almost seven years ago,” says Hankins. “I had a boutique in the Naples, Florida area. I came with a lot of my display materials, and I knew that since I am retired I needed something to do with those. I asked the store owner if he’d like to use some of my display items, and I’ve been helping ever since.
“What stands out about Deja Vu,” the retired fashionista goes on to explain, “is that our merchandise is almost like the customers that come through the door. It comes in every size, shape, personality, and appearance. We try to keep things in all price ranges, in all colors, and in all brands so there is something in the store to bring a smile and comfort to anybody that comes in.”
Consignment stores are similar to thrift stores in that they feature clothing that is potentially used (though it is not uncommon to find brand new items scattered amongst the shelves). The difference is the quality of the merchandise, as consignment stores hand-select items to display. Deja Vu carries a variety of brand-name merchandise that is less than two years old, and upon entering the store it is evident why Wadsworth women have considered it a community staple since 2008.
“You get to know your gals as they come in,” says Lepley. “It’s amazing the friendships I have built just from working here.”
“She can tell you more heartbreaking and uplifting stories than anyone else, because people get to know her and confide in her.,” says Hankins. “The success of the store is doubtlessly rooted in the quality and quantity of items we have, but I think customers return because they appreciate our small, personable team. Everyone’s talents just mesh so beautifully here.”
From the meticulously selected clothing displays to the well-arranged home décor items on the wall, the boutique stands apart from both traditional department stores and thrift stores. There is a certain positivity and pleasantness amongst its family of workers that has infected the store.
“We are proud to provide style hungry individuals with one-of-a-kind treasures,” says Lepley. “The value of buying gently used clothing is not only the price. You never know what you are going to find. Whether you are looking for something in particular or you just want to browse, it’s constantly changing.”
“Like a kaleidoscope, the designs out on the floor change all the time,” adds Hankins. “Rather than following trends, I find that many of our customers are starting their own trends and emphasizing their own fashion. And of course, you look like a million bucks without spending a fortune to accomplish it.”
Deja Vu of Wadsworth is located at 172 Great Oaks Trail, Wadsworth. They are open Monday through Saturday from 10 am to 8 pm and Sunday from 12 to 5 pm. For more information call 330.336.8439.