Resale shop offers name brand clothing, baby gearSeptember 10, 2019
By ALLEN LAMAN
JASPER — For Rhonda Parks, resale is more than flipping shirts and selling cribs.
The Jasper woman has always been one to hunt for a bargain — whether at a yard sale or a storefront shop — and recently, she’s opened a new clothing and baby item resale business that she hopes will fill a hole in the Jasper community.
“I just love interacting with the customers,” said Parks, who is the owner of Aria’s Upscale Resale in the Southgate Shopping Center and has been in the resale industry for decades. “I love to yardsale, so my husband says it feeds my addiction, which is yardsaling. And I just think there’s a need here.”
The shop is named after Parks’ granddaughter, Aria. It is located at 283 S. U.S. 231 in Jasper and is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
Among the business’ offerings are clothes for men and women of all ages, electronics and games, as well as baby furniture and clothing for the little ones. The shop offers a consignment program, as well as cash on the spot for clothing that is brought in, as well as cash for all baby gear.
Currently, the shop is not accepting any more clothing.
From 2008 to 2012, Parks owned January’s Closet in Jasper, which was a similar resale business housed in the former Kmart shopping plaza. That successful shop shuttered its doors because Parks — who was working full time at the establishment — needed a knee replacement. After it closed, a void formed.
Though she also loves her work as a therapist at Playful Healing & Counseling in Jasper, Parks missed resale work from the moment January’s Closet closed, and she began planning her return to the industry about a year ago.
Her family pitches in and helps at Aria’s — a space that used to house a beauty shop — running the registers and stocking the clothing sections with name brand shirts, jeans, sweaters and more.
“The baby furniture and baby stuff is a huge thing just because you can’t get that anywhere else,” Parks said, noting that those products can be much more expensive at Walmart. “And then, of course, we have name brand clothes for everybody. A lot of people think it’s just a baby or kids store, but you can see it’s not.”
She knows a lot of people go to Evansville to buy Abercrombie and Hollister jeans. That trip that could become obsolete as her shop also sells those quality digs.
A month after opening, Parks said business has been good and steady.
“It’s been awesome,” she said. “I mean, we’re busy just about every day. People have brought so many clothes in, we have about 60 totes of clothes that we’ve got to inventory and get out. So, it’s been overwhelming. It’s awesome.”
Aria’s Upscale Resale can be reached at 812-481-5278.
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