Submitted by Jenna Zelenetz
When Jenna Zelenetz graduated from college last May, she decided to take a break before applying to graduate school or entering the job search.
"I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life," she says. "I was still interested in too many things, and with the job market so competitive it was difficult to motivate myself to apply for things that others were single-mindedly passionate about."
After seeing several segments on the local news about the success of consignment and thrift stores, however, an idea started to form.
"I had thought about opening a consignment store before, but for some reason it always seemed unrealistic. Now the timing appeared to be right on so many levels. I figured it was now or never."
The result was Ours Poetica, which features brand-name consignment clothing, which comes mainly from Zelenetz and her sister, and vintage items, many of which belonged to her grandmother.
"I come from a family of compulsive shoppers," she laughs, "and we've never had a yard sale. I always felt like we were saving it for something, and now I know what."
They also sell Zelenetz's jewelry and clothing her sister, a senior in high school, designs and makes. She describes their designs as "fun, unique, and trend-driven - a handmade alternative to the more expensive designer clothes we covet."
It makes sense, then, that their target consumer base is the younger crowd. "I wanted to open the kind of store I wished were here when I was in high school. But people of all ages and style sensibilities have told me they're so glad we're here. I think we have something for everyone. "
Ours Poetica is open on Tuesday to Thursday from 1 to 5 p.m., Friday from 1-6 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and is located at 11 Canal Street in Bellows Falls.