Kim Smith, owner of Kim’s Closet consignment shop in North Creek
One new store that’s caught the attention of local clothes connoisseurs is Kim’s Closet, which shares space with Betula’s on the second floor of Izzy’s Market and Deli at 282 Main St.
“I think it’s something that we need in this town,” said owner Kim Smith, adding that train travelers and second-home owners have found her consignment store since opening in June. However, it’s been a bigger hit with locals.
“If you’re going out on a date or if you’re going out for girls night and you want a new shirt and a new pair of jeans, you pretty much have to go to Glens Falls,” Smith said. “Even teenagers, if they have a dance coming up. Their families are working all week long, nobody has time to take you to Glens Falls, so you’re not getting a new outfit. Whereas, this is reasonable. Most tops are around $6 to $8, jeans $10 to $12.”
For the most part, Smith sells gently used clothing and shoes.
“There are some new things,” Smith said. “Things that I and other people bought for something, and then you get it home and it doesn’t quite fit exactly the same, some things still with tags.”
At Kim’s Closet, there are two rooms full of clothes, shoes and accessories. There are mainly women’s clothes, but there are some men’s clothes as well.
One room features a large, two-door wardrobe that’s been in the building for a long time. It dates to 1909, Smith said. Inside are fancy dresses and prom gowns.
“During prom season, I’m going to make this room big with prom gowns and try to get that going because everything is so expensive today,” Smith said.
In the next room are jeans, tank tops, T-shirts, dresses, shorts, shoes, men’s clothes and handmade jewelry.
“I would like to get some more local jewelry, because a lot of people look for jewelry,” Smith said. “We sell a lot of bags, different handbags and belts.”
As a consignment store, the inventory frequently changes.
“I have tons of stuff that I’m still trying to get out,” Smith said. “That’s another thing that’s great about this. It’s something you can come to every week, and it’s going to be totally different because every week I’m getting new items in. You just have to hit it where somebody your size just came in that has your taste and you hit the jackpot. You just have to keep coming back.”
For now, Smith wants to concentrate on clothing, but she’s open to the idea of carrying goods other than clothes, depending on the space.
“Who knows, down the road, because people are constantly asking for household items,” Smith said. “My space is limited here as to what I can have, so I’m concentrating on clothes right now. But down the road, you never know.”
She would also like to start carrying children’s clothes and plus sizes for women.
“I don’t want people to think it’s just tiny, little clothes,” Smith said. “I’m trying to make it for everybody.”
Kim’s Closet is open in the fall from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday. For more information, call (518) 812-4869.