Consignment Industry Leader, Tracy True Dismukes, to Present Keynote Address for Resale Shop Owners National Industry Association Conference
The National Association of Resale and Thrift Shops (NARTS), the world's largest resale shopping trade association, has selected Tracy True Dismukes as the keynote speaker for its 22nd Annual Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona to be held June 25-29, 2009. Dismukes is the owner of Collage Designer Consignment, a chain of three women's clothing stores in Birmingham, Alabama, and is Host of Consignment Chic Television and ConsignmentChic.com - The Consignment Shoppers Online Community.
In this struggling economy, few industries are flourishing like resale and consignment. Consumers who have tightened their budget belts are now discovering that they can maintain the high standard of living they had become accustomed to by shopping consignment and resale. They can find high quality, in fashion, designer and better apparel, plus size clothing, accessories, designer handbags, shoes, children's clothing, furniture and home decor at prices 60% - 80% off retail every day. They can also make money by selling items on consignment that they are no longer using that are in perfect condition and in style. Dismukes said, "Where else can someone make a purchase without pulling out their wallet to pay? When selling items through a consignment shop, the consignor can purchase items with the credit accumulated from the sale of items in their account. It is a win-win solution for everyone!"
Through the keynote address, Dismukes intends to motivate the 320+ shop owners in attendance from across the United States and Canada to join together to promote consignment shopping through local, national and international efforts. According to Dismukes, "We all become larger in the eyes of the consumer when we combine our resources and work together towards our common goal - to excite and educate consumers about the thrill of shopping consignment and resale!"
Dismukes is the Host and Executive Producer of the Consignment Chic television show on the local CW affiliate and Owner of ConsignmentChic.com, a consumer-focused national website with video clips, blogs, store finder, message boards and information to educate and energize consumers about consignment shopping. This active online community for consignment shoppers is set to launch online shopping in an e-Commerce store comprised of merchandise from hundreds of consignment shops across the country in August, 2009.
Started in 1992, Collage Designer Consignment was voted Best Consignment Shop and Best Women's Boutique by readers of Birmingham Magazine and Dismukes was awarded Retailer of the Year by the Alabama Retail Association. Consignment Chic Television was created in December of 2008 when Dismukes recognized how the current economic downturn coupled with the renewed emphasis on recycling made it the perfect time to showcase the consignment and resale industry.
Tracy True Dismukes