“My youngest daughter named it,” said India Kenyon, Cutie Curls’ owner. Ms. Kenyon is the mother of three daughters (ages 19, 13, and 10).
Ms. Kenyon said. “I’ve stayed home for 19 years with my girls, and opening the shop is like skydiving. You don’t know what to expect. You just jump and hope it works.”
She and her husband Zach ( a firefighter in Providence) moved to Little Compton about 10 years ago. “We wanted to get out into the country with the girls as they got bigger. We’ve been involved with softball, girl scouts, basketball and the parent-teacher organization at the school.”
But “sooner or later you have to do something that makes yourself feel happy,” she said. That’s when she started Cutie Curls.
“This is my outlet. I love it. I used to make dance recital outfits, hair accessories, hair bows, and head bands, and I loved it. And that’s how I got started.” She sold a lot of what she made to boutiques, “and I still do,” she said.
Cutie Curls carries a wide array of consigned items, “from baby all the way up to teen clothing,”
The inventory is mind-boggling. Like a guide with a tourist in tow, she walks around the shop, pointing to item after item: Corky coats, hair bows, designer name bags, jewelry and soaps made by local artists, quilts for babies, designer jeans and tops, outfit sweaters, handmade or crocheted hats with interchangeable flower clips, American girl doll clothing, legos for boys, baby apparel, shoes, suits, purses, Vera Bradley purses, stuffed animals.
“There’s no way you can come in here and not find something,” she says.
The consignment arrangement is standard, with an effort made to direct the consignor’s share to charity if so desired. Goods accepted for consignment are held for 90 days, and if not sold are donated to charity.
Proceeds from sales are divided 60/40, with the shop getting the 60. The 40 percent share goes to the consignor, but increases to 50 percent if the consignor wants to use it for store credit.
The consignor’s 40 percent share can also be directed to any charitable organization the consignor designates. “We will figure it out if they want to do that,” Ms. Kenyon says.
Thus far Cutie Curls has directed proceeds to Wilbur & McMahon School and Water for Cambodia, (http://www.waterforcambodia.org), a relief organization that works to provide clean drinking water to people in Cambodia.
On January 8, Nina Kenyon, Ms. Kenyon’s 19 year-old daughter, is traveling to Cambodia with a group that for three weeks will be building fresh water drinking systems there. She is taking with her two duffel bags of consigned clothing from Cutie Curls.
Cutie Curls is open during the winter on Wednesdays through Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.. Ms. Kenyon said spring and summer hours will be longer. Telephone is: 401-837-0777. Also in the same building, upstairs, is another new consignment shop, with an inventory geared more towards adults: C & E Consignment (401-662-1502).
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