Today we’d like to introduce you to Kristen Jones.
Hi Kristen, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
In April 2008, my mom, my sister and I began dreaming of a business we could run together. Out of that dream Boutique For A Week was born. Our first sale was in November of 2008 and for five years our families were served well by running the sale together.
In June of 2013, I became the sole owner of the business (Mom and Kelly both continue to participate in and love the sale). Boutique For A Week is still a family business though! Now I run it with my husband (Jeremy) and three daughters (Katelyn, Hallye, and McKenzie). During the sale, you can find Jeremy helping ladies out to the car with their purchases, running a cash register, and most importantly helping us keep everything going. My daughters also work feverishly to help and serve shoppers and their mom. It’s a highlight every year for all of us.
Managing Boutique For A Week as a family has provided numerous areas to grow together. From learning how to administrate the business aspects to acquiring important life skills, we have each benefited. It’s also given us the opportunity to share with others how much our own family is blessed by consignment sales. My dream is that many families profit from the great bargains and consigning opportunities available to them at our sale.
I pray Boutique For A Week will be a legacy for my children and their children as well. Because I have always loved a bargain, I try to teach that to my girls. While they love to shop at the mall and boutique stores, I often hear them say, “Mom, we can get a much better deal at Boutique For A Week than here!” I envision their years of working and consigning at the sale will benefit their own children. Hopefully I can see the next generations work it together one day.
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
It has become a well-oiled machine now but we had lots of growing pains, finding a location to rent to us that’s large enough, in a good area and has the parking and accessibility we need. Finding workers and volunteers for a short-term event has been hard since we can’t guarantee work all year round. There are still several ways we are prohibited from growing the way we would like.
Great, so let’s talk business. Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I do believe we are set apart because of our commitment to the community and helping to provide items for the homeless through The Sharing Center in Sanford. We also strive for quality items and organization in our setup and instructions for consignors. Great customer service is also a big deal to us so we try our best to give everyone who walks through our doors a great experience!
Let’s talk about our city – what do you love? What do you not love?
I have been in the Orlando area for 24 years and love living here. I love the diversity of the smaller towns but also large cities so close by, the family feels and also the endless opportunities! Least – I guess I would say the traffic and the constant construction. 🙂
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