Monday, March 24, 2014

Spotlight on Juliet's Clothing & Accessories - By Michelle Libby

“Come find your style”

For two years, Heidi Hilton and her husband Mike Whittaker have looked for the right commercial property on Route 302 in Windham to expand their resale store. They found it in the building housing Joyful Noise Christian Daycare and Learning Center. This is the couple’s second store. The first is in Auburn. 

“Windham has more population and there are not a lot of clothing stores for women. It’s a good place for a clothing store,” said Hilton. 

“People told us ‘you need to get into Windham,” said Whittaker, who acts as head maintenance man for the store. 
“We wanted to redefine the word consignment,” said Hilton. 

The store is organized by size and section making it really easy for someone who needs to pop in to purchase a black T-shirt. Customers are quick to learn that stock turnover at Juliet’s is fast. What is there one day will be gone the next. 

“There’s a lot of buzz. A lot of talk about the store,” said Wittaker. 

“I think we’re very reasonably priced,” said Hilton. The store is full of brand names like Coach, Abercrombie, LL Bean, J.Jill and American Eagle. “The inventory is constantly changing. I put hundreds of items out new each week,” Hilton said. 
Juliet’s is more than just clothing for women. There are men’s, teen’s and women’s clothing from sizes zero to 2XXL. They also have previously-owned accessories from jewelry and handbags to belts and shoes. The store also has a $1 rack. 

Hilton just hired a new manager, Michelle Bradbury and is looking for a part-time employee for the summer.
“We’ve been open four week and have been really busy. We’ve exceeded our personal goals even with the snowstorms and the cold,” Hilton said. 

The store is clean and uncluttered and Hilton has set the store up how she likes to shop, she said. 

“I purchase from different people and different sources,” Hilton said. The Auburn store is all consignment, close to 3,000 items, but in Windham she prefers to buy items outright. “We carry a lot of unique jewelry. I get my stock at a reasonable price to see at a reasonable price,” she said. “I’m really picky on what I buy. I screen everything.”
She asks that people who are interested in selling to her make an appointment with items that are gently used and not over two years old. Everything should be washed. She watches out for smoke smells, animal hair and missing buttons, she said. 

The upscale atmosphere makes you forget that you are shopping pre-owned. 

Customer service is great there and Juliet’s will ship out of state, she said. Juliet’s accepts Visa, Mastercard and checks.
“We want people to come and have fun,” said Hilton. The hours are Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. “We are very excited to be in Windham.” 

Juliet’s can be found on Facebook, where they put most of their new items with lots of pictures, and at  

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