Dundee retailer Scout: Dry Goods & Trade
has been perfecting the art of “buy, sell and trade” since 2008, owner Kelly Newell says, and the business just expanded this summer from its original space at 5019 Underwood Avenue-now known as Original Scout-right across the street to New Scout at 5018 Underwood Avenue.
“It still feels like Scout, but a little different,” Newell says. It’s been a year of growth for the company, which also began selling merchandise in Lincoln earlier this year through Home & Closet Vintage at 33rd and B Streets.
Scout buys modern and vintage men’s and women’s clothes and accessories from sellers in the community. “We are similar to consignment except we are technically ‘re-sale’; that just means we buy items outright from customers,” Newell explains, adding that sellers receive store credit or cash for their items before they leave “without the hassle of having to wait for the items to sell.” For buyers, all items are pre-screened for quality and season-appropriate merchandise is on display.
Not only does the practice of re-sale keep great clothing and accessories in circulation, Scout’s business model includes a commitment to environmental awareness and reusing and reducing materials whenever possible: cow-feed buckets for seating, rescued paint for interior walls, even flooring and counter surfaces created with scrap lumber. Scout is a BYOB shop (bring your own bag).
Two locations makes possible not only a greater volume of goods, but also creates the potential for the addition of new merchandise categories like home accents and decor in the future, Newell says.
Scout is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, visit ilovescout.com
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