Scout Dry Goods and Trade has opened an online store.
The resale boutique, at 5019 Underwood Ave. in Dundee, began selling both new and used items online last month at www.ilovescout.com.
Kelly Newell, who opened Scout’s brick-and-mortar store five years ago, said she started the online shop as a way of increasing Scout’s inventory without opening a second store or moving to a larger space.
“Our space here in Dundee is about 1,500 square feet, and it’s just a matter of having more inventory than we can put out,” Newell said.
Scout receives its inventory from customers, who bring items from their own closets that they’re tired of or didn’t end up wearing much. Scout buyers sort through the clothing that customers bring in, choosing things that are both in good shape and still in fashion. Then they offer customers cash or store credit in return.
Scout has always carried a few new items -- mostly things like cards and handmade jewelry and accessories. But with the online shop, Newell has experimented with adding more new items, including shoes, handbags, printed tights (the best selling pair are printed with cat faces that resemble tattoos), iPhone cases, sunglasses and some clothing.
Newell has marketed the online shop mostly through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. And so far, she said, sales have been strong, though not as brisk as at the brick-and-mortar store.
“I just feel if I keep offering cool products at good prices ... it will work,” Newell said.