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Constylement Resale Boutique has a charm of its own


February 10, 2014
Stroll through The Courtyard to 28714-B Valley Center Road and step into the Constylement Resale Boutique, a delightful world of whim in new and gently-used clothing of every kind and fashion imaginable. Although owner Kimberly Johnston opened the boutique's doors only nine months ago, this has always been a long-time dream. On weekends, Johnston helped her sister with her bar also located in The Courtyard.

"I was looking in San Diego for a shop to open. This opportunity opened up and I took it," said Johnston. Even though her background is administrative and accounting, Johnston has been in the re-sale business for ten years. "When I was young, I worked at a retail store. This was always a hobby," said Johnston. Her re-sale business became full-time six years ago. Originally, she started out on the internet. "I went on-line because I loved it. So now, I'm at a storefront instead of on-line," said Johnston.

The boutique doors are open welcoming the inquisitive shopper to browse through an assortment of formal wear including jackets and coats, business suits, party attire including cocktail dresses and casual clothing. Because people are walking on the trail, they stop in to shop for comfortable casual wear. From junior to senior sizes, there are plus sizes too. Tops and purses are bestsellers.

"Here, there's a little of everything for everyone," Johnston said. But the boutique doesn't merely stop with clothing. Also filling the shelves are shoes and handmade jewelry. Also on display are handcrafted items made by local Valley Center artists. Candles cut from wine bottles filled with soy are arranged on the marble counter tops along with an assortment of lotions and body washes. There is even a bit of home decor displayed on the walls. Johnston's daughter Kelsey is an art student at San Diego State. Her oil paintings, portraits, and pen and ink artwork for sale decorate the walls.

Johnston compares her boutique with the same feel as borrowing clothes from a best friend's closet. Inexpensive, the boutique clothing is for those shopping on a budget and who want to put something together to look nice with favorite styles and labels.

Johnston describes her shop as evolving, constantly changing. "People like to see new things. Racks are always being changed," said Johnston. Items are kept for 60 days, then discounted. Some clothing is eventually donated to Saint Stephens Church thrift shop. Johnston enjoys getting to know her customers on an individual basis, contacting them for special wish lists. Johnston's philanthropic philosophy is helping those in the community and thus returning the favor of Valley Center being so supportive and loyal to her consignment boutique.

Store hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. To learn more about the boutique, visit constylement@ gmail.com.

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