Henrietta’s Closet now open in downtown Jasper
by James Phillips
Oct 14, 2012 | 936 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tina, right, and Lindsay Pounds of Cordova shop Friday at the Henrietta’s Closet consignment sale in downtown Jasper. Photo by: James Phillips
Tina, right, and Lindsay Pounds of Cordova shop Friday at the Henrietta’s Closet consignment sale in downtown Jasper. Photo by: James Phillips
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In its 11th year, Henrietta’s Closet has shoppers flocking to downtown Jasper.

The children’s consignment sale, which is being held in the former Downtown Foods location, features everything from children’s clothing to baby strollers and car seats. The sale, which takes place twice per year, will continue through Saturday, Oct. 20.

Co-founders Audrey Graham and Amy Grice said the sale has grown each year.

“When we started, I don’t know if we imagined it being as big as it is now,” Grice said. “We’ve had a lot of people shopping already for this sale.”

Henrietta's Closet became Walker County's first consignment sale in May 2001. Graham and Grice were contributing to consignments in Birmingham and Florence when they decided to try the idea out in Jasper. The sale began in a small house on Airport Road with 49 contributors. Now more than 600 people bring items to the sale, which is held once in the spring and again in the fall.

Hours for the sale are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day. The final day, which is 50 percent off day, hours will be from 9 a.m until 4 p.m.

Grice said the sale would not be possible without its volunteers.

“These ladies work so hard, and they take extra shifts just to make sure everything is covered,” Grice said.

In exchange for working at the sale, volunteers get to shop before any contributors or shoppers.

Contributors price their own items and get to keep 65 percent of the profit, Grice said. Each year, the sale features some unique item. Grice said a full suit of armor was the odd item for this edition of Henrietta’s Closet.

“We had someone purchase this knight in shining armor and they named him Henry,” Grice said.

Grice said some of this sale’s most popular items are Halloween costumes.

“We moved the sale back and couple of weeks,” she said. “Being so close to Halloween, we are selling a ton of costumes.”

For more information on Henrietta’s Closet, call 205-522-8525 or e-mail hcloset@charter.net.