Hospital's consignment shop to open tomorrow

April 28, 1994|By Sherry Joe | Sherry Joe,Sun Staff Writer

A consignment shop created by Howard County General Hospital and Columbia retailers will open tomorrow in the Hickory Ridge Village Center.

Called Rave Reviews, A Consignment Shop, it will offer seasonal women's career and designer wear, infant and children's clothing up to size 8, and china, crystal and small furnishings.

"We're hoping to draw people from the whole area," said Sharon L. Akers, chief operating officer and director of development for the Howard Hospital Foundation, which is overseeing the hospital's 20th anniversary endowment fund campaign.

This year, money generated at the shop will finance three additional beds in the hospital's 15-bed special care nursery for premature and critically ill newborns.

"Each year, we will determine what are the most pressing needs" of the hospital, Ms. Akers said.

Elizabeth Peplow Buckley, marketing manager for the Rouse Co., came up with the idea for the consignment shop after hospital officials approached her a year ago.

Ms. Buckley's mother established a similar shop for Mercer Medical Center in Trenton, N.J., 35 years ago.

"I knew it made a lot of money for the hospital," said Ms. Buckley, who hopes Rave Reviews will generate $100,000 to $200,000 annually for Howard County General Hospital.

Ms. Buckley expects the shop to attract career women and mothers looking for bargains on upscale clothing and household furnishings.

"There are so many women who like and appreciate good clothes," she said, calling the store "a new alternative to shopping."

Though the store will feature bargain clothing, Ms. Buckley said it will not be a thrift store.

"I envision quality merchandise," Ms. Buckley said. All shoes will be new, and lingerie, bathing suits or other clothing that could represent hygiene problems will not be accepted.

Officials spent a year planning and designing the shop.

Columbia Management Inc. donated the retail space for the shop's first six months of operation. Merchants from the Mall in Columbia and the village centers have donated paint, store fixtures, racks and display cases.

Members of the hospital's volunteer auxiliary will staff the store, which will be open Tuesday through Saturday. Consignments and donations are accepted by appointment only on Tuesdays from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and on Thursdays from 8 a.m. to noon.

The shop will be open Tuesdays from noon to 4 p.m., Wednesdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Fridays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Information: (410) 531-6946.

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