Good stuff, slightly used

Consignment clothing, sporting goods stores open downtown

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Steamboat resident Jessica Fritz fills out a consignment form for 19 pairs of shoes she brought to Encore Boutique. The store opened Thursday.

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Gabe Nicholas is running the Hell's Wall Consignment store, which opened earlier this month and sells outdoor gear.

— There still may be some life left in that designer dress that does not get worn anymore or maybe it's time to cash in the ski boots that pinched your toes all last season.

Two new consignment businesses have opened in downtown Steamboat Springs. The stores are aimed at locals looking for deals.

Encore Boutique, 635 Lincoln Ave., specializes in upscale clothing, while Hell's Wall Consignment in the 700 block of Yampa Street sells used skis, snowboards and other outdoor gear. At both shops, people can bring in their unwanted items, and the stores will sell them for a percentage of the sale price.

Backdoor Sports owner Pete Van De Carr and Sweet Pea Produce owner Jonathon Hieb opened Hell's Wall. During the summer, Van De Carr rents tubes out of the back part of the building, and Hieb is using the basement for storage.

Hieb said they wanted to do something during the winter months to help pay the rent. Something ski-related just seemed to make sense because it had been a ski shop for so long, Hieb said.

"One of the locals came in and said, 'I wish we still had a consignment ski shop in town," Hieb said. "If it takes off successfully, we'll do it year-round."

Consignors price their own items to be sold in the store as long as the price is reasonable, Hieb said. After 30 days, if the item does not sell, the consigner can either take it back or lower the price. Consignors get half the money from the sale.

"We take the hassle out of selling stuff yourself," Hieb said.

Gabe Nicholas is running Hell's Wall Consignment, and he encouraged people to look around their house for outdoor gear they want to get rid of.

"Everyone's got something," Nicholas said. "That's my store motto."

Encore Boutique opened Thursday in the former Cantafio's of Steamboat store on the bottom level of the Old Town Square building.

Emerald City Opera founder and artistic director Keri Rusthoi partnered with Duck Duck Goose business owner Leah Arnone in opening the Encore Boutique.

"In graduate school, I lived at the resale stores and we don't have one in Steamboat," Rusthoi said. "We just want people to know that they can get high quality clothes at a reasonable price without having to drive out of town."

She said the store will focus on upscale designer clothes, as well as bags, accessories, shoes and some men's clothing. There also are vintage and Western areas.

Steamboat resident Jessica Fritz dropped off 19 pairs of shoes for her friend at the store Thursday. The store pays consignors 40 percent cash or 60 percent store credit of the sale price.

"It's nice to be able to take your items somewhere and maybe make a little money," Fritz said. "I think it's a great idea. It's great for Steamboat."

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