Second-hand clothing store aims to give back
EVART—Rachel Strobel is continuously trying to grow her new business, Unique 4 U, and despite some rough patches, she is confident in her store.
Strobel already has faced struggles in the three months that her second-hand clothing store has been open. The store was robbed twice and her laptop stolen along with some inventory.
Strobel was not able to get business grants or loans, so the remodeling and painting of the building, gathering clothes and all other aspects of starting her business can be attributed to Strobel’s hard work.
“It’s growing and everybody likes it, so I have faith in it,” she said.
HERALD REVIEW: Give a brief explanation of what your business does or specializes in.
STROBEL: We’re a second hand clothing store where you trade in your clothes for store credit. We’re getting new things all the time.
What kind of feedback have you gotten from the community?
STROBEL: Good. Really good. Everybody really likes it. They like the way it’s set up. People are telling me what they want and I’m trying to get it. It’s all been good, positive feedback.
What gave you the idea to start this
STROBEL: It just came to me. I was trying to decide what I wanted to do and I went from having ideas about running a taxi service to opening a drive-in if I could get the loan…I’d thought about having a bar or roller rink. It’s always been my dream to own my own business and have it be something fun that I enjoy.
What’s something people don’t know about your business?
STROBEL: They don’t realize that we have all types of clothes. It’s not just clothes for girls and women. We have clothes for guys. We also have jewelry and we have beautiful (formal) dresses.
What do you like about your job?
STROBEL: It’s something I can make a living off of. I’m not looking to get rich. I want to make a living, give back to the community and be involved. I want to be someone to be here for people. There are kids in the neighborhood who just come in to talk to me.