TORRINGTON — Alyssa Staton has always wanted a store of her own, where she could sell repurposed clothing, shoes, housewares and jewelry. She started her business at home, using Facebook to provide her 850-plus followers with a variety of gently used and nearly new merchandise, with success.

Her new store, The Goody Bag Variety and Consignment, opens Saturday from 12-6 p.m. at 466 Main St., across from Dairy Queen. She and her husband, Al, and their three daughters — Savannah, 10, Chesney, 9, and Ella, 3 — all are active members of the business, helping sort inventory and set up displays. It’s a family project of which they all are very proud. Staton, a Waterbury native, has lived in Torrington for about 15 years.

“My daughter Savannah has been by my side every minute, getting ready for the opening,” Staton said Thursday from behind the counter of the Goody Bag. “She’s been very involved. ... This is a family affair. We’re all doing it together.”

For his part, Al Staton created a comfortable dressing room area and a restroom in the back, where shoppers can try on their outfits before buying. “I think if you’re going to shop and spend money, no matter where you are, you should have a nice dressing room,” Alyssa Staton said. “Al did a great job on this, he deserves a shout-out. It came out really nice.”

While the store is chock-full of merchandise, with an array of clothing for men, women and children as well as a selection of shoes, home goods, small appliances, back-to-school supplies and jewelry, it’s clean and neat. A fragrant candle flickered on the checkout counter. Staton said she was drawn to the space by its push-out display windows in front.

“I love my display windows, “ she said with a smile. “They make the store look so much better.

“I also chose this space because it’s got great foot traffic, and lots of parking. We have metered spaces in front, and a big parking lot in the back,” Staton said.

Staton currently has 19 consigners selling their wares in the store, and more are lining up to get in. She carries a line of colorful tunic tops and dresses by LulaRoe, a Torrington-based company; Chalk Couture, a collection of home accessories made by a local artist; and several lines of jewelry made by local people, including her daughter Savannah.

Consignment is an easy way to make money, Staton said, and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic definitely made her business grow. “I had a lot of stuff of my own at home, and I was selling on Facebook Live already,” she said. “In January, I said to my husband, ‘Let’s do it, let’s open a store.’ Then COVID-19 hit. I was laid off from my job as a medical appointment scheduler at a local practice. Al’s a stay-at-home dad. So we decided to look for a place.”

“I love consigment shops, and I hate waste,” she said. “I like things to be reused so people can have them, and they can save money at the same time. We do buyouts, where we pay one price for merchandise, and that worked because people needed money. We’re about half consignment and half buyouts right now.”

A person interested in consigning makes an appointment with Staton, who goes through what they want to sell. Everything must be clean and saleable, she said. The store takes 60 percent of a sale, leaving 40 percent for the customer. After 90 days, the customer can take their items back or donate them, and Staton brings the items to Friendly Hands Food Bank or FISH, where they can be given to people in need.

“Most people don’t want their things back, so we’re happy to help Friendly Hands or FISH,” Staton said. “We like being part of the local community.”

Her rules are strict about taking quality items, she said. “If I won’t let my family wear it or use, it, I don’t want it in here,” Staton said. “I always say, it’s got to be in gift-giving condition.”

Staton’s website is under construction, but her Facebook page is a good way to reach her. For information, call 860-921-6504, or email thegoodybagconsignment@gmail.com.

Connecticut Media Group