#HipNJ recently interviewed consignment celebrity Karen Stagg, owner of Katoure Consignment Boutique located in Maywood!
#Hippers, if you’re all about discount shopping and high-end handbags, this place is definitely for you!
Hip New Jersey: How was it like being recently featured on reality T.V.?
Karen Stagg: Amazing! Our feature on “Life of Debt” aired on March 13th at 10pm on Spike. This was highly anticipated as the producers came into the boutique to film around April/June of last year.
The show is basically a financial makeover type of deal. Victor Antonio, the show’s financial strategist, is trying to help people change their way of spending money. Our episode featured a wife who had expensive taste and sold some of her high-end items to the store.
HipNJ: How did the production company find you?
KS: We get phone calls and emails from different scouts asking to film in the store on a consistent basis. Maywood is very charming and our store reflects that.
HipNJ: What were the other shows you were featured on?
KS: The biggest show was for NBC’s “Last Comic Standing”. It’s always a great time.
HipNJ: When did you open the store?
KS: I started the store four years ago and before that I sold out of my home for three years.
HipNJ: What makes you so passionate about what you do?
KS: This is in my blood. I grew up as a garage sale/flea market type of baby, and always shopped in consignment stores before I opened my own. When it came time to open my storefront, I let my instincts take over.
HipNJ: High-end consignment shops seems to be all the rage right now. What sets you apart from the rest?
KS: My customers know I have very fair prices, and they know they will be working with me. That familiarity goes a long way. I keep a record of who bought what, and have a “wish list” for customers waiting on certain items. It’s almost like I’m their personal shopper, and you don’t get that in other consignment stores
HipNJ: Talk about owning a storefront here in New Jersey and particularly in Maywood.
KS: I picked Maywood because this is a huge walking town, no matter the season. Maywood’s downtown is so quaint and family-oriented, and it’s nice that residents have everything they need right at their fingertips. And best of all for shoppers, there’s parking! I love this town and I love my beautiful space. Please come and check it out!
If you have fabulous items to sell or want to splurge a little on yourself visit Katoure Consignment Boutique at 54A West Pleasant Ave, Maywood!