The Carousel Shop offers new life for old clothing.

The Carousel Shop is a re-sale shop that specializes in buying and selling gently worn, two- to three-year-old clothing for men, women, children and infants. The store sells everything from sweaters, suit jackets, formal wear and cocktail dresses, shoes and casual wear to business attire. Women’s sizes range from 0 to 28. The store is packed with an assortment of styles and designers.

Co-owners Lori Barajas and Lori Baumann, both of Royse City, operate the shop at 103 E. Main Street where they have helped customers find the perfect items to fit their needs for two years.

“I love thrift store shopping, and I love getting a bargain. We were looking for something that didn’t have a negative impact when the customer thinks of resale. The premise behind the carousel is this is where fashions and bargains come around,” Barajas said.

The two have been friends for the last 20 years. They opened the store after Baumann was laid off from Alcatel in Plano in 2002.

“The first day we opened was Oct. 3, 2003, and we probably had five to 10 customers in the two hours we were open,” Barajas said.

They now average 20 to 25 customers per day, Barajas said.

Barajas and Baumann purchased the building in April 2004. Baumann’s and Baraja’s husbands remodeled the buildings for six months when they had time off from their full-time jobs.

The Carousel Shop accepts everything except wedding dresses, vacation T-shirts, jeans with holes or stains and nursing scrubs, Barajas said. The seller, or cosigner, receives 40 percent of the sale beginning in January. The Carousel Shop used to pay 50 percent and is changing the percentage to be more cost effective.

The most expensive item for sale at the Carousel Shop is a silver fox fur and women’s leather jacket for $125. The least expensive item is a Faded Glory T-shirt for $1, Barajas said.

The store will have its winter clearance sale beginning Jan. 17, where items will be for sale for $1 in the back room and other items throughout the store will be 25 to 75 percent off. They will begin accepting spring consignment items Jan. 24.

The store does not sell toys or baby care items. However, it does sell new and used purses, new jewelry and candles from a local candle maker.

Baumann enjoys the flexibility of being able to work in the town she lives in and the close bond she shares with her customers.

“We’re available for our kids and school functions. It’s interesting to talk to different people from everywhere,” Baumann said.

The customers and consignors come from as far away as Commerce, Garland and Sachse.

The two women closed the shop early when the Royse City High School varsity football team competed in playoff games.

“It’s nice to keep the business in town. We hear all the time from our customers that it’s nice that we’re in town and they don’t have to drive to Wal-Mart or to Rockwall.

“When my son was in the bus that turned over, I could take off of work and didn’t have to worry about closing the shop,” Barajas said. “It’s a lot of work but we have fun.”

The Carousel Shop is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and is closed Sundays and Mondays.

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