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Going Green Up Front

  • Tuesday, October 1, 2013

  • Updated Wednesday, October 2, 2013 2:25 pm

My first crush nearly twenty years ago was a pair of black leather equestrian style boots in the window of Bob Ellis.  After class, I’d ride my bike down King Street, navigating tourists and trolley tours for a quick peek. I was in college and had no business going into Bob Ellis in the first place, let alone purchasing shoes from there; the price tag was more than a car my boyfriend had just bought--but looking back this says more about the car than the boots.  I worked as a nanny, and it took me three months of dropping off a weekly payment until I had finally earned enough to make that much anticipated final deposit. The perfectly coiffed sales clerks with their icy stares were much more comfortable with the customers who didn’t ask the price and were not so sure what to make of my weekly visits where I left empty handed. I’m sure if I’d had another month with them they might have warmed, but on that last day I was filled with such satisfaction, I nearly cartwheeled myself out of the store-and I didn’t even care what they thought about it.
These days I am less about the crush and more about the hunt. I get a bigger thrill from finding a deal than from instant gratification. Now that I know such great deals are out there, I’m determined to find them, even if it takes more effort than point-click--purchase. I also place a high value on customer service; friendly faces who treat everyone to the same warm welcome.  These are just two reasons I love Lisa Haas’ Green Bean Consignment Boutique, at 903 Front Street-she has deals and smiles for everyone who enters.
While “there is a great selection of thrift stores, Green Beans is the only consignment clothing store in Georgetown” said Haas, adding that a lot of people don’t understand the difference in the two. “Thrift donations are usually unwanted items. Consignment donations are still current fashionable items, they just don’t fit the customer any longer-too big or too small-so they consign it and earn 50% of the sale price.”
Haas has already expanded once, and her current location is wall to wall deals. In addition to getting consignments from individuals, she also has items from many stores, so she is adding and updating daily -keeping merchandise fresh and current. She has a great sense of trends for women and has all the “mall brands’ for tweens. Smoking deals like never worn Prada boots originally $400, offered at $125, and new Fortune Denim jeans, made famous by favorite ‘Friend’ Jennifer Anniston--originally offered at $200, but $49 at Green Bean.  (I was hoping I’d actually look like Anniston with them on-Hass offers amazing deals, but sadly stops just short of miracles.)
Haas has a motto of “recycle, repurpose and reuse” and her store artfully reflects that. She adds that she ‘bought a new computer, but everything else in the store-all the displays racks-everything--is being recycled from other stores.”  Even though she hangs her hat on Front Street these days, Haas adds that “I’m from Texas and we are big into recycling in Texas.”
A single mom and business owner, Haas loves supporting local artists and female entrepreneurs. She is a good neighbor, not just to her Front Street community who she is helping after the devastating fire, but to non-profits in the community. All Four Paws in Pawleys Island and Martha’s House in Georgetown are two that are close to her heart.
Just like your mamma told you, Green Beans really are good for you-and now they’re good for your wallet too! Stop in for a heaping serving of deals at 903 Front Street.
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