Zippy Chicks offers consignment with flair

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MANCHESTER — Ellen Adams, owner of Zippy Chicks, is a keen observer with an eye for fashion and a heart to help.

Zippy Chicks, located at 4732 Main Street in Manchester, is an upscale women's consignment shop where you will find consigned purses, fashionable casual and night out clothing, jewelry, heels, boots, and flats.

Zippy Chicks is sophisticated yet comfortable.

Streaming, contemporary music creates a casual feel while the recently renovated space with its bright pink walls and photographs of the iconic Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn add style to the atmosphere.

Since the opening of Zippy Chicks six years ago, Adams has received clothing and accessory consignment items from over 3,000 consignors. Adams picks only the best pieces from her consignors which is why you can find consignment clothing from designers like BCBG, Armani and Kenneth Cole.

"I've had some of the same consignors since the beginning of my store," says Adams.

Along with consignment clothing Adams now carries new inventory from Free People.

Adams describes the Free People brand as "Bohemian style clothing. It is free flowing with an easy structure. It appeals to high school age and middle age women because it's easy to wear."

Free People is not Zippy Chicks' only new clothing line. Adams has relationships with four to five boutique stores in Burlington and Denver.

These relationships help her bring in new boutique clothing such as T-shirts, tanks, leggings, and scarves, at a lower cost.

"Typically it's end-of-season items the boutiques want to move out," Adams explains.

If Adams believes the items are what her customers are looking for she will bring them in and sell them at a discount.

Currently, about 20 percent of Zippy Chicks inventory is new inventory. However, Adams may increase that percentage in the fall citing the lack of boutique clothing options in Manchester.

Adams has an instinct for fashion and an understanding of what her customers like, but when she first opened Zippy Chicks she admits she had no real vision. Then, within the first year of business, a customer came in and pleaded for Adams to help her find an outfit for a job interview.

"It was at a time when the job market was tough," Adams recalls.

The woman told Adams she needed the job and she added that she hated shopping.

Adams, feeling inspired, went around her store pulling blouses off their hangers and matching them with skirts and pants. Then she pulled the outfit together with accessories.

"I put a scarf on the woman, who had never worn a scarf before, and she loved it," Adams says.

Adams took a before photo of the woman in her original clothing and then she took an after photo of the woman in her job interview outfit. As Adams was looking at the two photos she took to put on Zippy Chicks' Facebook page she noticed the look on the woman's face in the after photo and Adams thought, "This is why I do this."

Adams realized she liked to help people find what they need. And her customers recognize she is good at it.

"About a week later I got an email from the woman. She got the job," Adams says with a smile.

Anne Archer is a Journal contributor. If you have an idea for Savvy Shopper, drop us a line at news@manchesterjournal.com.

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