By Julie Ann Madden

Posted September 19, 2013 at 5:00 am

Two Akron-Westfield alumni are opening a consignment shop in the former medical clinic building at 300 Reed St. in Akron.

Nikki (Kusler) Jurgensen and Jessica (Harvey) Minor hope to have the doors open the first week of October.

Their consignment shop will be 75 percent “head-to-toe” clothing, accessories and shoes — from infants, boys and girls to plus men’s and women’s sizes — but they will also have furniture, household and home decor items; children’s toys, sports equipment, baby equipment and furniture.

Right now, they are accepting consignments of these items.

The consignors will receive 50 percent and Back on the Rack will take 50 percent of the sale.

One difference from the majority of consignment shops is they will accept items on a “seasonal” basis instead of for a certain amount of days.

So they will consign “Spring & Summer” items from February to August and “Fall & Winter” items from September to January. Therefore, they are accepting “Fall & Winter” items now.

Consignors have the choice of either picking up their unsold items at the end of the season or donating them to the Helping Hands Thrift Store. For the donation, Back on the Rack will deliver the items.

Flea Market &

Home-Based Vendors

In addition to consignment items, they will have two options for crafters and vendors who would like to display and sell products such as Scentsy, Avon, Pampered Chef, personalized crafts and handmade items.

First, vendors may rent “flea market” type rooms on a month-to-month rental basis.

Second, for vendors who do not want a permanent display area with a monthly rental rate, Back on the Rack will display such individual products to be sold with Back on the Rack owners keeping 10 percent of the product sales.

Jurgensen and Minor have many ideas for future expansions and opportunities for consignors.

“This is just the beginning,” said Jurgensen, explaining although they are opening a business, their family obligations will still come first.

Therefore, Back on the Rack will have set hours but flexible hours.

“We may close early to go to our kids’ activities,” said Minor.

They have tentatively set these as Back on the Rack’s hours:

• Consignments accepted from 9 a.m. to Noon on Monday and Thursdays. All items must be in clean, good condition. For example, clothing must be of quality, fashionable, laundered with no stains, tears, worn spots, broken zippers or missing buttons.

• Tuesdays: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.;

• Wednesdays: 2 to 8 p.m.

• Fridays: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and

• Saturdays: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information and to make consignments, contact Minor at 712-551-6950 and Jurgensen at 712-904-9609.

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