When Kelsey Fahrmeier, of Sedalia, decided to open a used clothing store she wanted it to be more than a place for people to find economical items, she wanted to offer something to benefit the whole community.
Kelsey’s Closet opened Monday at 420 W. 16th St. and will offer used clothing at economical prices. The whole idea behind the concept began because of a closet filled with items she didn’t need. She decided to sell them on Facebook, then one thing led to another.
“I got linked up with a distributor in Kansas City, who would sell me stuff for really cheap, all really nice name-brand stuff,” she said. “And, I got to thinking all of the places around here just seem really overpriced to me.
“I had people buying clothes from me and they were like ‘we wish there was a place around here that didn’t charge an arm and a leg for used clothes.’ It got me to thinking. To me there’s a need for nice clothes at a decent price and it’s hard to find them.”
She added that many families come to her looking for clothing. Fahrmeier felt by opening the store she could give back to the community.
“I started collecting some inventory and looking for a place,” she said. “So, that way I can provide that service to the community. Everybody deserves nice clothes for a decent price. So, I did some polls on Facebook, just to see if people would be interested, because it seemed to me like a lot of people were discouraged.”
Fahrmeier plans to sell jeans for $8 a pair, children’s tops for $2, children’s jeans for $3 a pair, women’s and men’s tops for $4 a piece and hoodies and jackets for $5.
“People deserve it, there’s no reason to go blow your paycheck because you need clothes,” she said.
Fahrmeier credits her fiancé, David Lindsey, for encouraging her to open the store. She added that she would always stand good for her clothing too.
“I’ve always had return customers, because I’ve always guaranteed my stuff,” she said. “I’ve never had any complaints, any issues.”
She noted that it really touched her when families would come to her needing school clothes for their children.
“There’s limited resources here in Sedalia,” she added. “I would really like to be one of those resources.”
She noted she would like to be “linked up” with Open Door Service Center to receive referrals.
“That way if they come across a family that really needs something but they are short on resources or because the other people in town are tapped out, I would like for them to be able to send those people my way so I can help them out,” she added.
She said her “main goal” is to be a service to the community.
“I’ve jumped from job to job but nothing ever really fit, and I think it’s honestly because this is what I was supposed to be doing,” Fahrmeier said. “I think I’m supposed to be helping people even with it being something as minimal as just clothes, it’s still something there’s a need for.”
Fahrmeier said she remembered not having nice clothes when she was in school and wants to change that for others.
“I want to be the one to make sure that there aren’t any kids in this town that are having that problem,” she added. “Bullying is such a big thing nowadays anyway, I don’t want to give any more fuel to the fire for those kids. I want to be able to help those kids go to school and feel confident. Because, if they’re not worried about what they are wearing they can focus more on their studies, and having fun and just being kids.”
Once the store is established, Fahrmeier hopes to offer a service for parents who need clothing for their families, but who work the night shift.
“I would like to offer a service eventually that they can call me, and for a flat fee, I will go, if the store is closed, and open the store to them,” she said. “That way they can shop for themselves and their kids.”
She also wants to make the place available as a “safe meeting place” for people who enjoy swap meets.
“I know there are a lot of swap shops on Facebook,” she added. “Everybody prefers to meet in public. I want to make it (the store) available as a safe place in public, just because the world is scary nowadays.”
Besides clothing Kelsey’s Closet will offer household decor items and artwork created by local artists. At present, Fahrmeier is carrying the art of local painter Ashley Killion and is open to accepting work by other artists.
She added that she’s excited to be opening the store.
“I really, really hope it takes off,” Fahrmeier said.
Kelsey’s Closet will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more information, call Fahrmeier at 619-1114.
Faith Bemiss can be reached at 530-0289 or on Twitter @flbemiss.