For teens who like to buy resale clothes and other treasures, there’s a store opening in Canyon Country where the money they pay out will come back to them. Whimbys is bringing a consignment opportunity to the TJ Maxx shopping center, specifically aiming to support schools and youth programs.
“I’ve been working on this for three to four years, saving until I had enough money,” said Whimbys owner Tracey Moss, who has been in retail sales for 30-plus years and volunteered extensively for PTA and the Boy Scouts.
Non-profit organizations can sign up with Whimbys to receive earnings from donated goods.
“I know the funding in schools has gotten worse and worse and worse,” Moss said. “I like kids; it’s profitable; it’s year round. It’s kind of a no-brainer – for them.”
When a school signs up for a fundraiser through Whimbys, Moss will bring a truck to pick up and pay them for soft goods. Larger items are sold on consignment.
The store’s specialty includes women’s clothing and items for teenagers, from clothes to sporting goods. The 3,000-square-foot space will open Saturday, Jan. 13 pending approval from the L.A. Fire Department.
Located on the west side of TJ Maxx, Moss said she is on friendly terms with Hope of the Valley Thrift Store, also in the center. “I hope that we feed off of each other’s customers,” she said. “When stores are next to each other that are alike it gives people the opportunity to shop at both.”
Though Moss said she prepared the store mostly by herself, her sister-in-law created a baby section and Boy Scout families helped her haul items from her house and her storage unit.
Moss and her husband, Michael, have led Boy Scouts and their sons have been active in the organization. Colby is a student at Saugus High School; Matthew earned the Eagle Scout Award and is serving in the U.S. Marines.
Whimbys is located at 19371 Soledad Canyon in Canyon Country. It is open seven days a week, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.