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May 17, 2014

Business Profile: Hensley opens Deja Vu

New consignment shop buys and sells 'like new' merchandise

ANDERSON — Kim Hensley said she opened her new business to offer an exciting new place where people can find great savings on “like new” items.

“I’ve been a stay-at-home mom for 11 years and was ready to embark on a new adventure,” Hensley said of her decision to open a business on March 17. “I have always dreamed of opening a consignment store — then the timing was right and all the pieces started to fall into place and before I knew it, Déjà Vu was born and the store opened.”

Tucked away on the corner of Eighth Street and Central Avenue, Déjà Vu, 622 E. Eighth St., has racks of fashionable clothing and accessories for the entire family. The building, which has a dividing wall, has a specially designated area with consignment furniture and home décor.

One of the biggest challenges to opening her dream business, Hensley said, was taking the first steps to make it happen. She said with the help of friends and family, it was not long before the dream became a reality.

“Location was a priority and the building I found was a perfect fit for my store,” she said. “Once the store was ready, I worried I wouldn’t get enough merchandise to fill it, but once again, friends and family helped me and before I knew it the store was full.”

Now, just two months after opening, Hensley said both her inventory and customer base have grown.

Part of her success is due to her location, Hensley said.

“We are a new business located in the Park Place community. There’s a lot of energy and excitement to this neighborhood, bringing it back to a real ‘Déjà Vu’ experience.”

There is also a unique aspect to her business, she said, which is the variety of new and ever-changing merchandise.

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