JONESVILLE — A local small business is celebrating 15 years of success in the community this year, while its owner continues to give back to the community which supports her.
Issy Hinshaw purchased the already-established Karen’s Consignment in 2003, and she never looked back.
“I walked and said I’d love to do this, and the girl behind the counter said the owner was selling. I called her,” Hinshaw said, and soon after, she purchased and renamed the business, Issy’s Consignments.
Hinshaw is no stranger to business and management. Prior to owning the consignment shop, she had been a supervisor at Unifi for 13 years, had worked at the Wilco on Bridge Street and the Chevron in town, worked at a Boonville restaurant, and managed a golf course.
The store offers and accepts from consignors gently used clothing, shoes, household goods, name-brand pocketbooks, pictures, toys, comforters, jewelry, seasonal decorations and more, she said.
She has more than 200 consignors, and six women who work for her, Michelle Casstevens, Dottie Tilley, Kim Lundsford, Lori Oliver, Lucy Swaim and Connie Myers.
“I have a lot of good customers,” Hinshaw added. “If you have the prices right and keep the shop clean, do people right, they’ll come back and shop with you.”
Hinshaw is available to assist the community at the shop as well. “I have a dollar room open to the county schools, and West Yadkin, Boonville, Jonesville and Elkin have taken advantage of that. If they have a need, they can come see me for shoes, clothes and a few blankets. The stuff that was on the floor and doesn’t sale, and the consignors don’t pick up,” she said.
She recently assisted a lady who had a family staying with her seeking shelter from Hurricane Florence, and she assists those who lose their belongings in fires.
“I’m not here to get rich. God has me here for a reason and to help people,” Hinshaw said.
The consignment shop remains in Jordan’s Shopping Center where it was when she bought it, just up a few storefronts following a fire a couple of years ago which forced her to move locations.
After 15 years, Hinshaw said she is beginning to cut back her hours some, but “I’m not retiring yet.” When she is ready, she said someone already has expressed interest in buying the store.
The second half of each month, she offers 50 percent off of already discounted items.
Hinshaw isn’t only known for her consignment shop. She was recruited to play basketball in the WNBA when it was first created in 1977. She played three games before the league folded. “I was just 35 years before my time,” Hinshaw said of her short professional ball stint.
Locally, she’s coached, played ball and golf. Hinshaw also spends time visiting her 98-year-old mother at PruittHealth in Elkin.
Issy’s Consignment Shop can be found at 230 N. Bridge St. in Jonesville.
Wendy Byerly Wood may be reached at 336-258-4035 or on Twitter @wendywoodeditor.