LAKE WYLIE — After only eight months in business, Echo Consignment Boutique in Landing Station is expanding to open a second location in Lake Wylie.
Echo Attic will open in early December nearby by at Shoppes at the Landin and will carry home decor and furnishings, as well as sale clothing, jewelry, handbags and accessories from the boutique.
“We wanted to do home furnishing and decor when we started,” co-owner Chrissy Pellegrino said last week. “So when Mel’s Consignment went out, we thought we can expand into that market now.”
The new space at 221 Latitude Lane is 1,458-square-foot space, more than doubling Echo’s size.
“We’ve already had the renovations done in there,” Pellegrino said, “and we’re getting painter in there and getting everything squared away.”
Home decor items will begin being accepted after Thanksgiving.
“We want really unique, contemporary things,” Pellegrino said.
Suzy Workman of Clover said last week while shopping at the boutique, “It’s great for Lake Wylie, and it’s great for me.”
Pellegrino and friend Linda Watkins opened Echo near the former Bi-Lo store in March selling second-hand, higher end, brand-name clothing for women with brands like Dooney & Bourke, Coach, White House Black Market, St. John and Lilly Pulitzer and Chico’s “for a fraction of the original cost.”
“We have run out of space in our first store, and we want to add more things to our repertoire,” Watkins said.
Pellegrino said the vacancy nearby was too good to pass up.
“I didn’t think we could expand this soon, but when that opportunity came up, we just decided to jump on it because of all the support we’ve gotten for this store,” she said. “That will be the sale store.”
And, despite Bi-Lo closing and Publix scheduled to open in two years, Echo’s business is booming.
“Our numbers are actually improving,” Watkins said.
The number of consignors has grown from 80 in the beginning to more than 300 mainly catering to women ages 20 and older. But that doesn’t mean men don’t shop here, too.
Roderick Canty of Clover stopped in last week looking for “things” for his wife and mother. He said he’s been to the shop before and likes to stop in “just to see what they get in.”
As for the clothing, Watkins said they will be able to expand the selections both in name brands and pricing.
“It will be a lot of the same items from here, plus,” she said.
Since opening, Watkins said she has seen surprises in what sells.
“It’s very unpredictable,” she said, “so we try to take a variety.”