A Nobleboro woman hopes to take her experience shopping for her family and channel it into her new business, Back on the Rack Consignment Boutique, to create a consignment shop for all ages.
As a mother of a 6-year-old and a 1-year-old, Morgan Wood said she found herself having to make trips out of the local area in search of brands or products she and her family buy. She began to wonder if other parents were in similar situations and if she could offer a solution.
Wood quietly researched the process of running a consignment shop without informing anyone in January. After she obtained her resale certificate, which is required by consignment retailers, Wood told her father, Daryl Zimmerman, about her plan to open a shop.
“As soon as I told him that, he realized I was serious,” Wood said. “He has just been so supportive about the whole thing. He’s really my right-hand man with this.”
With her family’s support, Wood began looking for a home for the business and found 748 Main St. in Damariscotta. The building is owned by Farrin Properties and is the former home of Denture Designs and Lincoln County Dental Inc.
Farrin Properties owner Wayne Farrin agreed to make some changes to the layout of the building to accommodate the shop, Wood said.
The location was perfect, Wood said, and she signed a lease at the end of January.
Wood said she hopes to open the store in mid-March, after renovations are complete. She is already in the process of ordering products she hopes to sell in the store alongside consignment items.
Some of the brands Wood plans to carry include Earth Mama Angel Baby, a line of organic products for pregnancy and baby care; Three Lollies Preggie Pops & Drops, lollipops that help relieve morning sickness; and Inspired by Finn teething necklaces.
All of the products were used by Wood during her pregnancies or by her children.
“They’re all my handpicked, favorite brands,” Wood said. “It’s all stuff I’ve used and would use again.”
On the consignment end, Wood said she plans to have gently used clothing for boys and girls, men and women, from infants to adults.
“I want it to be a place where a busy parent can walk in and find something for everyone in their family,” Wood said.
Wood will accept name-brand clothing, including American Eagle, Bogs, Children’s Place, Old Navy, and Under Armour. Shoppers will be able to use store credit to purchase consigned or new items.
Back on the Rack will also have a playroom to keep kids occupied while their parents shop.
“From my own experience, I know how difficult it is to shop with kids, and so I want to be as welcoming and accommodating to parents, so they don’t need to plan their shopping around their kids’ schedules,” Wood said.
Back on the Rack will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The hours may change based on customer feedback, Wood said.
“It’s really going to be about catering to what they want, if it’s hours or the brands we carry,” Wood said.