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Jenni's Exchange now on Wilson Hall Road in Sumter

Consignment store still carries 'a little bit of everything,' owner says

BY BRUCE MILLS bruce@theitem.com
Posted 1/16/19

She has not gone out of business - she has just moved.

Jenni Lewis, owner of Jenni's Exchange, possibly Sumter's largest consignment store, is at a new main location at 1310 Wilson Hall Road - the former Best Lumber warehouse - after moving her …

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BUSINESS NEWS

Jenni's Exchange now on Wilson Hall Road in Sumter

Consignment store still carries 'a little bit of everything,' owner says

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She has not gone out of business - she has just moved.

Jenni Lewis, owner of Jenni's Exchange, possibly Sumter's largest consignment store, is at a new main location at 1310 Wilson Hall Road - the former Best Lumber warehouse - after moving her consignment shop from Savannah Plaza on Pinewood Road, where it had been for eight years.

After making the move to the new site in October, she has unpacked most things by now, she said.

Her store still carries "a little bit of everything," with price ranges for everyone, she said.

"We carry absolutely everything," Lewis said. "Shoes, pocketbooks, clothing, cookware, appliances, furniture. You literally could fill pretty much your whole entire home from here."

The store's list of sales items also includes kids' toys, all types of home furnishings (including sofas, beds and kitchen tables), electronics, jewelry and even washing machines.

"I have 100 commercial-grade washing machines coming in," Lewis said. "I got 12 here on Friday, and there's 88 to come."

Her new main location is smaller than the Savannah Plaza site but still 15,000 square feet, and she also plans to open about half of the warehouse area in the back soon.

Lewis said she has been in the consignment business for about 13 years in Sumter.

The business works like this: She sells second-hand items from the original owner at her store. She displays the items and showcases them. After the sale, she splits the profits with the owner.

Lewis said she loves the "presentation" aspect of the business.

"I believe presentation is everything," Lewis said, "because when people can see it set up, then they can picture it in their home. That's just something I like to do."

Because most items are on consignment, pricing is negotiable on some listings. Some are not negotiable.

Lewis puts it this way: "No reasonable offer refused."

She said her goal is to have price points for everyone. So, the store "has something for everyone."

Jenni's Exchange also offers delivery service.

By Feb. 1, she will also begin a rent-to-own program and a 90-days-same-as-cash, no-credit-check program, she said.

She's maintaining a presence where she previously was located on the other side of town for customers with a smaller, non-consignment store she recently opened at 1961 McCrays Mill Road near Leo's Wings.