Glitterbug Boutique offers consignments and custom jewelry

| January 6, 2011

Glitterbug BoutiqueCandace Smith Wiseman has found a way to multi-task two jobs and a hobby into one enjoyable career.

Already a nurse and a jewelry-maker, she opened Glitterbug Boutique consignment shop, at 1832 Frankfort Ave., in October with the goal of offering “inexpensive, trendy, stylish clothing,” she said. “And if we don’t have what customers are looking for, they can ask us to find it, and we will in a matter of days.”

She already has formed a network of about 30 consignment partners; the first ones were her friends, and then friends of those friends. People from the surrounding neighborhood soon began stopping in.

Glitterbug Boutique“They’ve come by to say, “˜Hi, I see you’ve opened a store,’ and then they ask what the split is if they bring in consignments for me to sell,” she said. “They’re happy to learn that we split 50-50, instead of the typical 60-40.”

A native of Ohio, Wiseman has lived in Louisville since the age of 14 and graduated from Eastern High School. Now 32, she is a licensed practical nurse who has been applying permanent makeup to customers at Trend Designs Salon in Jeffersonville since 2000.

“I love my work there,” she said, “but having Glitterbug is a nice change from nursing.”

Her husband, Dennis Wiseman, whom she married on New Year’s Day, is often on hand to help customers at Glitterbug; so are her home-schooled daughter, Brooke Dunn, and niece, Ashley Dailey. Candace is considering opening a second Glitterbug location later this year, in Southern Indiana, with their assistance.

Glitterbug BoutiqueIn addition to extra income, Glitterbug gives her the opportunity to buy clothes for her own wardrobe from her consignment partners.

“I’ve always had a hard time finding shirts I like. I’m picky, and I like to layer up,” she said. “Now I have a consignment partner who brings in great shirts.”

Whenever she has a free moment, Wiseman custom-makes bracelets from Swarovski crystal beads, hand-painted African beads and blown-glass beads.

“With just a day or two notice, I can make jewelry to go with my customers’ outfits and for special occasions,” she said. “The first things I want people to like are our inventory and prices, but I also make it a point to be there whenever they need clothes or jewelry in a hurry. They just come to me and tell me what they need.”

Glitterbug BoutiqueTo get 2011 off to a good start, Glitterbug is running a half-off sale on all merchandise until about the middle of the month.

“Making decisions such as when to have sales, and for how deep a discount, is one of the great things about having my own business,” Wiseman,  said. “I’ve always wanted to be out on my own, and I’m really enjoying it.”

Glitterbug Boutique is open Monday-Saturday, noon-7 p.m. For information, call (502) 893-4481.

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