Submitted by Dave Brumbaugh
Sage Bishop has found a way of packing 30,000 sellers into two Bellingham stores.
Bishop, owner of Labels Women’s Consignment Store, earlier this week passed an amazing milestone: 30,000 consignors have placed goods for sale through Labels since it was founded just 10 years ago.
Destiny Garvin of Bellingham received a gift certificate when she became the 30,000th consignor by bringing clothes to be sold at the Labels store on Northwest Avenue. Labels also has a store on James Street.
The milestone is even more amazing when one considers that Whatcom County had only 205,800 residents in 2013, which would be the equivalent of one in every seven county residents being a Labels consignor, although Labels does draw some consignors from counties to the south and also British Columbia.
“We are grateful to all of our consigners who have brought items that are cute, current and clean,” Bishop said. “The quality of their women’s clothing, accessories, home décor and housewares has been the cornerstone of our success.”
Labels, which also offers new plus-sized women’s clothing and accessories, has been voted Best Clothing and Best Consignment store by Bellingham Alive magazine, Cascadia Weekly and The Bellingham Herald in recent years.
Bishop opened the first Labels store in 2004 in downtown Bellingham. Since then, she has opened a second store at 3927 Northwest Avenue, between the Interstate 5 northbound onramp and West Bakerview Road, and moved the original store to 2332 James St., just south of Trader Joe’s and Sunnyland Square.
Both stores are open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. For more information, call (360) 738-0333 or visit www.labelsconsignment.com.