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Oxford boasts 3 large consignment sales a year

Two Oxford women have started a pop-up consignment event that is held three times a year to sell clothing and furniture.

Myra Green Grissinger, a pharmaceutical sales representative, and Amberlyn Melton Liles, superintendent of environmental services for the city of Oxford, created Oxford Consignment.

“We both had skinny jeans in our closet that we paid too much for,” said Liles. “Myra had a lot of high-dollar suits from being in the pharmaceutical world. We wanted to sell them and make money.”

The sales are held at the Oxford Shrine Club at 618 McLarty Road between the new McDonald’s and Walgreens. They are held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, and on Sundays, from noon to 4 p.m.

The next will be a furniture sale held the first weekend in February on Feb. 6 and 7. The second sale will be a spring and summer clothing sale held the first weekend in April, April 2 and 3.

Liles said the business started in 2012 when she and Grissinger began cleaning out their homes and closets.

“We had some items that seemed too good for a yard sale,” she said, “or maybe we were too financially attached.

“Oxford Consignment is a consignment event (pop-up) sale that occurs three times per year. We have two adult clothing sales for men and women, and one home décor and furniture sale per year.

“We do our very best to try and offer customers designer clothing, shoes, handbags, furniture and home décor at fabulous prices, and sellers earn 70 percent commission.”

Liles said shoppers may find labels, such as Louis Vuitton, Kate Spade and Doncaster at the sales.

“We realized there was a need for it,” said Liles. “I love children’s consignment, and that’s where the idea sprung up from. We started with women’s clothing, accessories and shoes, and we added men’s clothing last year.”

Liles said the events have been successful.

“Right now, it’s in the hobby stage,” she said. “We are definitely not quitting our day jobs. This past sale, we could tell that it’s growing.”

Liles said there were also more male shoppers than ever before at the last sale.

She said the upcoming furniture sell will feature furniture with a value of $10 or more. It will include everything from art to armoires and beds.

“A lot of it is coming from people who are downsizing or just redecorating,” she said. “You can find anything from McCartys Pottery and Gail Pittman pottery to really nice art. It’s a little bit for everybody.”

Those who sell keep 70 percent of the profits, and Oxford Consignment takes 30 percent.

There is $15 participation fee for those who sell clothing and $25 for furniture sellers.

“That secures the location,” said Liles. “It’s so fun to see how happy the shoppers are when they leave. It’s like they stole the items, it’s such a good price.”

For more information, visit www.OxfordConsignment.com

About LaReeca Rucker

LaReeca Rucker is a writer, reporter and adjunct journalism instructor at the University of Mississippi's Meek School of Journalism and New Media.

A veteran journalist with more than 20 years of experience, she spent a decade at the Gannett-owned Clarion-Ledger - Mississippi's largest daily newspaper - covering stories about crime, city government, civil rights, social justice, religion, art, culture and entertainment for the paper's print and web editions. She was also a USA Today contributor.

This year, she received a first place award from the Mississippi Press Association for “Best In-Depth Investigative Reporting.” The story written in 2014 for The Oxford Eagle chronicles the life of a young mother with two sons who have epilepsy, and details how she is patiently hoping legalized cannabis oil experimentation will lead to a cure for their disorder.

Her website is www.lareecarucker.com.

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