Stepping through the door into the 1910 Victorian house turned women’s resale boutique feels like stumbling upon a treasure.
For Ashley Gillit, the owner and co-founder of Ashley’s Attic, resale shopping is in her DNA.
“I’ve always loved resale. Growing up as a kid, my mom, my aunt and I would find thrift stores and shop at resale stores or go to garage sales for fun,” Ashley said. “It was like treasure shopping and my mom and I really bonded over those years. I have so many fond memories of those days spent looking for good deals.”
Something for Everyone
These days, Ashley and her mom, Cherie Gorby, work together to create the quirky, eclectic and unique feel of this boutique in Colorado Springs Old North End area. From the cozy, restored interior to the thoughtful displays, there’s a welcoming feel that pulls you in.
After starting her career in corporate retail, Ashley’s dream of opening her own shop shows in every careful display since the store’s founding in 2013.
The boutique’s top-drawer curated and hand-picked pieces ensure there is something for everyone. From traditional clothing lines like Talbots or Ann Taylor to more funky brands like H&M and various European lines, Ashley and Cherie select everything with the customer in mind.
“The store feels like Mary Poppin’s handbag," Ashley noted. "A customer will walk in with a far-fetched request and I’ll be able to find whatever they are looking for.”
In addition to resale clothing, the store also carries a line of earrings from Fresh Finds Boutique that match the unique vibe of the space and candles from Hunter’s Hope. Hunter’s Hope is an organization that employs developmentally disabled young adults in the Colorado community. Ashley and Cherie are committed to giving back to the community and supporting other local businesses and women entrepreneurs.
Because it’s a small, local family business, Ashley and Cherie have many long-term relationships with customers. Their goal is to build shoppers' confidence by helping women look and feel their best. Customers benefit from personalized styling (if they like) or just enjoying the fun atmosphere while they browse.
“You walk in a stranger and you leave as a friend,” Ashley said.
At Ashley’s Attic, it’s easy to see how special and unique a small business can be. It’s the relationships with customers and the community that keep Ashley passionate about the business.
“We are celebrating 10 years of business this summer,” she said. “We are going to have a big party!”