Susan Johnson has been an avid consignment shopper for many years, since her own children were young.
Now, the longtime dream to one day combine her passion for children and consignment has come to fruition, as the doors to her store, Golden Goose Children’s Consignment Boutique, opened to the public on Saturday in Fletcher.
“I’ve always been a consignment shopper, and I’ve always wanted to do this, to open my own children’s consignment boutique,” Johnson said. “I’ve always been blessed enough to be a stay-at-home mom, with my husband in real estate so we’ve always had our own business.
“We’ve looked into it but waited because we had four kids, then had grandkids, and I never wanted to take away from my kids or miss things with them.
“We felt that this was a good time in our lives that we were able to do it. We prayed about it when we found out about this space and decided we still wanted to go forward.”
Located at 4110 Hendersonville Road, in the end space of the Fletcher Commerce Center right off Hendersonville Road in Fletcher, the boutique’s interior has a welcoming industrial farmhouse feel to it.
“We knew we wanted to be in Fletcher, in Henderson County, because there are so many families here,” Johnson said. “My grandkids can be here with me, and it’s very family friendly, family oriented. You’ll see my whole family here, and maybe even my puppy as well.”
Johnson’s good friend and store manager, Paige Heatherly, has also had a big role in seeing Johnson’s dream come to life with her support and experience in consignment. Johnson also worked in consignment for several years.
“‘Grow With Us’ is our little motto. When my grandkids started preschool I started working part-time in consignment, at LuLu’s, and I loved it,” Johnson said. “My friend, Paige, has worked in consignment and has a lot of experience as well. I couldn’t do it without her. This is our store.”
Golden Goose offers a variety of items to shoppers, with a focus on children’s clothing size Newborn to 14, as well as shoes. The store also carries gently worn children’s shoes, maternity clothing, and an assortment of toys, baby equipment, children’s books and DVDs.
Why children’s consignment specifically? Johnson said it was a no-brainer for her.
“Kids are just my heart; children are what I’m passionate about,” she said. “I want my kids and grandkids to be able to go with me whatever I’m doing, and I want to stay involved in what they’re doing.”
Still, with the focus on children, there are many other locally made and crafted products that have an appeal for all ages.
“We wanted to have local business owners, so we have products from six artisans in the store,” Johnson said. “We want everybody to be able to come in here and buy something; to offer something for everyone.”
In one corner of the store is a setup of handmade soaps, body scrubs and bath bombs from Quill + Honey, fresh-scented candles by Antique Candle Co., and stacked book art by Skyler O’Neal.
Ross Designs has handmade faux leather earrings highlighted on the store’s front counter. The back wall features a handmade farm table filled with headbands and girls’ clothing by Apple Blossom Boutique and bows and other items by The Tiny Twig.
Store hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The store will be closed Sunday. Golden Goose is currently looking for consignors. To contact the store call 828-290-9553.