Elks Citizen of the Year-2014-2015

Shirley Lindenmuth-Co-Owner- Finders Keepers Consignments

Shirley along with her daughter Christine, continue to provide the community of Clifton Park and its surrounding towns with opportunities to bring you upscale merchandise at affordable prices since 2009. They are able to recycle good, usable clothes & accessories, in some cases, providing money to people a bit down on their luck but who have nice items to consign. They have been recipients of a number of Capital Region Awards as well as being featured in Southern Saratoga & Success Magazines as well as Capital Region Living. Consigning is basically recycling and a number of their unsold items get donated to local charities. There are more than 50 charities in which donations have been made, such as, Domestic Violence & Rape Crisis Services- Saratoga County, Capital Region Hospice Foundation, Shenendehowa National Honor Society for Deanna Rivers & Chris Stewart, Jonesville Church, Camp Dehdadi II in Afghanistan & our very own Clifton Park Lodge, just to name a few. Her generous monetary donations continue to help us send packages to our service men & women overseas. Shirley and her husband John are also part of our regulars here most every Friday night for dinner. Her thoughtfulness & generosity continue to provide many others a rare gift and it is my privilege to present Shirley with this award for the 2014-2015 fraternal Elk Year.

Congratulations

 

 


 

Thank you to all our customers for voting for us in the "Best of the 2014 Capital Region Living"! 

 

Best Consignment Shop 
 

Finders Keepers Consignments, 1603 Route 9, Clifton Park
Whether vintage classifies your style or you just like to shop for bargains, you’ll have plenty of hidden treasures to search through at Finder’s Keepers. A mother/daughter duo opened this consignment store five years ago to fill a need for this type of store in Clifton Park.  Today, they still love what they do… and you do too, based on the results! When you want to save a few dollars while uncovering unique clothing finds, your first pick is Finders Keepers.

 

Best Bargain Shopping
 

Finders Keepers Consignments, 1603 Route 9, Clifton Park
Who doesn’t love a good bargain? At Finders Keepers, there’s always something on sale. Finders Keepers is an eclectic consignment shop with a mission to provide upscale clothing at bargain prices. With more than 1,300 consigners, it’s like treasure hunting for fun, funky clothing!  Just make sure you schedule enough time to shop; you could easily spend a couple of hours here.


 

Thank you for voting us "Best Boutique 2014" in the Community News Readers Choice Awards! 

 

Best Boutique 2014 
With the support from our loyal customer’s & friends we were voted “Best Boutique 2014”. Thank you all very much for voting for us. We would not be here if it weren’t for you all. Thanks again!  

At Finders Keepers Consignments in Clifton Park,


Mother and daughter, Shirley and Christine Lindenmuth, find treasures and friends. There is an old adage, “Never go into business with a relative!” but sometimes a family member, especially your mother,turns out to be the perfect partner. And so it was for Christine and Shirley Lindenmuth, co-owners of Finders Keeper Consignments at 1603 Route 9 in Clifton Park. They opened their door in

2009.

 

For 17 years, Christine worked in the mortgage industry, burning the midnight oil and her energy simultaneously. It was time for a change, especially with the current volatile economic climate. Mother and daughter share a passion for exploring consignment shops. And as “Calvin & Hobbes” taught us back in the 1990s: “There’s treasure everywhere!” So every Friday they would set out to see what treasures awaited discovery.

 


Sudden inspiration: One day on their way back from Lake George, they were looking for a specific shop they’d heard about. But it was closed when they found it. That’s when they turned to one another and said, “We should just open our own consignment shop.” And three days later, they signed a lease for their own shop, Finders Keepers Consignments, 1603 Route 9 in Clifton Park. Daughter Christine said the first year was tough, which is typical of a new business. But now they have approximately 1,400 consignors and about 3,000 items a month. “We have a very good turn-around,” she said. For two consecutive years, Finders Keepers was voted the best consignment shop and the best bargain shopping in the area by Capital Region Living magazine. Mother and daughter have an excellent chemistry because they are both doing what they love and they complement one another. Shirley’s expertise is helping customers put an outfit together and being gently tactful when it doesn’t. Christine is more the computer/business person, but she also is involved with sales, customer service, and online research.

 

It’s all good: Shirley never was in business before but she is an ardent garage/estate sale aficionado. “Christine is more the picker,” she said. “She has a good eye and can spot broken items, fix them, and use them for something else,” she said, such as the antique cash register in the shop. Shirley loves the idea that she and her daughter are doing many good things simultaneously: re-cycling good useable clothes and accessories; providing money to people down on their luck but who have nice items to consign; providing clothes and other unsold items to various charities to help the needy; and keeping a lot of re-purposeable items out of the waste stream. “It’s all good.” Above all, Shirley loves her job because she can be with her daughter every day. “I love being with my kids; I don’t get to see enough of them,” then she “corrected” herself and called Christine, “my boss!” Shirley loves the social aspect of the shop, “meeting new people every day and making so many friends,” she said. She also loves the many urprises that come through the door – “We never know what’s going to come in next,” she said.

 

The Shop’s ‘Personality’ : When asked to describe their shop, Christine said, “It has taken on the personality of our consignors. They’re mostly women and the items include junior fashions, furniture, and just about anything that comes through the door.” And Christine and her mother have developed a loyal following who even try to keep the shop their own little secret. “We chat and get the latest gossip and get to really know our customers,” she said. Christine acknowledges that some people are put off by consignment shops, especially if they have had a bad experience. But she encourages people to give Finders Keepers a chance because the friendly atmosphere and the quality of their goods. “We truly enjoy meeting new people and having repeat customers. We’re on a first-name basis with many of our repeat customers now,” she said. It sounds like all they need is a pot-belly woodstove and a heckerboard set up in the middle of the shop!

 

Working with charities and recycling: She and her mom try to keep prices low on quality-name items such as Coach handbags and the designer-name clothes they get, often with the original tags still attached! Christine said, “We also work with several local charities and fundraisers. Clothes that do not sell get passed along to those who need them,” she explained. “We are quite picky about it,” she stressed. And the items that don’t sell are donated to the Women’s Domestic Violence Shelter in Saratoga Springs, local churches, and various charitable organizations. They base their prices on comparables on eBay, Craig’s List, and other online sites. “The sales are in the front of the store; therapy is in the back,” joked Shirley. Customers tend to come in, catch up on gossip, make friends over a cup of coffee – good therapy, indeed. “This store has a good vibe to it,” she said. Christine said, “Working as a mother-daughter team is the best, but our customers make our business rewarding. We have met so many wonderful people who have allowed us to be part of their lives. We love it when the store has lots of laughter and buzzes with positive energy.” Shirley just got back from vacation so there was a lot of catching up to do with inventory. Of course, the entire store had changed over in the time she was gone. “I find it very enjoyable here and some of the best things are working with my daughter, meeting wonderful people, and doing a community service. Yes, it sometimes gets hectic, but I have a good time. And the best part is, I can’t get fired!” she chortled.

Thank you for voting us "Best Consignments Shop" & "Best Bargain Shopping" 2013.
SUCCESS MAGAZINE September 2012

 

Success Magazine: Christine, you opened Finders Keepers Consignments with you mother in 2009. Why did you choose this path in life? What were you doing prior to opening the shop?

 

Christine Lindenmuth: I honestly believe that this life chose us and this is where we are meant to be. I was working in the mortgage industry for over 17 years and was burnt out from the corporate environment. I was working hard, working long hours and figured if I’m working this hard for someone else, why not try working this hard, if not harder for myself and my family? Why not work with a friend, someone I love being with, my Mother.   The worst that could happen was failing. Without much thought, I asked my Mother to join me in this journey, we were signing a lease shortly after and everything else just seemed to fall into place.

 

SM: What principles are at the foundation of the business?

 

CL: Our customers are the foundation of our business, without them we would not exist. Our primary principals are to listen to what our customers need and we try to fulfill their needs. We also feel it’s important to know our customers rather than treating them like a number. Many of our loyal customers have become our friends which is a reward in itself.

 

SM: How have you turned your dream into the success that it is today?

 

CL: We believe that our business is successful because we listen to our customers and we continue to try to improve our business from our customer’s insights. Nothing happens overnight, there are always road blocks that we have to push through. We set realistic goals, and then strive to achieve those goals. It takes time, mistakes, patience and hard work to make a business successful.

 

SM: What kind of items do you consign?

 

CL: We are a woman’s consignment shop. Our store has assumed the personality of our 1300 consignor’s, which are primarily woman. We carry tons of goodies from clothes, shoes, purses, jewelry to decorative home goods. We are very selective and only consign items that are 2 years or newer. We only take items that we think our customers will want to buy.

 

SM: Why is Finders Keepers a great shopping alternative?

 

CL: One of our goals is to sell quality items at reasonable prices, both of which go a long way to ensure customer satisfaction. Who doesn’t want to save money these days? It’s such a great way to make money, such a wise way to spend money, plus our store has very little waste. Consigning is basically recycling and items that don’t sell get donated to many local charities that are in need. We invite you to visit our store and see for yourself what we’re all about. Hope to see you soon!


Local/Family Owned businesses June- July 2012


Describe your business:  We are a family-owned consignment shop located in Clifton Park.  Thanks to our customers, we were voted “Best Consignment Shop” and “Best Bargain Shopping” in the “Best of the 2012” Capital Region Living Magazine.   Many thanks for all your votes and dedication to us and our store. 

What is your biggest challenge?
Saying “no” to consignors is our biggest challenge.  We don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings, but this is a business and we have to be selective about items we accept.  We have limited space and our customers have high standards, therefore we try to take consignments that will meet what our customers want to buy.

What makes you optimistic about the future of your business and our region?
The Capital Region is growing. With our economy, people are becoming smarter about how to spend their money.  Our store helps families stretch their dollars wisely.  They can buy high quality items for a fraction of retail prices.

What is the most important piece of advice you can give to another family wanting to go into business together?  Being self-employed can be overwhelming at times.  We always say “The crisis of the day is the joke of tomorrow.” This saying allows us to brush things off and to move forward in a positive direction.  It’s so important to have a good attitude while working even if you’re stressed out. We enjoy ourselves by making work fun.

What do you find most rewarding about your business?
Working as a mother-daughter team is the best, but our customers make our business rewarding.  We have met so many wonderful people who have allowed us to be part of their lives.  We love it when the store has lots of laughter and buzzes with good energy.

What do you do in your spare time?  Besides cooking, cleaning, laundry and yard work, we have very active social lives.  We love to spend time with family, friends and also enjoy traveling.

Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 10am-6pm; Friday & Saturday 10am-5pm; closed Sunday & Monday.

Thank you to all our customers for voting for us in the "Best of the 2012 Capital Region Living"! 

 

Best Bargain Shopping
Finders Keepers Consignments, 1603 Route 9, Clifton Park
Finders Keepers’ diversified product line continues to grow every day by following trends, providing innovative services and listening to their customers. The goal of the mother-daughter team is to bring you upscale merchandise at affordable prices, which is exactly what they do. At this store, there is always something on sale!

 

Best Consignment Shop
Finders Keepers Consignments, 1603 Route 9, Clifton Park
Already a winner on our list for best bargain shopping, Finders Keepers in Clifton Park has another title to add to their accomplishments – best consignment shop in the Capital Region! You can stop in any time Tuesdays through Thursdays with the items you are looking to sell making sure they are clean and seasonably appropriate, and they will do the rest. Their computerized system makes sure every item that makes it to their selling floor is accounted for and inventoried. Never consigned before? Stop by the store and see what they are all about!


 

Thank you Capital District!

 

Special thanks to all those who voted for us under the catergory "Best Consignment Shop". 

Shopping (and selling) at local consignment shops

February 8, 2010 at 12:45 pm by Kristi Gustafson, social media strategist/staff writer Times Union

Below is this weekend’s shopping story looking at several of the local consignment shops in the area. We found out what brands the specialize in, if they sell knock-offs and what percentage sellers will get for their clothes.

Whether you want to clean out your closet or replenish your wardrobe, consignment shops may be a good fit. Fashionistas can unload their clean, like-new, in-style items, or pick up a few designer pieces, at one of the several dozen stores in the Capital Region.

Shop owners price the apparel and put it out on the selling floor for anywhere from 30 days to several months.

Consigners are paid for what sells. Clothing that doesn’t sell is returned to the owner (sometimes for a nominal fee) or donated to charity. We checked out some of the shops in the 518 that specialize in women’s clothing to see what they offer shoppers and sellers:

Finders Keepers Consignments, 1603, Route 9, Clifton Park, 371-5599, http://www.finders keepersconsignments.com
Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday-Saturday
Do they carry designer bag knockoffs? Yes
Price range of merchandise? $4 to $14
Percentage paid to consigners? 50 percent
Accepts clothing: Seasonally
Consignment limits? 10 items per week
Most popular items from consigners: Casual clothing
Are appointments necessary for consigners? No

Where to find us:

Finder$ Keeper$ Consignment$
1603 Route 9
Clifton Park, NY 12065

Phone: 518-371-5599

Fax: 518-371-5598

 

Our Business Hours

Tues. thru Saturday 10AM to 5PM

Closed Sunday 

Closed Monday

 

 

Please Note: We Do Not Consign On Friday or Saturday

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