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MOUNT WASHINGTON - After taking care of four sons, several foreign exchange students and numerous foster children, Denise Carter finally reached the point in her career as a stay-at-home mom where she could do something she had wanted to do for many years.
The 41-year-old wife and mother started her own business.
Recently, the former nurse and independent sales consultant opened Carter’s Consignments and More in Mount Washington.
Carter said that while her life still revolves around her kids, she’s thrilled to have a business to call her very own.
For years Carter considered opening a consignment store, but she wanted to wait until her children got older.
With fewer little ones around the house and a little more time on her hands, Carter leapt at the chance to have her own shop in October.
Carter’s husband, who owns Carter’s Home and Construction, which occupies the same facility as Carter’s Consignments, remembered how his wife wanted her own business when he discovered there was a vacant space in his building.
It was on a Friday that Carter found out about the vacant space.
The following Monday Carter and her husband contacted the property owner and within days the couple began remodeling the space.
Within two weeks the store was finished and Carter set up shop.
Carter, a lifelong Bullitt County resident and Bullitt Central High School graduate, said opening her shop in Bullitt County was a no-brainer, especially considering the family lives less than a mile from the shop and her children go to school in Mount Washington.
Besides offering a wide variety of merchandise, including clothing, toys, household items, books, furniture, home decor and kitchenware, Carter’s Consignments sells one-of-a-kind furniture and crafts by local artisans.
In addition to Carter’s Consignments’ collection of rustic hand-crafted barn-wood furniture, the store boasts a number of hand-made crafts and home accessories including wreaths, quilts, tutus and bows, crocheted afghans, painted furniture and wine-bottle decor.
Carter’s Consignments also sells hand-stitched apparel for toddlers and an assortment of brand new merchandise from clothes and toys to candles.
What sets Carter’s Consignments apart, Carter said, is that of the four consignment stores in Mount Washington, Carter’s is one of two that accept all consignments.
Carter’s Consignments accepts new consignments every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, and consignors receive 50 percent of the sale price of every item sold.
Carter said she’s been told her prices are extremely competitive, adding that she strives to make sure her merchandise is of the best possible quality. Incidentally, merchandise that sits unsold for more than 60 days is sold at half price.
Open Mondays through Fridays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Carter’s Consignments is located in Mount Washington on Highway 44 East just down from the Keystone Cinemas near Cedar Brook Drive.
For more information, call (502) 538-2211 or check out their Facebook page.