How My Sister's House Began
We are sisters and moms on a budget, who wanted an affordable place to shop and sell our clothes and home furnishings. We love the idea of giving gently used items a second life! We have been thrifting and sharing clothes all of our lives and have always had an appreciation for a good deal, a vintage find or a reclaimed piece of furniture. As adults we have “shopped” at each other’s homes, trading clothes, shoes and furniture when we wanted a change. After shopping and volunteering at a local children’s consignment sale, we thought there might be a market in Abilene for a consignment sale for adults as well. And so we began My Sister’s House. We chose the name because we loved the idea of keeping it personal and allowing other women to shop each other’s homes and closets like sisters do. One of our favorite things about the sale is the sense of community it has created among local women coming together to share what we have, updating our wardrobes and homes on a budget, earning some extra money consigning items we don’t need anymore, and donating what’s left to nonprofit organizations. We believe in shopping responsibly, simplifying, giving used items a second life and supporting one another in the process! Sisterhood at its best!
REDUCE by keeping only what you love, REUSE what you find to update your look, and RESELL the rest!
We could not even attempt this endeavor without the help of our families who pick up the slack at home, move racks, hang clothes, work the register, shuttle kids around, sweep, keep us fed and support us emotionally. Thank you for all you do. We love you.
About My Sister
I’ve always looked up to my sister. She’s four years older than me which is just enough of an age difference for me to grow up wanting to dress like her and hang out with her. She is creative, artistic, visionary, and compassionate. She comes up with these ideas (that usually involve trying to help people in some way) and then is so enthusiastic about it she can convince other people to get on board. She’s also an amazing decorator. Her house is beautiful. She’s a dreamer and I’m a realist, so it’s pretty surprising that I agreed when she came to me with this idea to start a business together even though neither of us had much experience in the business world. We did, however, have a lot of experience sharing clothes, furniture, swapping, repurposing, and reusing each other’s things, so in a way, it seemed pretty natural. And she is really convincing. I love her very much as a sister and a friend and wouldn’t even consider attempting this without her.
About My Sister
Kate is the coolest person I know. She is well read, witty, fashion forward with an eye for eclectic, vintage pieces in both her wardrobe and her home. She has great taste in music and loves to laugh. Kate is a devoted friend, a loving wife and mom of two, an inspiring teacher, and a truly amazing sister. I would not even attempt to run a business with anyone else. She is level headed and efficient…able to manage computer kinks, check out lines, and customers with grace and humor. She personifies “calm, cool, and collected.” I am grateful to have such a close relationship and business partnership with my sister. We used to play “store” as kids and sometimes it’s hard to believe that we are actually running our own business now. It’s crazy busy, always changing and growing, and sometimes stressful, but there is a moment each sale where we are laughing until we cry. Those moments make it all worthwhile.