With nearly 17 years experience in selling upscale second-hand clothing and decor for adults and teens, Amanda’s Exchange is aiming to fill a gap in the industry — boutique children’s resale clothing.
Amanda Newman first opened the women’s resale clothing store Carmel Consignment in 2002. With a thriving first store, she expanded the shop in 2008 and began offering furniture. She then opened a second store, Amanda’s City Chic, focused solely on furniture consignment and resale.
Her husband, Jeff Newman, became her business partner, and together they purchased a men’s consignment store in Broad Ripple, now called Newman & Co. In 2011, she launched District eXchange, a resale shop for teens on Carmel’s Main Street.
When a large space became available near the high-traffic intersection of Keystone Avenue and Carmel Drive, the Newmans jumped at the chance to combine all three Carmel shops into one. In November 2015, the company launched Amanda’s Exchange at 715 E. Carmel Dr., Carmel.
Now, they have combined another specialty with their new children’s boutique section.
“Our customers have been requesting that we consign children’s clothing for years,” Amanda said.
Amanda said the team assessed what furniture items customers sought most, then made the decision to scale back on large furniture, allocating that space to a children’s department.
“It has been overwhelmingly positive,” she said. “Our customers and consignors have messaged us and stopped by to tell us how excited they are.”
To start, the store will only carry high-end children’s brands.
“We want our customers to be able to easily find the brands and styles they love,” she said.
For the launch of the children’s boutique, Amanda’s Exchange is offering consignors 60 percent of the selling price through Feb. 28. After February, consignment percentages for items will return to the shop’s regular seller guidelines. For items priced under $100, the consignor receives 40 percent of the selling price.
Amanda’s Exchange also converted to a software last month that offers online consignor access.
To learn more, visit amandasexchange.com or follow Amanda’s Exchange on social media at facebook.com/amandasexchange and instagram.com/amandasxchange.