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May 25, 2008

Focus On: Anastasia’s Consignment Shop

VALDOSTA — Holly Coffey was a mere 19 years old when her then employer Stacey Daugherty offered to sell her the entire business, lock, stock and barrel. A local bank asked Coffey to wait until she was 20 before they would approve the loan.

Coffey didn’t have to wait long. She became the official owner of Anastasia’s Consignment Shop at 2184 N. Ashley St. on Jan. 30, one day before her 20th birthday.

The young entrepreneur couldn’t be happier with her newfound career. She had worked as a sales associate and manager at Anastasia’s for 3.5 years (manager at age 17), and began working there about six months after the shop opened when she was a junior at Lowndes High School.

She graduated LHS and kept her day job at Anastasia’s, an upscale boutique that carries top style brands in clothing, both vintage and modern, and all sorts of what-nots and knick knacks, from furniture to dishware to oil paintings — enough variety that Coffey used store inventory to decorate her entire home.

“I was very excited to become the owner, something that I never dreamed could happen,” she said. “I love this place and I love selling clothes. This is such an ideal opportunity for me.”

Coffey said her love of history helped her make up her mind about her immediate future. At LHS, Coffey was president of the school’s history club and earned recognition as a National History Student.

So what has that got to do with dresses and shoes?

“I loved learning where clothes come from,” Coffey explained. “Take Gucci, for example. He started in horse bridles and saddles. Then he moved into making purses and handbags. And history repeats itself. Styles popular in the 1950s are coming back. That look in the movie ‘The Stepford Wives’ is a ‘50s look that’s coming back. I love learning that kind of stuff.”

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