Letter to the Editor of the Hudson Independent, April 2018

Dear Ed­i­tor,

I am the pro­pri­etress of a small busi­ness in Tar­ry­town called Tril­ogy Con­sign­ment. It’s a lovely place that makes me very proud. Own­ing a con­sign­ment shop is not only my vo­ca­tion, it is a col­lab­o­ra­tive en­vi­ron­men­tal ef­fort with our ever-grow­ing com­mu­nity of cus­tomers and all the con­signors who keep Tril­ogy stocked with in­ter­est­ing, qual­ity, pre-loved items. I’m writ­ing to cel­e­brate our cus­tomers and con­signors for help­ing a lo­cal small busi­ness thrive by par­tic­i­pat­ing in what is es­sen­tially the only re­cy­cling ini­tia­tive of its kind in Westch­ester.

Since open­ing, we have worked with about 800 con­signors, nearly all of them liv­ing in Westch­ester. This means that when cus­tomers shop at Tril­ogy, their money not only goes to sup­port a small busi­ness, but also right back to peo­ple in this com­mu­nity. I re­cently learned that money spent at a lo­cal small busi­ness gen­er­ates 3.5x more wealth for the lo­cal econ­omy com­pared to money spent at a chain owned busi­ness. Con­sign­ment shops source their mer­chan­dise lo­cally, work­ing di­rectly with peo­ple in their com­mu­ni­ties while in­creas­ing their lo­cal eco­nomic ben­e­fit.

Con­sign­ment is the kind of thing where the peo­ple who love it seek it out wher­ever they go. It’s one of my fa­vorite things to have some­one new visit, who found us be­cause they were specif­i­cally look­ing to shop sec­ond­hand. Many cus­tomers tell me that the ex­pe­ri­ence of shop­ping at Tril­ogy is some­thing spe­cial, or that shop­ping usu­ally stresses them out, but they leave Tril­ogy feel­ing bet­ter than when they walked in. I of­ten hear cus­tomers claim that they get more com­ple­ments on their Tril­ogy finds than any­thing else they wear. I think what peo­ple no­tice when they give a com­ple­ment is the con­fi­dence that comes with do­ing some­thing en­joy­able that also aligns with their val­ues. Plus, find­ing that per­fect some­thing in a con­sign­ment shop is like meet­ing a new friend that feels like an old friend, and that’s a good feel­ing that lasts past the first wear.

March 15th was the 4th an­niver­sary of Tril­ogy open­ing in Tar­ry­town, and March 3rdmarked one year in our gor­geous new lo­ca­tion on Main Street. These mile­stones have in­spired me to take our re­cy­cling ef­forts to the next level by col­lab­o­rat­ing with a lo­cal non-profit, BE­Beauty, for a re­cy­cling ini­tia­tive launch­ing this spring. We want to help make it eas­ier to re­cy­cle cloth­ing and make-up con­tain­ers, and ed­u­cate peo­ple about why it’s im­por­tant to think about these things. To learn more, come visit us or check our web­site: con­sign­tril­ogy.com.

Noth­ing but good can come from us col­lec­tively mak­ing an ef­fort to treat the land we live on with re­spect. Happy Earth Day!

Heather Reid