New boutique offers classic fashions

Published 7:00 am Tuesday, November 17, 2015

 OLD BECOME NEW: Local entrepreneur Dianne Gibson’s new consignment shop features a variety of upscale clothing and accessories.  Photo by Cassandra Favre

OLD BECOME NEW: Local entrepreneur Dianne Gibson’s new consignment shop features a variety of upscale clothing and accessories.
Photo by Cassandra Favre

“Life is too short to wear boring clothes.” –– Author unknown.

There’s a new hotspot in downtown Picayune for the fashionistas of Pearl River County, Repeat After Me.
The upscale consignment boutique is owned and operated by Dianne Gibson and her sister, Sandy Lemoine.
After losing two homes to the floodwaters of hurricanes Katrina and Isaac, Gibson, a Louisiana native, said she couldn’t handle any more flooding so she and her husband, Bob, moved to Picayune in 2013.
“My sister has lived here for about 16 years and one day we saw a house for sale on her street and fell in love with it,” Gibson said. “It felt right in my heart and something that we needed to do.”
When the Gibsons moved to the area, they began looking for a church. They began attending The Church on West Canal Street in downtown Picayune and fell in love with the church and the building that housed the church.
Soon after, the couple bought the building and turned one suite into Gibson’s House Antiques and the other into Repeat After Me.
Gibson, who has worked as an insurance agent for the past 39 years, is a self-proclaimed lover of fashionable clothing and all things girly.
“I’m an entrepreneur at heart,” she said. “I’ve always wanted to open an upscale designer clothing store. I went to my friends and family for clothing and stocked the store with items from their closets.”
Gibson still travels to Covington, Louisiana for her insurance career and, while she’s gone, Lemoine manages the shop.
Customers entering the boutique will notice a wall of handbags to their right. Upon closer inspection, handbag lovers will notice popular designer labels such as Coach, Nine West, Dooney and Bourke and Louis Vuitton.
After perusing the handbags, customers can take a look at the career and casual clothing hung throughout the racks. Many of the clothing items are made by brands including Chicos, Talbots and Jones New York.
In the back of the store, there is a rack dedicated to vintage clothing.
Along the wall, shoe lovers can find an assortment of gently used footwear.
Gibson also sells accessories such as scarves, jewelry (vintage and handmade) and hats.
People are welcome to bring their items to sell and they will receive 50 percent of the sale price, Gibson said. Before pricing the items, Gibson completes online research.
However, the clothing must be gently or hardly worn. She will not accept items that are frayed, stained or have non-working zippers. The same applies to shoes, jeans and handbags, she said.
“I want my store be a comfortable place for shoppers,” Gibson said. “I want it to be high-end, classy, upscale, organized and not crowded. I want my customers to be able to see things and shop at their own leisure. I feel the name Repeat After Me describes consignment. Once I wear it, you can wear it and the item of clothing will get another journey in life.”
Repeat After Me is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The boutique is located at 120A West Canal Street.
Contact staff by phone at 601-229-0991 and through Facebook.

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