Owner of Deja vu Consignment Shop to speak at DuBocage ABWA meeting

Trisha Shank, owner of Deja vu Consignment Shop, was guest speaker for the DuBocage Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association at their meeting held recently at the Pine Bluff Country Club. She was born, raised and received her education in Lutcher, La. She attended American International Travel School in New Orleans after graduating from high school. She has worked in Gonzales, La., as manager of American International Travel before moving to Pine Bluff in 1995 where she worked for Simmons Bank in the Loan Documentation Department before opening her own shop. She is married and has two children. Shank is also a former DuBocage ABWA member.

Shank stressed the importance of everyone buying American made products. If you are looking for clothes that are American made and can’t find what you want, she suggested trying used clothing. Deja vu only takes clothing that isn’t torn, doesn’t have a broken zipper, or has no buttons missing or is no more than three years old. When you bring things to the store, they will tag and price the items for you. It is all computerized. This is much easier than having a garage sale. She showed the outfit she was wearing, everything from the skirt, blouse, shoes and jewelry came from her shop and only cost her $34.

Deja vu Consignment Shop is located in Watson Chapel across from El Sol Restaurant. They are open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Trisha only takes one consignor a day and is booked up until May although she will take jeans and prom dresses at any time. They are taking summer items now. They also have dishes, whatnots, shoes, home decor and purses as well as the clothing. Deja vu is well organized with like sizes together and like items together such as a room for jeans or a room for baby things. Any items not sold in 120 days either goes back to the person who brought it in or is donated to charity.

During the business meeting, voluntary donations were taken to be donated to the Stephen Bufton Memorial Education Fund (SBMEF) in Flo Smithwick’s name. President Donna Renfro recognized Helen Pennington for being an ABWA member for 51 years and Mary Baxter for handling the pecan sales, having them shipped, organizing and collecting from each member.

The Spring Enrollment will be held at the April meeting, with Betty Carter Johnson of the Red Cross speaking. There will also be a white elephant table. Anyone with items to donate for the table should contact Mary.

Baxter, as chairman of fund raising, announced she was assembling a basket, containing several gift certificates, jewelry, lotions from Bath and Body Works, and lots of other interesting things, on which she will be taking chances. The basket will be given away in July. To obtain chances on the gift basket, contact anyone in the chapter or Baxter at 534-1919. The money collected from the donations will go into the scholarship fund. DuBocage gives two scholarships each semester of $750 each. Each recipient usually requests to be continued each year if her grades are kept at the required level.

Each recipient usually requests to be continued each year if her grades are kept at the required level.

Donna Kriner won the dollar pot and donated it back to the chapter. Renfro, Kriner, and Mary Coburn won the birthday gifts. Judy Kittler and Renfro won the door prizes.