This story was originally published in The Star-Herald.
By James Phillips
Rewindz, a children’s consignment shop on the downtown square in Kosciusko, started out of one mom’s search for affordable clothing for her own children.
Melanie McKnight, owner of the store, said she spent a lot of time and money traveling to the Jackson area to buy clothes for her children.
“Children’s clothes are so expensive so I would go there to find the best deals at consignment shops,” McKnight said. “One day, when we were shopping, my husband looked at me and asked why I couldn’t open up a consignment shop here.”
McKnight, who has a degree in art education, had minimal retail experience, but she decided to give it a try.
“I took an online course on running your own small business and I had $300 for startup money,” McKnight said. “We knew that if I was driving to Jackson that there would be others from here doing the same thing.”
The business originally opened on Highway 12 West in Kosciusko.
“I had some friends who believed in me to let me try it with the clothes they had,” McKnight said. “And here we are now.”
The business was open on Highway 12 for one year, before McKnight made the move to the square. Rewindz has been open in downtown Kosciusko for more than a year now, and McKnight said her business has more than tripled.
“Moving downtown was the right move,” she said. “I love it down here. There is such a community feel among the business owners and the customers. This is a comfortable place.”
(Photo courtesy of Rhonda Cooper)
The building that houses Rewindz was familiar for McKnight.
“My grandmother retired from this building when it was Wade Harvey Drug Store, and I worked in this building when it was a Curves Fitness Center, so I have a long history with this particular building,” she said. “I’m very proud to be at this location.”
Rewindz is open Monday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.
The store is also open most Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. When the business first opened, McKnight said she offered more home décor items, but now she strictly focuses on children’s merchandise.
“If it is something for a child, we probably sell it,” she said. McKnight said she is always blessed to see someone find a great price at her store. “I get excited when people get excited when they find a good deal,” she said. “Being able to write my consigners checks, that is a great feeling. I just see this as a fun job.”
After starting with only a few friends, McKnight’s business has now grown to have more than 300 consigners.
Clothing that does not sell, even has a home at Rewindz. McKnight said quality clothes that do not sell go to the Clothed by Christ ministry.
“Whatever is wearable but does not sell is donated to families who need them,” she said. “We have given clothes to people from Walnut to the Gulf Coast.”
Whether selling clothes or giving them away, McKnight said she just wants to see people happy. “As long as I make people smile, my day is complete,” she said.
McKnight is the wife of Bryan McKnight. The couple has three children, Marla Ray, 10, Bryson, 6, and Beauen, 7 months.