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Resale store gives gently-used clothes new life

Les Stukenberg/The Daily Courier<br>Steve and Anita Davis, owners of Flipits Exchange at 117 E. Gurley St., Suite 113 where they sell resale fashions.

Les Stukenberg/The Daily Courier<br>Steve and Anita Davis, owners of Flipits Exchange at 117 E. Gurley St., Suite 113 where they sell resale fashions.

It was around suppertime one Sunday evening this past summer when Steve and Anita Davis were kicking around ideas for a family business.

They gave their daughters $100 each to hit the thrift stores and retail outlets in the Tempe area.

What they came back with was the foundation of their men's and women's new and resale vintage fashion store they call Flipits Exchange at 117 E. Gurley St., Suite 113.

"We got so excited," she said.

The girls came back with a mix of skirts, shorts, tops, scarves, purses and shoes - stuff that Steve said was hip, trendy and quality clothing of some of the biggest names in fashion.

Steve and Anita built the framework of their business after successful stores that make resale clothing fun and affordable for shoppers.

"We molded ourselves after what's going on in Phoenix," he said.

Men's fashion options range from shirts, shorts and jeans to hats, belts and shoes.

Women's fashion options also include accessories such as rings and earrings.

Much of their merchandise comes from what their daughters bring in, according to Anita. "They do get the best stuff," she said.

Prices range from about $3.50 to $40, but most of their prices fall in the$6.50 to $9 price range.

Steve said the focus for the store is on affordability and giving their customers the ability to buy multiple items for around $20.

"Our prices are really competitive," he said.

Customers can get 20 percent cash back or 30 percent store credit for gently-used clothes.

The business is a new career path for Steve and Anita, who worked in Las Vegas for years.

Steve was in construction and Anita was dealing at blackjack and Pai Gow tables there for 20 years.

"It suits us," she said. "People who walk out of here aren't losing."

Despite this being their first clothing store, Anita said business is taking off.

"(Customers) bring the clothes to life," she said. "That was a surprise - I had no idea that that was going to be one of the benefits."

The store is open from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

For information, call 636-5816.

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