Facebook boutiques bring new shopping experience

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - When it comes to women's clothing there is a brand new player in the world of online shopping: Facebook boutiques. News Leader 9 met with two boutique owners who are making a career out of selling clothes online.

Cathryn Weber was used to buying outfits from local boutiques until she discovered a Facebook shop that carried similar clothes.

"It just popped up on my news feed one day and I got to looking at it and I really liked what I saw," she said. "The selection was different from anything I had seen anywhere else and the prices were a lot cheaper than if I had gone into a store or on a corporate website."

Weber said the ease of ordering, along with the low prices, had her hooked.

"I've actually bought several dresses," Weber said. "I've bought some earrings, necklaces, bracelets."

The creator behind Lulu's Closet, Leslie Gordon, said she started her Facebook boutique just a month ago.

"I am a full-time student and I am a stay-at-home mom, so I wanted to do something I could do on my own, something that I like," she said.

And she says her mission is simple.

"I want to give you the best quality, the best prices, and I want to be number one," Gordon said.

Sass and Class Couture owner Melissa Kennon has been running her boutique from her Columbus home for six months and has made it a mission to offer the lowest prices for the best clothes.

"It's paying us really well," Kennon said. "We are able to get out of debt and pay off our credit cards. I think the main reason I can offer it for so much cheaper is because I'm staying at home, I don't have employees to pay, and I don't have an overhead."

Gordon added, "We try to look for as little as we can get it for so that way we can give you, the customer, the best prices we possibly can."

Both boutique owners said this business venture has now turned in to a full-time job.

"I never thought I would get this far," Kennon said. "I never thought I would get past the first week, the first two weeks, the month, and it is growing and growing every single day and it so exciting."

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