We had the good fortune of connecting with Beth Mannella and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Beth, we’d love for you to start things off by telling us something about your industry that we and others not in the industry might be unaware of?
Fashion is the third most polluting industry on the planet so doing our part to keep that fashion out of landfills is part of being a responsible consumer. By extending the life cycle of the clothing, shoes, and handbags in our closet we limit the need for the manufacture of new items. Shopping consignment and resell in general is a responsible way to shop, not only for the purpose of conserving money but also helps conserve our environment.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am most proud and excited about my family. Prior to having children I worked in sales for a personnel agency and also in HR. I took time off from a career to focus on raising my children. While doing that, I was actively involved in PTO organizations in all of the schools they attended as well as held positions in their sports booster clubs. Employers should never overlook that experience when looking at potential employees. About the time my daughter was in middle school I took a job as an art teacher for an after school enrichment program and was able to continue that after my move from Illinois to Georgia. I was actively looking at purchasing a franchise from that organization when the opportunity for a partnership with Urban Renewal arose. As I’ve always been an avid searcher for “the look for less” and already loved working at the store, I could not pass up that opportunity.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Anytime anyone comes to visit, we head to the Beltline and visit Ponce City Market and the nearby restaurants. Shopping is always a must with visitors and with all of the consignments shops in the Atlanta area, we would have full bags and empty wallets by the end of a week. But because I live and work in the Marietta area we would spend most of our time at the Marietta Square where there are things to do and places to eat at any time of the day. Hiking and learning about the Kennesaw Mountain is also always a hit with visitors. There are no shortages of museums, scenic trails, great shopping and wonderful restaurants in Cobb County. I could easily keep someone busy for a week.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My first Shoutout goes to my business partner Patty Jones who has been in the consignment business in both Georgia and Alabama for many years. Patty took me on as a partner in the business 2.5 years ago. I already worked in the store, but she has taught me the in’s and out’s of running the business and has been willing to evolve the business with me. My husband and children Tony, Patrick, and Miranda have been wonderfully supportive and encouraging. They have been active listeners when I’ve needed someone to discuss ideas with and are gentle when telling me to stop talking business! I come from a long line of entrepreneurs so a big shoutout goes to my parents Gary and Sandy, as well as all four of my grandparents.
Other: Register through the following link to get a text message when Urban Renewal Consignment begins a Facebook Live video! See weekly new arrivals as well as steal and deals on sale items. https://www.loyalshops.com/p/UrbanRenewalConsignment/