The Heart of the Bottom Drawer Boutique
The Warm Heart of The Bottom Drawer Boutique
By Hollie Niblett
Fran Perdikis closed the deal on the Bottom Drawer consignment shop on New Years Day, 2005. She purchased the store from its original owners who owned it for 34 years before she graced the stage. Since then, she has grown the Bottom Drawer into one of the finest, upscale consignment stores in Oklahoma City.
Indeed, the store has been in business so long, it’s considered by many to be a local treasure: a gem in the collective unconscious of Oklahoma Citians. “People still come in when they are visiting from out of town, because they have memories of shopping here when they were children,” says Fran with a smile.
In the seven years she has owned and operated the Bottom Drawer, she has transformed it into a light, bright and comfortable place to shop with trendy and recent trends for women… and couture to boot. As we toured her store she pointed out different designers she carries in handbags, shoes and clothing: Prada, Coach, Maxx, Judith Leiber, Chanel, Jimmy Choo, Miu Miu, just to name a few.
She also carries an impressive selection of furs and jewelry. Although she sells quality consignment jewelry, a portion of what she carries is new, as is much of her merchandise. A few local boutiques consign with her on a regular basis and this makes up about 25% of her inventory.
And she is discriminating about what she accepts on consignment, wanting only the best for her customers. “Luckily, I don’t shop here every day or I wouldn’t be able to pay the rent, because I love everything in here!” Current trends are the main course at the Bottom Drawer.
While she appreciates the fashionable merchandise in her store, her real joy comes from putting a smile on someone’s face when they leave happy. “We do more than just open the doors. We try to help them and provide a service.” Fran says some of her customers come in and let her know they are going on a seven day vacation, and she will put their entire wardrobe together for them. Feel you can’t afford that beautiful new suit for the office? Don’t worry. Fran will let you put your selection on lay-a-way.
It’s not surprising people go to Fran for fashion advice. When you walk in the store, you’re greeted with a warm smile and true southern hospitality. Fran describe herself as Cajun. She’s originally from a small town in Louisiana and was brought up on a small plantation, and this is where she first fell in love with clothes. “I have loved clothes my whole life. When I was a little girl I would play in my aunt’s closets. Now I feel like I’m playing in other peoples’ closets!”
Make those tres grand closets, ma chere. The Bottom Drawer receives an average of 700 new pieces each week. They are kept on consignment for a total of 90 days, after which they are either picked up by the owner or donated to charity. This also means she’s always having a good sale: all clothes are marked half off for the last 30 days of consignment. To consign with the Bottom Drawer, just make an appointment and bring your (perfect and current) clothes in clean and on a hanger. Nothing would make this Southern Belle happier. “When I get new stuff in, it feels like Christmas,” she gushes. “It’s exciting because I never know what I’m going to get!”
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