With COVID-19 still in our midst, lots of people are on a stringent budget, even though they have growing kids or a growing belly (lots of birth announcements as we've peaked over 100 days in the pandemic).


If you are on a shopping budget, try getting into thrifting, but you may also find a quick way to make a buck!


Kay Stiles, a local entrepreneur, re-sale queen and owner of London's Things has information to share.


Charisse: Tell me about yourself?


Stiles: "My name is Karmelie "Kay" Stiles. I was born and raised in the Bronx, New York, and moved to Georgia in 2004 at the age of 19. I currently live in Savannah with my four children, and my wonderful husband, Byron Stiles, who is a Savannah native."


Charisse: Let the people know about resale.


Stiles: "I initially started buying re-sale items online in 2014 when I was pregnant with my fourth child, London. Hence, my shop name being "London's Things." I quickly realized that these other women (for the most part) that I was meeting "virtually" were supplementing incomes with this awesome business! I got started almost instantly. That's what kick started this whole thing.


"My business is a mix of thrifting, re-sale and consignment. I thrift to source items, I resell them and I also consign items for women in my area who want to make a quick buck, while emptying their closets (for new stuff of course!).


"London's Things is so rewarding to me. With every single review, feedback or comment, I am so happy to be making someone's day with something as small as a package. I work out of a small office and also my home. I work with USPS for shipping and I couldn't be happier. They pick up my packages at my front porch and I never have to run into the Post Office, which is especially important during these crazy times. I have officially gone full-time with re-sale for one year now, and I love what I do. Being my own boss has SO many amazing perks.


"I source products normally at local thrift stores (i.e. Designer's Consignment, Clothes Mentor, Old Savannah City Mission and others). It's imperative I support my local economy while doing the work I do. I try not to use too many online, big chain bulk retailers. The little guys need support, too."


Follow Kay at @londonsthings on Instagram.


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