MISSION, Kan. - More customers have come forward following a Call For Action report on the closing of wedding consignment store. The Savvy Bride in Mission, Kan., closed this summer, without selling several of the items in the shop.
Donna Graham saw the report in September.
“I was shocked, totally shocked, because I knew that I had stuff there,” Graham said.
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Graham had left several items at the Savvy Bride to be resold, including a purse, evening dresses, flower girl items and a mother’s gown totaling $557.
Graham returned to the store June 13 to check on her things. At that time, only one item had sold. She was not told the store would be closing.
"The shop was up and running," Graham said. "There was even a lady trying on a dress."
The owner the Savvy Bride, Emilee Parton, told Call For Action she notified her customers of her decision to close by email and letter between June 16 and June 19. That was just days after Graham's store visit.
“I never heard one word from the owner, nothing,” Graham said.
Graham is not alone.
In May 2011, Kerry Gentry left two wedding dresses at the Savvy Bride. Gentry said she never received an email or letter from the owner. She contacted Call For Action after seeing the original report.
"I was thrilled because I thought here is someone that can help me maybe get some resolution to this issue," Gentry said.
Gentry works for Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas. She wanted Parton to either pay for the dresses or return them to be donated and resold at the agency's thrift store.
Days after Call For Action spoke with Parton, both customers received payments in the mail. Gentry received a check for $400. Graham also received a check from for $210.
"I am very grateful to you, very, very grateful,” Graham said.
The owner would not comment on why she closed The Savvy Bride.
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