Upstate Business Journal

Scarlett’s High Cotton opens on Spartanburg’s west side

Carol Blackburn and Jane Brainard have opened Scarlett’s High Cotton in a 4,000-square-foot space at 3275 Reidville Road beside Carolina Traditions.

April 26, 2017

by Trevor Anderson

Two entrepreneurs in Spartanburg have taken their boutique concept to another level.

Carol Blackburn and Jane Brainard have opened Scarlett’s High Cotton in a 4,000-square-foot space at 3275 Reidville Road beside Carolina Traditions.

The store is an expanded version of the one the owners opened in Cowpens in 2015.

That venture was a combination Blackburn’s plus-size women’s consignment business, Scarlett’s Consignment, with Brainard’s Liza Jane antique store and homemade desserts.

With this version, the owners have added some new items and opened up the space to a variety of local vendors. They hope it will become a retail destination on Spartanburg’s west side.

“We are really excited about this store,” said Blackburn, who started her consignment business after she was laid off a manufacturing company in 2009. “Jane is a great partner and I couldn’t think of anyone better to do this with. We plan on building it up one day at a time.”

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The building is a former nursery that was converted into a retail space for another vintage clothing and home décor boutique, Trendsetter’s Closet.

On the clothing side, Scarlett’s High Cotton carries Magna, a clothing line from the Netherlands. Sizes range from 1X to 3X.

Blackburn said she has plans to attend AmericasMart in Atlanta every six weeks to buy new merchandise for the store, although she is still consigning clothing, shoes, and handbags from local residents.

Brainard has brought in a selection of her vintage and antique furniture, and other repurposed items from Liza Jane’s.

The store also has a line of soy candles.

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Other vendors who have set up shop in the store include:

-Wine & Dine Crafters, a maker of wind chimes from wine bottles, jewelry from wine corks, tiki candles from wine bottles, and more.

-Pottery by Mags, a Spartanburg-based pottery brand specializing in platters, planters, and serving pieces.

-Dora Elizondo, another Spartanburg pottery line that produces planters, vases, ornaments, and more.

-B Line Designs, a local artist that specializes in repurposing vintage suit cases into dollhouses and glamour cases.

-Whynots by Bonnie, a line of antique baskets, prints, linens, and more.

-The Furniture Man, a company by Mark Turner, who repurposes and paints furniture.

-Southern Twang, a maker of homemade soaps.

“We’ve got a lot of vendors and space that we’re renting,” Brainard said. “This is not our first rodeo. We have done this before, and we’re hoping that it works again in our new locations.”

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Blackburn cut her teeth in clothing while she was in college. She worked at JCPenney at WestGate Mall in Spartanburg as a senior merchandising manager.

Brainard was a former EMT. She moved to Spartanburg from Atlanta in 2003.

The two women met in 2010 when Jane asked a friend where she could buy plus sizes.

Blackburn operated a store off Reidville Road and then later moved to Oak Grove Road in the Country Corners shopping center.

Brainard eventually moved her business Junk Whisperer into Blackburn’s old space off Oak Grove Road.

Both women said they love people and building relationships. Blackburn said there are very few options for plus-size women who want to buy fashionable clothing at a reasonable price.

They hope to utilize the property surrounding the business for pop-ups and other events.

The owners said they plan to host a grand opening for the business on May 6.

Scarlett’s High Cotton is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/scarlettconsigns.

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