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Meet Bente Drost of Style-Hunting in North County

Today we’d like to introduce you to Bente Drost.

Bente, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I am from Denmark originally! I had this idea after college that I would move to New York City and kill it in the fashion industry, and the rest would be history… I actually did book a one-way ticket, I was only 22 years old at the time and my mom kept telling me to get a reality check and that ‘Sex and The City’ was not real. However, I went, I was broke, knew a handful of people and the economy had just crashed… remember? So, I met up with this guy, who I had been hanging out with years prior. After a week together in NYC and me realizing that bankers now worked as bartenders, I decided to go with this handsome guy to Colorado, where he was living at the time. He lived in Denver and I went to Aspen, where I quickly got two jobs and a place to stay. After my fairytale dream in gorgeous Aspen, I moved in with the guy (who is now my amazing husband). Things got more real and we were grinding away doing normal boring jobs.

One day, he left a bag of old clothes and asked me to drop it off at Goodwill while he was at work. I dug through the bag, noticed it was all in pretty good condition and decided to open an eBay account and listed all of it. It sold within a week – for great prices too, which got me so excited that I started to go through thrift stores with the goal to resell hidden gems! I continually did this while I had other jobs, and loved it so much! I visualized having my own business one day and always dreamt about finding a way to combine my interest in fashion with my background in business. In my later 20s, I got a little more scared of taking risks, but my husband, entrepreneur at heart always pushed me when I had an idea. So, I decided to start an online consignment store, helping people selling their stuff. I opened an LLC and got to work. I worked out of our house and garage for years, had a high school girl come at 7 am in the morning to help with listings before she headed to school. Had my own baby on the lap, and took amateur photos from a Lightbox I had bought on Amazon. My first client was my mother-in-law, my second client was my neighbor and here we are today with lots of clients, from all over the country, a lot of them I haven’t even met. We have a 3000sf warehouse now with a team of awesome people and photographers, we have come a long long way – but we try to improve every single day… and a man I truly love what I do.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It’s been somewhat smooth. No, maybe not, it might feel like a smooth road cause it’s been so fun, interesting and nerve aging. My business model was proven pretty early on, though the biggest challenge for me was probably realizing that at some point I would have to invest (spend money) to scale and not be doing everything myself anymore. I finally took the jump and the return has been rewarding. My husband has been my biggest fan and supporter, and he helps me get back on track when I get caught up in small details, rather than seeing the bigger picture.

Please tell us about Style-Hunting.
Style-Hunting is an online Luxury consignment store. We sell second-hand clothing, shoes, handbags, and accessories. We sell anything from Lululemon, Zara to Manolo Blahnik and Gucci. We offer competitive commission rates or quick and convenient buy-outs. We are based in North County San Diego. We love all our clients, so our main focus is to make everything as convenient as possible. We offer free Pick-Ups in San Diego County or prepaid UPS labels. Our clients can come by our office anytime Mon-Fri 9-5!

We are not just a cyberspace company, we have a lot of interactions with our clients, and sometimes they even come by on our warehouse to shop, which makes our place super fun! I am so happy to see how loyal our existing clients are and I love love love to know that someones preloved items get a new home and new appreciation. I think it’s amazing!

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
One of my father’s colleagues had two girls who were a couple of years older than my sister and I. Twice a year, my dad would come home from work with 3-4 bags full of hand me down clothing from this family. This was truly better than getting new clothes. It was so much fun going through all the clothes, style it, try it on and dividing it between my sister and I. I have always been a ‘dress-up-kinda-girl’!

Pricing:

  • 50/50 Commission for items selling for $200 or less. Higher commission after that!

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Image Credit:
Kristin Russ

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