Benicia Patch periodically interviews companies in the Industrial Park. Remy Regala, owner of , spoke with us about her popular consignment business located in the Historic Benicia Arsenal. The shop's merchandise is artfully arranged, enticing customers to explore the two-story boutique from its glass cases of jewelry to nearby shelves lined with shoes and designer purses.
How long has Rags To Riches been in the Historic Benicia Arsenal?
We have been in business at this location since March, 1992, nearly 20 years.
What different services and products do you offer?
We are a consignment shop and more. Our customers will find designer clothing and accessories including purses, shoes, blue jeans, even formal gowns. We also have jewelry, from name brands to handcrafted pieces by local artists done in gold and silver.
We also offer our customers original art and an online eBay store.
How does the consignment process work?
When a client brings in items for consignment, we typically keep those items for two months. The client will receive 40 percent of the selling price. At the end of that time we donate the [unsold] merchandise.
What is your most popular product?
Our most popular products are our high-end purses and shoes. Especially popular are the purses.
How do you get the word out that you are in the Industrial Park?
We have many regular customers because of our longevity at this location. Many of our customers find us on the Internet.
What are the benefits of your Industrial Park location?
This location keeps our rent and expenses lower. We also enjoy the fact that the industrial park businesses are a part of a community. For example, , next door, has been in business for a year. Michael Trahan Interior Design and are a few doors down.
Anything else that you would like to share with your Benicia neighbors?
Much of the original art you see on the walls is by Roland Regala, my husband. Roland is also a graphic artist at the and has a long history of working in the Bay Area graphic design industry.