A fashion enthusiast is bringing second-hand clothes with a high-end twist to Broomhill after opening her first shop.
Molly Hill’s boutique Bequeath has already been attracting scores of customers tempted by rails filled with ‘preloved’ new and worn high street and designer garments, as well as bespoke jewellery.
I thought people might like to try the clothes on and have a nicer experience, rather than buying them based on photos onlineMolly Hill
Initially the venture was online-only, but interest was so strong that Molly decided to take over the double-fronted unit on Glossop Road which is now Bequeath’s home.
“Gradually I’ve been getting footfall - it’s been very busy, which I’m really pleased about,” said the 20-year-old, who grew up in Ranmoor.
“Every day it’s getting better, as people walk past and see the shop they’re more inclined to come in.”
Molly attended Sheffield High School, then went on to Chesterfield College, where she studied art and design, specialising in fashion.
She also worked in the Stock Exchange shop at Hunters Bar, which also sells preowned designer clothing.
“I thought there was scope for a shop selling more studenty, cheaper things,” said Molly.
Labels currently in stock range from Zara and Topshop to Ralph Lauren and Boden.
Molly started selling unwanted items of her own through an iPad app, before being approached by friends to sell clothes on their behalf.
“Some people came to me with one item, others with 10 things. I decided to set up my own website, and because it was going so well, I thought people might like to try the clothes on and have a nicer experience, rather than buying the clothes based on photos online.”
There is also a more pragmatic reason for letting customers see potential purchases up close. Bequeath does not offer returns or refunds, and there is a much higher chance a buyer will have second thoughts with clothing bought online.
Start-up funds for the shop were provided by the Prince’s Trust.
“If an item sells, I take 50 per cent of the proceeds and the customer takes 50 per cent,” Molly added. “Normally I keep the clothes for six months and if they’re not sold I’ll give them back to the person they came from or donate them to charity.”
n An official launch event is taking place at the shop on April 11 from 2pm to 8pm. Visit www.bequeathclothing.co.uk for more details.