Kelly Williams has been a lifelong consignment, thrift store, yard sale and flea market shopper.
After traveling around the country – and running a consignment store in Massachusetts for several years – she’s once again combining her love of fashion with her love of shopping, with Plum consignment boutique, which opened in late May.
The shop offers higher-end designs, and, although it’s only been open for a little over a month, it’s already attracted the attention of the stylish Portland crowd, including the Fore Front Fashion blog.
Her motto: Just go for what you want, because it’s better to fail than to regret not trying at all.
What were your key needs in getting started with your business?
The most important thing was a good location. The little white brick building (that houses Plum) is at a very visible spot in Portland, and I definitely like being on the (Munjoy) Hill. The India Street neighborhood is going through major changes, and there is a lot of positive development currently under way.
What factors from your upbringing gave you the courage to venture out on your own?
I come from a long line of entrepreneurs, and I was always told that if you wanted to do something, you should try. I am a strong believer that you seldom regret things you try, but definitely regret those things you don’t try. When I met my husband, he was just beginning a business, a successful launch and mooring company in Massachusetts, that he sold when we moved here. My oldest brother has had a successful real estate company in San Diego for over 20 years. My youngest brother has a successful yoga retreat in Bali. I also want my daughter to know that she can do anything she sets her mind to.
What advice would you give an aspiring female entrepreneur?
Try and get experience in the field. Not only can you see if it is something you enjoy and have a realistic idea of what the business entails, but you can save yourself from making a lot of mistakes.
What’s your overall outlook on life, summed up in a sentence or two?
I think where there’s a will, there’s a way, and life is too short to not do the things you want to do.