Longtime friends Nancy Coggins and Susan Rafalco for years enjoyed shopping in historic downtown.
They visited so often that a merchant where they were regulars had a suggestion: Why not go into business for yourselves?
Neither had experience running her own shop, but both women warmed to the idea. Last month, they took the plunge and opened Oh My! Consignments & Boutique in the nearly 90-year-old Young & Moody Building.
"Downtown Plant City is just so quaint. It's small enough where you can walk to all the stores," Coggins said. "The people are very, very nice."
Their store, at 116 W. Reynolds St., features an eclectic collection of merchandise. Their shelves are stocked with clothes for men, women and children, shoes, accessories, home décor and lots of other items.
The duo actively seeks items for consignment that are in good condition. The shop and those putting merchandise up for sale split the proceeds 50-50.
Coggins and Rafalco got to know each other when they lived in South Florida and have been best friends for more than 15 years.
Coggins was a bookkeeper and prepared income tax returns, and Rafalco represented a leather furniture company. Rafalco moved to Tampa about 10 years ago; Coggins moved to Lakeland about seven years ago.
They are hoping people find the same enjoyment shopping in their store as they have found for years shopping downtown.
"We want people to feel relaxed and right at home here," Coggins said.
The shop is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and closed on Sunday. For information, call (813) 704-4899 or go to www.ohmyconsignment.com