The Green Boutique

. November 28, 2012.
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Earth-friendly chic

Customers call her “The Diva of Secondhand,” and describe her new store, The Green Boutique, as  “thriftique.” Raechel Kolling calls herself a store owner who wants to give Toledoans “another way to be green and shop local, without overspending” on fashion, accessories, and home décor. After 15 years working in an office environment, Kolling decided to follow her dream of owning a chic boutique-type shop. She uses her lifelong interest in arts and crafts and a big imagination to make jewelry from broken, discarded, junked or vintage pieces and to restore and/or repaint used or discarded furniture, mirrors and home décor pieces. She offers gently-used clothes, purses, and shoes, and fashions second-hand threads, glue, and paint into unique pieces that appeal to people who believe in recycling and its ability to improve the economy and the environment. “I want to change the way shoppers view second-hand shopping with the look and feel of a high-end shop without the high-end prices,” Kolling says. “I offer unique pieces not found in department stores. Most shoppers who come in do not know I’m a thrift store until they see my prices or I explain what I’m about.” 

The Green Boutique is located at the Marketplace West Shoppes,
3606 Sylvania Ave. (at Monroe St.) Store hours are weekdays 11am-7pm,
and weekends 10am-4pm. 419-206-9458. www.thegreenboutique.org. —CH