Tayla & Pearl’s thriving at new location

Published 2:00 pm Wednesday, April 3, 2024

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Tayla & Pearl’s Attic Finds, a thrift store founded by Kimmie and Claude Plant, has experienced rapid growth since its opening on Nov. 1, 2023. Named after two of the Plant’s special-needs cats, Tayla and Pearl, the store initially occupied a space at 802 North Conecuh Street with room for 14 vendor booths. The shop was launched to support the Plant’s cat rescue, Rescue Moms TNR (trap, neuter, and release).

The store’s success became evident within months of opening, prompting a move to a larger location at 132 West Commerce Street in Greenville. The new space boasts accommodation for over 40 vendors and offers a diverse array of items, including vintage goods, glassware, antiques and new items.

“I was in the building with All Occasion Creations, in a tiny corner, so no one could really see me,” explained owner Kimmie Plant. “When this opportunity came up, I couldn’t pass it up and I jumped on it.”

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In addition to the expanded space and vendor capacity, Tayla & Pearls has introduced virtual auctions. Held on Monday nights from 6-8 p.m. The auctions feature items from various vendors. Plant hosts the auctions live on Facebook, where vendors tag their items with a starting bid.

“I just go live on Facebook and the vendors tag their items with a starting bid,” Plant said. “When a viewer comments with their bid, then I do a countdown… but I don’t talk fast. We have a lot of fun and laughs while we do it.”

Therese Barrett, a long-time vendor at Tayla & Pearls, expressed enthusiasm for the store’s growth. 

“I’ve been selling things for probably 15 years,” Barrett said. “It’s always better when people can come in and physically look around to find great deals. I love it here and it’s a good location. I think we’re all going to be just blown away by what she can accomplish here.”

Plant also shared updates on the cat rescue supported by the store.

“We are building a cat enclosure that will measure over 550 ft around. It’s taken 2 years to build with only my husband working on it,” Plant said. “We take donations in our booth. Everything we make goes towards food, litter and our high vet bill.”