Window Shopping: Go Figure

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

When the opportunity to open a Short North business arose in February, it didn't take long for Sherri Brunner to come up with a concept.

As a Downtown dweller and Short North shopper who's also a "bigger gal," she had always hoped for a local clothing store where she could peruse things in her own size.

And she was just as quick at bringing her full-figure consignment store to life. Go Figure Consignment opened at the beginning of April, with racks full of size-12-and-up clothing for occasions ranging from getting married to lounging around.

"I think it's always something people think about, when you can't go into the store and buy a top in 99 percent of the shops down here," Brunner said.

The store has met with quite a response, Brunner said - even before its grand-opening celebration during Gallery Hop next Saturday.

She'll be adding even more spring dresses and tops for the grand opening. At Go Figure, merchandise will match the calendar, rather than looking ahead a season, she said.

"I like to be in the moment and sell what you can wear on the streets," Brunner said. "I even had someone come in and buy a dress and leave in it."

It's clear from looking around the store that quality is key, and there's a wide range of goods to suit all sorts of styles and ages.

"Everyone has different body types," Brunner said. "That's what's so interesting about being full-figured - what looks horrible on me might look great on somebody else."

She's picky for the sake of her shoppers, requesting that consignment items be new or only very gently worn. Items can be brought in for consignment by appointment.

Name brands include Banana Republic and Saks Fifth Avenue as well as Lane Bryant and Mossimo for Target. And some local designers have gotten in touch about selling their pieces through the store, Brunner said.

Blue Star Jewelry bracelet designs by local artist Bailey McKenzie are already displayed in the jewelry counter, adding to a selection of necklaces, sunglasses and flower brooches. Bags of all shapes and sizes - no two are the same - sit on an adjacent wall full of shelves, and in the back are shoes ranging from flats and Chucks to black strappy sandals.

Brunner will use her white walls as a rotating art gallery - Central Ohio watercolor artist Kevin Collander will be on display for May - and she hopes to eventually host fashion shows.

Go Figure Consignment

988 N. High St., Short North



Hours: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 12-5 p.m. Saturday