By Summer Thornsberry
Cindy Killebrew, a mother of two, worked hard to get where she is in life and to maintain a stable home for her children, 20-year-old Hallie and 15-year-old Kyle. Killebrew is the owner of a well-known consignment shop called Sassystuff Consignment, also known as “The Pink Building.” For five years, Sassystuff has been a spot for locals to buy gently worn, name-brand clothing at affordable prices. Killebrew said starting a business wasn’t easy, but with lots of prayer and support from her mother, she’s now celebrating five years as an entrepreneur. She gives all credit and thanks to God.
How did you start your business?
When my daughter Hallie had a stroke, I found myself in a financial situation, I had only $5 in my pocket, $16 in the bank and a half tank of gas. I was clueless, so I prayed. I started selling my best friend’s daughter’s, as well as Hallie’s clothes out of our home garage. Before I knew it, I had opened a booth at Peddlers Mall, and it just kind of exploded.
I found myself expanding, getting two booths, and after that, I moved to Dawson Springs Road. Then, in December 2010, Sassystuff Consignment was established on Fort Campbell Boulevard.
What makes you proud to be a mother?
I love seeing how my children have learned from the experience I went through. I love seeing my kids pray about something when they’re feeling down or lost. I love seeing them grow and I love to see them love the Lord. They have both made me very proud.
What are some things you enjoy doing with your family?
We go out to dinner a lot. Kyle loves pancakes from Cracker Barrel.
What are some things you enjoy doing in your free time?
Besides running the store six days a week, I really like to just spend time with my family and friends. I love to go to yard sales, and I have took upon the habit of collecting old Bibles. Of course, I love going to church and shopping too.
What advice would you give a first-time mother?
Hmm, I would say to be their parent, not their friend. Cherish every moment you’re given, and always remember to pray because He is always there, no matter the circumstances.
Best part about being a business owner?
In my business, I get the chills when somebody tries something on and the excitement that they get from that. The simple fact when they come out of the dressing room, there’s a smile on their face.
Why did you decide to make the store so bright?
The pink walls and the fresh smell is for my customers that are having a bad day. I want them to walk into my store and let the brightness and the freshness brighten their day a little.
How has your business evolved over the past five years?
At the beginning, the goal was to put food on the table, but now I just want all of my customers to know that you don’t have to have something new to feel special. We also host a prayer night, open to the public, at 2 p.m. every Monday. Now, this isn’t my business, it’s God’s business.
Favorite local restaurant?
Hong Kong Garden. The owner there, I have known her for over 20 years. If I order the egg drop soup, she knows that either me or my mom are sick, so it’s kind of like a personal thing between us.
Last thing you bought for yourself?
A necklace at Gracious Me — Wait, no, actually, I’m doing a Bible study at my chuch, Calvary Memorial, and I wanted a better Bible. When I go in LifeWay, it overwhelms me, so I took Sandy Rodgers — she comes here and prays on Mondays — and literally, I sat in the floor and she brought me Bibles. So, I have to say I got me a new Bible.
Would you call yourself an extrovert?
I do not like being by myself at all. I am a social butterfly.
The last thing you thanked somebody for?
I thanked one of my friends for just being a friend to me. The person I can call no matter what.
What are your hobbies?
I love riding in my car and listening to the radio clearing my thoughts.
That one song you love to sing alone.
It used to be “Every Rose Has Its Thorn,” but now I’m into my church music.
Last movie you watched?
“War Room.” It’s an awesome movie. It’s very touching and it’s an eye-opener, especially if you’re married and there’s a lot of conflict, which I had that.
How has your life changed after divorce?
I have reached the point that my God is my lover. I’ve never had this relationship with God, never, but now it’s like God talks to me.
“Behold I make all things new,” Revelation 21:5.
When did you start collecting Bibles?
I used to collect pigs, but now I don’t even want to look at a pig. I was out junking with my best friend one day, and I came across this 1969 Bible. Now I have a slew of old Bibles.
What traits of yourself do you see in your children?
My daughter is a workaholic, and I was a workaholic at her age. My son is laid back, he goes with the flow — he looks just like me.
What would you tell someone who wants to open a business?
It’s not an easy task. I didn’t even know what I was getting into. Pray about it and ask God for guidance. Be yourself.
Sassystuff Consignment is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays. Sassystuff offers a variety of clothing for all ages and sizes. Every Wednesday, the store has a “bag sale,” where customers can fill a bag off the clearance racks and pay only $5.