‘Status’, a pre-loved luxury item store, in Aksarben Village was opened in 2020 by Christi Ballard.  Although it is new to Aksarben Village, it is not a new business to Christi. “It was not overnight. I have been selling pre-loved items while working [corporate] for 20 years. I was doing it on the side, so it has always been a love of mine.”

Bringing these pre-loved luxury items to the public and inviting them in to experience it was the vision. “A lot of these items are perceived as non attainable,” she says. There is a large inventory of items to choose from in-store and online. There is a sense of “personability” when a store like this is run by an individual who cares about community and fashion.  “[Another goal is] to give different options so that these items can be obtained so [the community] can go to the store to touch them, feel them, and try them on.”

Ballard did not imagine the gratuitous amount of public support. “There was such a positive response… I am excited to be a trusted source for authentic preloved luxury for Omaha and surrounding cities.” This trust was created not because of Ballard’s fashionable eye, but for her understanding of each and every product. “These are tangible investments and [they] cater to lifestyle needs.”

This opportunity can help bridge the unnecessary gap between desire and obtainability of luxury items. “I am happy to be a resource and to create that space for others.” Christi’s overall goal for ‘Status’ is “to create awareness around sustainability when it comes to luxury goods and accessibility within the community.”

With bringing accessibility to the community, Status also offers other benefits. Status is able to authenticate items and bags in-store. There is also the offer for the semi-annual consignment event that allows individuals to come in and ‘Status’ would sell their bags for them. They get to come, sit, discuss the process and their hopes for the consignment. The first consignment event of the year has passed but the next will be in the fall. The semi-annual consignment dates are: October 1st – December 1st.

‘Status’ is located at 1917 S 67th St Suite 160, Omaha, NE 68106. The store is open Mondays through Saturdays 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Take a sneak peek and look on the website: https://www.mystatuslux.com

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