KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Doing what everyone else is doing is so not Gloria Everhart's style. The 90-year-old is finally retiring, and her customers say they don't want her to leave. Everhart says after more than 50 years of hard work, it's time to hang up her Burberry hat.
She says there's a difference between style and fashion, and Gloria Everhart has style.
"Style is what you want to create- that's yours. No one can take that from you, not in a million years," she said.
Everheart started more than 50 years ago, selling clothes on consignment, but her dream of being a business owner started 82 years ago.
"I think I was about 8 years old. Isn't that crazy?" said Everhart laughing.
She was a girl who lived through the Great Depression, and worked in ritzy clothing stores, and started selling clothes out of her home much to others' dismay.
"The friends I had didn't approve of what I was doing.” She said. “You know we were really fighting a glass ceiling, and we still are to a point, but I never let that stop me."
The mother of five says it took hard work, a willingness to keep learning, and a lot of spunk to grow her business.
"I'm not a Second Hand Rose, I'm a fashion person," she said.
While high-end fashion is what people buy at Act II consignment, that's not really why they come back.
They come back to see Apollo, the shop's affectionate Boxer and to be greeted by the warmth and honesty of Gloria and her staff.
"It's just fun meeting people, and I adore people," Everhart said.
No one has bought the Act II business yet, but Gloria would love to find the right person to sell it to. The store closes on Wednesday.
If she doesn't sell everything, she'll give it to people getting out of prison and looking to get back on their feet. She'll continue to exercise five times a week, play bridge, help out at church, and stay busy however she can.