Kim Baltruchitis is owner and operator of Main Consignment in Plymouth. It specializes in women’s items, including clothes, shoes, purses and jewelry. It also offers children’s items. She opened the shop with the assistance of her husband, Michael, in January of 2015. Baltruchitis, 42, is a native of West Pittston and is a 1990 graduate of Wyoming Area High School. She has three children: Honor, 23, Anthony, 22, and Brianna, 8. They live in Courtdale.
What first made you want to get into the consignment business? My husband and I have some real estate properties, and when we looked at this property and were buying it, I half-jokingly said ‘I should open a consignment shop.’ I’ve always shopped consignment. I love the idea of consignment. It was almost a joke when I said it, but he looked at me and said ‘Why don’t you?’
What do you enjoy about it? I like the community. I like Plymouth a lot. We’ve been getting so much feedback from everybody here. Plymouth is very proud of their town, and everybody has been really great. I like the idea of consignment, because I feel like it’s almost helping the environment by giving clothes another chance instead of ending up in the landfill. A lot of people just throw stuff away. We’ve had a lot of people that have visited us and revisited us. There’s always new inventory.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time? Hot Yoga. Any chance I get, I like to do yoga. But obviously family is first. I have a store manager, Nikki, and she takes care of the store for me while I can tend to other things. She’s an important, vital person at the store and everyone has really come to know her face.
Favorite music? Sting. Sting has always been my favorite. And the Counting Crows. Those are my top two. But it ranges. I love Jay Z. I love Beethoven. More recently, Imagine Dragons and Passenger. I love music in general, so I’ll listen to everything.
Favorite color? Black. And pink.
Pets? We have a German Shepherd, Marla.
Favorite food? Italian. I’m Italian, and I grew up with my grandmother making homemade sauce and meatballs. And probably my husband’s homemade wing bites. He has this sauce that’s amazing.
Favorite city? We do a lot of traveling, but if I had to pick a city that would have it all, it would be Boston. I also love Nashville, for the music. I’m also a big country music fan. I just lost my dad two years ago, and he always played in country bands, so he was a big inspiration for my love of country. In Nashville, I wished he was there, because he always wanted to be there, and he never got the chance, so me being there – I know he was there.
Favorite vacation spot? I love beaches. But this summer we were in Savannah and we loved it.
Favorite thing about NEPA? The mountains in the fall. And I like the summer. When it rains in the summer, I like the smell. If you travel, you have more of an appreciation for our area. We went to the Adirondacks, and we looked around, and we said ‘We have this. We have all of this.’ You kind of take for granted how beautiful it is here.
Favorite holiday? Halloween.
Favorite TV show? “The Walking Dead.”
Favorite movie? “Great Expectations.”
Favorite quote? There are two. If people ask me for advice, I say ‘You have to love yourself first.’ That way, you know what you deserve. And I think people have a big problem with that – loving themselves and accepting themselves. I try to teach my daughter that. Hold yourself in that regard, and you won’t expect anything less from anybody else. And then there was one thing that my dad always used to say: ‘Be grateful. You’re complaining that you don’t have any shoes. Then you meet someone that doesn’t have any feet.’ Somebody always has it a little bit worse, so wake up and be grateful that you’re breathing.
Favorite book? “The Four Agreements” by Don Miguel Ruiz.
Most influential people on your life? Anything of importance that I needed to know, especially with parenting, I learned from my Aunt Charlene. She’s been a great source of knowledge. And my 11th grade English Lit teacher, Mr. Capitano, taught me to give myself more credit. I never credited myself enough for things, so he kind of forced me to do that a little bit. And my husband. We’ve been through a lot since we met each other, and people that know us know how far we’ve come since we met each other. Because of him, I feel all of my dreams have been realized.
Alan K. Stout is a regular contributor to Weekender. In addition to the MEET feature, he also write about the NEPA music scene.
MEET is a new feature in Weekender that profiles local people from throughout NEPA.