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edisto treasures 2Walterboro resident Judy Dudley drives back and forth from Walterboro to Edisto Beach on almost a daily basis. She is not lying out in the sun or going swimming, however; she is running her business.

Judy owns and operates Edisto Treasures and Consignments, located at 114 Jungle Road in the Palmetto Plaza. “It’s a retail and consignment store, and May 18 was our one-year anniversary.” She added that her business is the only retail and consignment store on Edisto Island.

She said that, when she gets things she doesn’t think they will ever use or sell, she donates them to a good cause. “I give everything we can’t use to Habitat for Humanity in Walterboro, not Charleston,” Judy pointed out.

She called her shop a “one of a kind. We do buyouts, where we’ll have a department store or other type of business call us, and we buy that facility out, and sell the items at low prices. Then there’s the consignment part of the shop. It’s all mixed together.” She added she also buys out entire residences, and most of those items never even make it into her shop. “We have a list of people, and we ask them if they want it. They usually do.”

Karen Blizzard of Kingsport, Tennessee, browses amongst the items in the store.  Photos by Rick Tobin

Karen Blizzard of Kingsport, Tennessee, browses amongst the items in the store.
Photos by Rick Tobin

“We sell everything from toothbrushes to brand new underwear. You wouldn’t believe what people forget when they come to the beach.” Judy added that she allows people to use the restrooms within her business, which is something that all stores do. “We let them use both of our bathrooms, but they must leave some change, usually a dollar, in the jars on the front counter. One of the jars is to benefit Animal Lovers of Edisto (ALOE) or Edisto Spay or Neuter. Don’t you just love that idea?”

Judy noted her store sells a little bit of everything. “We carry all kinds of clothing, Clemson, Gamecock and Georgia university memorabilia, and our spiker cups (these cups have long spikes on the bottom, so that drinks can be stuck into the sand to keep them in place and avoid spillage). They are only $12 apiece; but, if you want them monogrammed, it’s a dollar extra.” Judy added that she sells plates, original paintings, and even had a shotgun case and pistol holster for sale. “We have just a little bit of everything.”

Judy once owned Walls and Colors in Oswald Square in Walterboro.”We owned that business for at least a decade, and we got to know many, many people by doing things such as hanging wallpaper, and helping people pick out things that they needed.”

When Judy sold the business in Walterboro, she started working with the Atwood Agency at the beach. “I went to work with the Atwood Agency when Mark Steedley was the owner. I worked there until he sold it, and that’s why I know so many homeowners here. With the blessing of God, homeowners, and tourists, this business has been a huge success.”

Judy said she runs the store by herself, but her daughter, Emily McKay, sometimes helps. “She helps me out when she’s not in school. During the summer months, Edisto Treasures and Consignment is open seven days per week. We’re open from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m., Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. until 9 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays. On Sundays, we play it by ear, and our hours depend on whether we’re busy or not.”

She added that she carries many items made or found on Edisto Beach. “We get a lot of Edisto stuff. One girl finds old wood and paints pictures on them. An older woman walks the beach regularly, and collects shells. She brings these to us so that we can sell Edisto shells, instead of shells brought to the beach and sold.”

Judy added, however, you just don’t know what exactly will sell in the store. “We had a wiry-looking thing, and we couldn’t figure out what it was. We put a sign on it that read,” We don’t know that this is, for sale at $16.99’. A tourist bought it because of the sign. Who would have thought that?”

The shop is also pet-friendly. Dogs are allowed inside. “We even have bowls of water placed on the floor for them to drink from. We have fun in here, we really do! We put Kenny Rogers on the sound system, and, if the customer will sing along, they get a discount. And they do sing! That’s what counts, because you always want them to come back!” For more information about Edisto Treasures and Consignments, call (843) 869-4044.