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FAMILY 411: Glad Rags Boutique

There's no end to the number of ways you can shop for clothes online. But one smart mom turned shopping into a competition as a way to work from home with her young sons.

Lauren Barnes is always on top of the latest fashion trends.

Lauren is the founder of Glad Rags - her own online boutique - with a twist.

"There's a weekly sale I call Rag Reveals," she said. "Most women would describe it as a clothes competition."

That's right. Lauren's shoppers compete to buy eight to 10 fashion finds each week

"It's all done on Facebook," she said. "You join the group sale, the items are posted, you get a picture of the item, the sizing, the pricing, how it fits."

And women all over the country get the kids to bed on Thursday nights for the appointment at their computers.

Business has grown enough for Lauren to make a career of Glad Rags. She's also a stay at home mom to her sons Rowen and Remy.

Lauren wasn't sure it would work when she first launched Glad Rags, but her husband didn't doubt her.

"When I said I'm going to start a boutique on Facebook, he said, 'Okay, let's do it. I think it's a great idea.,'" she said.

Now she's not confined to the basement. Lauren sets up at flea markets and festivals to reach new customers. And she's working on getting even more mobile - restoring a vintage 1961 camper.

She says one day she may open a permanent location - maybe when Rowen and Remy are older, but for now she watches the hottest trends while she watches her boys grow up.

"It sounds so cliche, but it goes by so fast," she said.

Even Lauren admits it's scary at times, but it's fun and helps her to put family first.

"The best part is, I don't hate my job!" she said.

Lauren does all of the orders, packaging and shipping herself, even the website photography.

To access Glad Rags Boutique, visit https://www.facebook.com/lbgladrags?fref=ts.



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