Local business owner Melissa Knape created Meme’s Treasures in 2003 as an online business reselling authentic, designer handbags. The store’s namesake comes from a childhood nickname. Today, you’ll find Melissa surrounded by a large collection of Louis Vuitton handbags in her storefront at 3108 Dixie Farm Road, Suite 109 in Pearland.
Melissa’s early roots in resale included scouting estate sales for furniture, kid’s items and household pieces. With the birth of her children, she needed to find items that were smaller and more portable allowing her to be based from home.
Living in College Station at the time, she quickly identified a market demand for authentic, designer pre-owned handbags. “When I first started my business, I used another service to authenticate the bags before we would sell them,” says Knape. During a 12-year process of selling and steadily handling the bags, Melissa began offering professional authentication services herself.
Many of the Louis Vuitton and Chanel handbags come from private clients who either want to retire a bag from their personal closet or may have received a bag that wasn’t their style choice. “At first, I had to look for handbags but now people approach us with more bags that we can purchase. We have so many requests to buy items from clients,” Knape added.
A loyal following
Melissa’s client base ranges from surrounding cities in the Houston area, the nearby states of Oklahoma and Louisiana plus California and New York. Meme’s Treasures takes pride in their customer following with many who became clients more than 10 years ago.
In fact, the opening of the storefront was born out of customer requests. Knape says, “We had a lot of requests from people to have a location to touch the bags and try them on. We weren’t looking to expand or necessarily open a store location.”
Melissa with husband Bryce settled on the current location only a mile from their Pearland residence. Hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Private after hour appointments are available with 24-hour notice. A fully refundable $50 deposit is required to reserve a 1-hour appointment for one-on-one shopping advice at the store.
Customer perks also include Meme’s guarantee buy-back and trade-in program as well as a popular layaway program. Shoppers will find a large collection of pre-owned Louis Vuitton and Chanel handbags at the 450-square-foot boutique in Pearland.
“When clients come in, they are super excited to have somewhere to see the bags in person. Not everyone that comes in buys on the first visit. Most clients come in 3 to 4 times, they feel more confident when they can try on the item before they buy and are happier with their purchase,” according to Knape.
3108 Dixie Farm Road, Suite 109
Pearland, TX 77581
Hours: Wednesday through Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.