Career Wardrobe opens posh resale boutique

SPRING GARDEN - Sept. 16, 2009

"The clothing that you're seeing here at the boutique is more high-end clothing," explains Sheri Cole, Executive Director of The Career Wardrobe.

"It's really nice casual clothing, sport clothing, and also evening clothing, formalwear. It really runs the gamut."

The Wardrobe Boutique isn't what you might picture when you think of a charity-run resale shop. But, everything here is recycled. The clothing is used.The displays and mannequins were donated by the Eileen Fisher stores.

And money generated by sales here will support The Career Wardrobe, a non-profit that helps women enter the workforce.

On Saving with 6abc, we've reported on the Career Wardrobe's monthly sales of business attire.

They decided to open the Boutique to sell other kinds of clothes, which they had been donating outside organizations.

The Boutique will also serve as a training location.

"We'll have a cohort of women who are in a welfare-to-work training program who can come here to learn how to get the customer service skills they need to work at an Eileen Fisher or a Macy's or somewhere where they can get access to benefits, and full-time employment and really something to make them self-sufficient, " Cole explains.

For shoppers, the store will offer all sorts of bargains.

We found shoes from Stuart Weitzman and Marc Fisher for $25, a Bob Mackie gown for $40, blazers from Tahari and Escada for $30, and suits from Louis Feraud and St. John for $50.

And since the store is a donation center as well, the inventory will be constantly changing.

The Wardrobe Boutique is located at 1822 Spring Garden Street. Hours are Tuesday through Friday, 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturdays 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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