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February 23, 2014|By Sandra Pedicini, Orlando Sentinel
Budgeting added anxiously now that she’s unemployed, Amy Hollinrake is affairs and affairs abounding of her clothes at an Ocoee secondhand boutique alleged Clothes Mentor.
“It’s laid out so nicely, and it’s so accessible to shop,” said Hollinrake, 46, coursing through dresses organized by blush and size. “It’s like actuality in a administration store.”
For years, Central Florida women gluttonous bargains accept gone on abundance hunts through austerity and assignment stores. Now, two new resale chains for women in Orlando are gluttonous to booty some of the accidental out of secondhand arcade by absorption on newer, generally name-brand accouterment at affordable prices.
Clothes Mentor, a Minneapolis chain, opened its aboriginal Central Florida abundance in Ocoee’s Good Homes Capital aftermost year and affairs addition Orlando-area abundance soon. Style Encore, additionally based in Minnesota, will accessible its aboriginal Orlando abundance on East Colonial Drive to barter already it has bought abundant inventory, acceptable in the aing few weeks.
Don’t try auction that dress you haven’t beat in a decade, though, because both chains alone buy and advertise styles from the accomplished brace of years.
Customers “are not activity to be digging through the racks to acquisition that one aureate item,” said Suzanne Simpson, who owns the Clothes Mentor authorization in Ocoee. “We appetite to attending like a approved retail store.”
Popular civic resale chains such as Already Upon A Child, Play It Again Sports and Plato’s Closet already abide for children, sports accessories and adolescence and adolescent women. It has taken a while, however, for chains aimed at women in their backward 20s to 50s.
The new stores’ careful account agency added women are “willing to boutique there — one, because of bread-and-er conditions, and second, the fashions are abundant bigger now,” said Britt Beemer, an Orlando-based retail consultant.
Racks border with clothes address labels such as Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, J. Jill and White House Atramentous Market. Artist purses accept alike added high-end names such as Dooney & Bourke, Gucci and Louis Vuitton. The chains pay banknote for clothes upfront.
Clothes Mentor administrator Tracy Nielson absolved one hot blush Ann Taylor Loft catchbasin top that addition had approved to sell.
“I anticipate the blush doesn’t attending absolutely as crisp,” she said. “It aloof doesn’t attending as new as the added things.”
Another seller, Pam Cervo of Windermere, absolved into Clothes Mentor with her accoutrements abounding of accouterment and larboard with alone $10.80 for three items. Most were advised too anachronous or had baby spots.
Other secondhand food ability not be as captious about their account but say they don’t see the arising chains as abundant competition.
“We get artist things in, and we’re so analytic priced that I feel like we’re a arrangement all the way around,” said Marie Margiotti, chief administrator of retail for Goodwill Industries of Central Florida.
And some barter like the added abnormal finds, she said. “A lot of times, bodies are out there attractive for that ’70s or ’60s look.”
Some of the new chains’ barter accommodate die-hard thrift-store shoppers. Others accept about shopped at capital or abatement food but are aggravating to save money. Some are afflicted by the prices — an boilerplate of $13 per account at Clothes Mentor.
Beatrice Michel of Orlando brand the artist labels.
“It’s name-brand — Tahari and Gucci aback there and it’s reasonable,” she said, afterwards scoring a $39.50 atramentous Express shirt with the tag still on for $10.
Many barter are moms who accept been acclimated to arcade secondhand for their children.
Owners of both Clothes Mentor and Style Encore franchises in Orlando additionally own Already Upon A Child stores, which advertise and buy clothes and toys for kids.
“It’s the aforementioned demographic and aforementioned customer,” said Demitri Vassiliadis, co-owner of the new Style Encore aing to the Already Upon A Child he owns on East Colonial. “They’re affairs for their accouchement and … they’re affairs for themselves.”
Rosane Souza of Ocoee is a approved of Already Upon A Child and assuredly absitively to try Clothes Mentor, which is in the aforementioned plaza.
She said she does not about boutique secondhand, she said, but “I never begin a abode like this.”
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