For those of you interested in saving money on clothes without sacrificing fashion, there's a new place to hunt for one-of-a-kind bargains.
My Girlfriend's Closet, already a popular resale destination in downtown Apex, has opened a new shop in downtown Cary.
My Girlfriend's Closet Boutique opened today (Thursday) in an 1,800-square-foot space at 100 Parkthrough St., said Lois Cozart, who owns both shops, along with a small retail space in Wilmington.
Cozart, 55, of Raleigh, is partnering with her daughter, Ashley Hendricks, 24, on the new Cary location, hoping to duplicate the success of the Apex shop, which has been open for seven years.
Both the Apex and Cary shops carry a full range of women's accessories and clothing in sizes extra small through plus sizes. The Apex store also carries junior clothes, while the Cary store is venturing into maternity fashions.
Cozart said shoppers will find everything from designer brands to Target fashions. Among the brands currently in stock: Nanette Lepore, DVF, Tory Burch, Marc Jacobs, Juicy Couture and Lily Pulitzer.
Consignment shops across the country have done well in the struggling economy, but Cozart said she attributes her success to more than just cheaper prices.
"Everybody always says it's the economy but honestly I think it's the way we do it," she said. "We try to treat people special," she said, with a "fun and inviting environment."
"Of course, customers do love great prices and getting a deal but they can get that anywhere," Cozart said, citing discount retailers such as T.J.Maxx and Steinmart.
The Cary store's grand opening will be 5 to 8 p.m. June 28. Spa treatments, food, special discounts and goodie bags are among planned festivities.
The new Cary shop's hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays.
Be sure to check out both stores' Facebook pages for pictures of current merchandise, sales, special discounts and giveaways.
I've long been a fan of consignment shops and thrift stores. Not only are they easier on the wallet but they're easier on the planet. Buying used means you aren't adding to that steady stream of packaging to the landfill.
Are you a fan of consignment stores and/or thrift shops? If so, which ones are you favorites? Do you shop to save? Or do you shop to help save the planet?
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