My husband has adapted very well, with a general acceptance, to my endless string of crushes. These crushes range in subject from Jesse Pinkman to new TV shows (Orange is the New Black, anyone??) to an incredibly pretty shade of Urban Decay lipstick. Most recently, my fashion obsessions have been raging, finding exciting territory in StitchFix, maxi skirts and collectively, anything found in People Style Watch.
The only slightly sticky wicket of all my fascinations is that they cost money. Snap! It just feels like rocking out sweet styles should be a given freebie or something, right?
Mmhhh…sadly, looking gorgeous isn’t necessarily an easy no-cost-given on this earth. Enter Clothes Mentor. Self-advertised as “a huge walk-in closet for fashionable women”, I started swooning immediately upon learning of this local shop. I have long been in love with consignment and re-sale. The truth? I like brand-names and adorable stuff, but our still-paying-endless-school-debt/WAHM salary doesn’t allow for a lot of first-pass Kate Spade and Micheal Kors.
I like Kate Spade and Michael Kors.
So it was time for a Clothes Mentor-intervention. Could my budget really meet my high-brow taste?
I grabbed my friend Sara for the Christmas in July sale and we were off to discover the depths of money-saving/brand-name snagging glory at the West Chester location of Clothes Mentor.
I was wowed by how huge the store was and how very-filled the racks were. Throw in a brand-new Free People dress in my size? I was swooning. It wasn’t entirely pretty. When the Ann Taylor new-with-tags dress entered the scene, the drooling got rather intense.
This store was HUGE and packed to the gills with sweet finds. Moreover? The staff was so very friendly and helpful.
In Main Line suburbia, there are a boatload of excellent consignment shop finds, but the pleasure of uncovering a store that not only has so many nifty items but also excels in customer service? I’m a goner.
I have already scheduled my return to Clothes Mentor in my personal calendar and am counting down the days to my next visit. I’m also sort-of crushing on an adorable brown leather clutch I saw in the shop, but don’t tell my husband this; cool?
As the Clothes Mentor website says, “Clothes Mentor is a resale store like you’ve never seen before. At 70% off mall prices, we carry current women’s fashions in sizes 0-4x, plus athletic wear, petites and maternity–with thousands of better name-brand clothes under one roof. We also carry jewelry, handbags, shoes, wallets, belts and so much more! You’ll find a huge designer selection, from handbags to jewelry.”
Clothes Mentor is also a great place to sell any extra items you may have: “How do we build our fabulous inventory of like-new women’s fashions? By paying our customers CASH-on-the-spot all day, EVERY day for their items…We understand that life changes–so bring those fashions that no longer fit, whether they are the wrong size or just don’t fit your personality any more.”
Ready to try Clothes Mentor for yourself? Locally, they have shops in both West Chester and Springfield, but check out their shops nationally. And the owner of the local stores, Chris, is so very cool. She is offering one of my readers a free retail therapy party. What is a retail therapy party and why is it such a neat event?
Local shop owner Chris explains her philosophy, “Clothes Mentor is a store based on a community of women. Women who support each other and who empower each other—no matter how big your budget or how important your job, everyone is on a level playing field in our store and our team makes you feel like royalty even if you are not. Women do not spend enough time building each other up. We need a place to celebrate and throw “attaboys” at each other—with a high-five and a butt bump or two! Here is what the give-away of a retail therapy party for 6 or more includes:
- Appetizers and beverages of choice
- Personal stylist assigned to the party to help with outfit/clothing selection and to help with party set up. This stylist will support the entire party at the dressing rooms to make trying on clothes easier and will take photos to share with the hostess after the party.
- 20% discount for everyone who attends the party—but there is no requirement to shop or to buy, just come and have a fun evening out with girlfriends.
- If the party (at either the Springfield or West Chester store) is scheduled before September 1, the hostess also receives a $25 shopping credit to use during the party.”
I love the way this party is set-up as a way for women to celebrate each other and enjoy some fun with fashion! Are you also swayed? Ready to check out Clothes Mentor for yourself? Enter to win this retail therapy package! Pop in the Rafflecopter below.*
Another great reason to head to Clothes Mentor soon? Chris is also offering all my readers a 20% discount through September 1 if you mention “The Mom of the Year” at checkout!
Friends, when isn’t it time to update your wardrobe? Having some fun, new, affordable cool clothes and accessories is within reach. Go find your inner-fashionista at Clothes Mentor. Fall in love with a new item…or two or a bunch. I’ll be here cheering on all of your adventurous money-saving shopping from the comfort of my jazzy new leopard-print pants!
*E-mail addresses entered in Rafflecopter will be added to Clothes Mentor’s mailing list.
****Clothes Mentor has compensated me for reviewing their store, but my awe of their business remains 100% genuine!****