Hear Local community Companies launches boutique at Lebanon thrift retail store location

The boutique opened on Jan. 18, sparking combined reactions from consumers. by Lauren Azrin |…

The boutique opened on Jan. 18, sparking combined reactions from consumers.

by Lauren Azrin
| 2/1/22 5:00am

On Jan. 15, Pay attention Community Products and services, a secondhand keep chain that utilizes its proceeds for local community assignments, declared on Fb that it would be opening up a boutique area in their Lebanon thrift retail store location on Jan. 18. According to the publish, the room will function as a way for more high-priced outfits to be concentrated in 1 space.

“Our main mission is to supply a room in which inexpensive garments is offered for anyone in the Upper Valley,” the put up mentioned. “However, we’ve listened to from some people that they’d like to see a area where some of our higher good quality, a lot more high priced garments can be noticed jointly.”

This selection has prompted blended reactions from consumers. Regular shopper Sarah Stewart, a Hanover resident and nonprofit fundraising guide, reported she thinks the boutique opening was a excellent move on Listen’s part because she thinks it will crank out a lot more income to fund  community do the job.

“Their most important mission is not the thrift retailer,” Stewart claimed. “That’s one particular of the techniques that they pay back for their real perform, which is supplying out heating subsidies and housing subsidies, and jogging a food items pantry and executing group meals.”

In accordance to a recent Valley News article, Pay attention allocates $1.25 million a 12 months to operate its social support packages — all over 25% of the profits of their three distinctive thrift retail outlet spots in Lebanon, White River Junction and Canaan.

In accordance to Stewart, a different benefit of the boutique is its potential favourable environmental affect, citing water use and squander developed by the style industry. Stewart hopes the boutique may attract additional individuals to Pay attention, increasing sustainable trend buys. 

“If the boutique encourages individuals who would usually continue to be absent [from Listen] since they feel it is junky to in fact go in and purchase things 2nd hand, I assume that is brilliant,” she mentioned.

Stewart pointed out that many men and women who shop at thrift shops are resellers who buy objects at lower selling prices just to offer them online at larger types.

“This retains much more of the revenue for Hear,” she explained.

Even so, other people reported that they believe Hear must not be making use of higher selling prices to provide donated outfits.

Tess Bowler ’25 mentioned that she feels that obtaining a boutique offers Listen’s designation as a thrift retail outlet an inaccurate label. 

“The core price of a thrift store is not usually to make a earnings,” she reported. “It’s to market secondhand garments to men and women who likely can’t afford to pay for it.”

Joann Kwolek Dundas, a regular Hear shopper and longtime assistant manager of several Salvation Army thrift merchants, said she is a supporter of the boutique.

“It surely can work,” she said. “It all depends on how they price tag matters. You know, it’s a thrift store, and it is supposed to assistance folks that aren’t able of paying out the greater rates, so maybe they must just keep costs in the center somewhere.”

Dundas extra that if pricing is far too significant, the merchandise won’t market in the normal thrift store circulation, so she thinks that getting a area “more suited” for specified forms of clothes will be practical.

“They know their client base, or they should, so they should really be in a position to really considerably gauge what they can sell some thing for,” she explained, introducing, “I believe the boutique could be a seriously good factor.”

Pay attention administration did not reply to requests for remark sent to the keep electronic mail. 

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