Hold the Press Releases, Suz!
Plus-size consignment stores - sorely needed! I've been in many consignment shops, and the first size that's gone? The one I need! LOL. I gave up trying. I would have loved to have a place to consign all of my old clothing, and to find new-to-me threads! I would love to know the the clothes were going to someone who really needed them, especially for our rapidly shrinking community! Kudos to these ladies for starting up this business.
The Shrinking Closet in Avon, which opened Saturday, Aug. 1, is the first consignment store in Massachusetts to sell exclusively plus-size womenâs fashions, size 12 to 34. The business is owned by Diane Lobel of Randolph and Donna Lucier of Weymouth.
âBefore opening the store, I Googled âplus size consignmentâ and found six or seven stores in the United States and Canada,â Lucier said. âSome of them have grown into 10,000-square-foot warehouse-size stores. But none of them are on the East coast.â
Two thirds of the U.S. population is overweight or obese, so thereâs definitely a need for plus-size consignment. And when you consider the needs of people who are losing weight rapidly after gastric bypass or lap- band surgery, the demand is even greater, said Lobel, speaking from personal experience.
Lobel has lost 50 pounds since her lap-band surgery in January. Thatâs the good news.
The bad news is that she had to replace her wardrobe several times as she dropped three sizes, spending more than $1,000 in six months. Most department stores and consignment shops donât carry the largest plus sizes, 28 to 34, she said, so she had to pay top dollar at specialty shops or order from plus-size catalogs.
âThere was nothing for me to buy in consignment shops,â Lobel said. âEither the sizes were too small or the clothing was too fancy. I didnât want to buy a party dress. I wanted office attire and T-shirts, sweaters and nightgowns.â
Old Navy has put all the fat chick clothes on clearance, because they're discontinuing carrying it in the stores. Run, do not walk, to Old Navy. Now. Who cares - it's cheap clothes! You can still buy stuff online, for sizes 14-26W.
"Are we to assume that the Old Navy merchandising teams had a meeting and they all said, yo dooooodes, let's institute a NO FAT CHICKS policy at all our stores! Who cares how much profit we've been making off those cows, who wants to look at 'em? They're not friends with enough hot babes and we need more hot babes in the store. So let's axe the fat chicks clothes and go have lunch at HOOTER'S! YEAH!!!!
I love all the "research" and "proof" people are claiming to produce, as if they KNOW for sure that Old Navy did not do any research at all, did no number crunching. They just decided that they hated fat chicks more than they loved money so they decided that as part of a publicly-traded company, they'd knowingly get themselves in DEEP poop with their shareholders by eliminating a profitable clothing line. And never have to answer to those shareholders or the Board of Directors of the Gap who have either no clue what's going on at Old Navy or they just bought everybody the next round of pitchers at Hooter's.
And it's all for spite and about being MEAN. Uh-huh."