Photo by Valerie Baldowski
Store employee, Ashley Stone, inspects the college football paraphernalia items for sale at Stacy's Closet. The store also sells gently used clothing.
By Valerie Baldowski
Tekeya Allen and Christian Dillard stood at the counter of Stacy's Closet and chatted amiably with the cashier as she rung up the clothes Dillard purchased at the store.
Stacy's Closet, located at 16 Macon St., on the McDonough Square, celebrated its grand opening Saturday. The store sells gently used, brand-name clothing.
Allen and Dillard, who are sister and brother, were on The Square Friday, and spotted the store. They were among the first customers to stop in and buy merchandise before it officially opened.
"Me and my brother were actually just strolling," said Allen, of Jackson. "We were at the bookstore around the corner, and they were gone for lunch, so we just started strolling," she said. "I looked in the window [of Stacy's Closet] and saw an Aeropostale shirt, and I was like, 'Let's go in there.'"
Allen said she plans to return later and shop for herself and her family. "I told them I'll have to come back and bring my son, because he's going to love it," she said.
Dillard, of Hampton, bought black denim jeans and a belt, in addition to a new shirt. He said he likes the concept of the store. "I thought it was great, that they have well-priced, gently used clothes," said Dillard.
He said he has no particular styles or brand-name labels he looks for when shopping for clothes. "I really don't have a favorite type of brand. I just wear what's most comfortable for me," Dillard added. "The person makes the clothes, so I want to be fresh in whatever I wear."
Terri Painter, of McDonough, also came in Friday for a sneak peek at the store, she bought a "Coach" pocketbook. "I saw a lot of selections of clothes in here, and accessories," said Painter.
What differentiates Stacy's Closet from other clothing stores is its style, with bright colors painted on the walls, bold patterns on the curtains to the changing rooms, and the selection of clothing on display, she said.
"It's name-brand clothes that are affordable," said Painter. "Not everybody has [the money] where they can go to the mall, and spend $100 on a pair of pants," she said.
"You can come into a place like this, and spend not as much, and you're probably going to get the same pair of pants that you would have spent $100 for, and they were probably only worn one time."
The shop is in a prime location, said store owner, Stacy Yates. "For what I wanted to do, I felt like it was a perfect spot," said Yates. "I looked from one end of Locust Grove to the other end of McDonough, trying to find the right location for my concept. It just so happened this space became available at the right time."
Her concept, she said, stemmed from a wardrobe problem. "Basically, I had lost a lot of weight, and couldn't wear any of the clothes in my closet," she said. "I was going to bag [them] up and give them to Goodwill, which is what I usually do, and then I had no money to buy new clothes, so I thought, well, I'll sell my clothes.
"Then I thought, well, if I'm going to sell my clothes and I'm having this issue, how many other people have changed their [clothing] styles, or their size, and want a different style?" asked Yates.
The idea, she added, is to provide a retail outlet for pre-teens through adults to sell their gently worn clothes to the store, for resale to customers.