I've always loved the Clothes Closet consignment shop on Willow Grove Avenue because the consigners are mostly affluent, fashion-conscious professionals who stick to prestigious labels and fine quality. This is where the Tippies and Muffies of Chestnut Hill consign last seasons cocktail dresses, Ann Taylor suits and Ralph Lauren casual wear. At below Target prices. Way below!
This past week brough my affection for the Clothes Closet to a new high, bordering on obsession. I had gone there looking for suitjackets to spark up my wardrobe. Taking meetings in my bathrobe and fuzzy slippers doesn't cut it anymore. Not only did I find three great jackets (Jones of New York, JH Collectibles and Talbot), but I scooped up a Kasper silk shirt that looks snazzy with a clip-on black silk tie I found in the men's dept, along with a pale lime Italian designer rain slicker with a cool toggle closing and a flawless vintage cashmere coat, circa 1957. Did I "need" the coats? No. Did I have to have them? Absolutely!
Every item was priced $5-16. I walked out of the shop with a huge armfull of high-end designer duds for less than I'd pay for a new blouse at the Mall. What made the experience so wonderful was the congeniality of the Clothes Closet staff - something often missing in other shops. So, if you dread going to the Mall for a holiday outfit or a gift for a fashionista on your list, check out the Clothes Closet. You won't be sorry and you'll have plenty left over in your checking account for a nice lunch on the Hill. Bring cash or a check. Clothes Closet doesn't take credit cards.