CLOTHES MENTOR: Clothes Mentor Opens, Just Buying for Time Being

A new store opening in Ohio may be just buying for the time being, but once they’re stocked – which won’t take too long – there will be some fantastic buys for women in designer apparel, shoes, and accessories in the area. Source: Thisweeknews

Ladies could make a few extra dollars by selling their gently used clothing and accessories to Clothes Mentor, an upscale resale store for women that opened April 18 at 5566 N. Hamilton Road in Gahanna’s New Albany Plaza, just south of state Route 161.

This marks the fourth Clothes Mentor location in central Ohio for the popular nationally franchised women’s-apparel chain. Other central Ohio locations are on South State Street in Westerville, on Frantz Road in Dublin and on Henderson Road in Upper Arlington.

“As with our first location on the east side of Columbus, we look forward to introducing Clothes Mentor’s fabulous style, value and customer service to the residents of Gahanna and New Albany,” said Susan Riley, Clothes Mentor vice president of operations.

Company marketing director Samantha Parrish said the Gahanna store is the farthest east the chain has gone.

“The Gahanna and New Albany area is growing, so it seemed like a good fit for us,” she said.

The Gahanna location is open to buy merchandise from customers to stock the new store, but it isn’t expected to sell items until late June or early July, depending on when the store has enough inventory.

“A lot of people make room for new stuff when the seasons change,” Parrish said. “If people are losing weight, have a new job or anything that would warrant a life change is where we get our new stuff.”

Clothes Mentor carries most sizes, from petite up to size 26, including maternity apparel.

“Everything on our racks is what people bring to us,” Parrish said. “We have the better brands. Sometimes we get brand-new items with tags.”

The Dublin-based Clothes Mentor is known more for its paying “cash-on-the spot” philosophy to customers who sell gently used, brand-name women’s clothing, shoes, handbags and accessories to the store.

Some of the brands are Banana Republic, Dockers, Dooney & Bourke, Christian Dior, Cj Banks, Clarks, Coach, Croft & Barrow and Keds.

“Generally, all our prices are up to 70 percent below retail prices,” Parrish said.

Clothes Mentor is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.

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