CLOTHES MENTOR: Spartanburg is the Third Store for Cherneys

Check out an article about Clothes Mentor Spartanburg, which is the third store for Bill and Sadie Cherney in South Carolina:

Bill and Sadie Cherney are owners of Clothes Mentor, a women's resale shop located at 1450 W.O. Ezell Blvd. in Spartanburg. Photo courtesy Tim Kimzey/
Bill and Sadie Cherney are owners of Clothes Mentor, a women’s resale shop located at 1450 W.O. Ezell Blvd. in Spartanburg. Photo courtesy Tim Kimzey/[email protected]

Sadie and Bill Cherney own three Clothes Mentor franchises, with locations in Greenville, Columbia and — as of Jan. 7 — Spartanburg. The Spartanburg location of the high-end women’s resale shop, 1450 W.O. Ezell Blvd., is currently adding inventory from local sellers. Sometime in March, the store will open to customers looking to buy gently-used designer clothes, shoes and jewelry. The business has also established a partnership with Miracle Hill thrift store, which will take clothing the store doesn’t buy so women who need it can find it easily at a cheap price.

Following in family footsteps

Sadie: My parents were in resale before. (Bill and I) were living in Las Vegas. We knew that we wanted to be on the East Coast. We love the Upstate, and we knew we wanted to be in the Upstate. We heard about this concept and felt like it was a really great fit and that it would fill a need. So, we opened our store in Greenville, and that was in May of 2013.

Fashion forward

Sadie: We sell women’s high-end resale. We try to fit every woman. We do sizes 0 through 26. We do maternity, petite, athletic wear. Women can sell items for cash on the spot, which is convenient and easy. Then, other women are able to reuse those items, give them a purpose and restyle them. There’s something really awesome about providing someone with clothing they wouldn’t otherwise have access to. We believe a lot in quality, and that wearing quality garments that can last for a long time doesn’t have to be expensive.

The entrepreneurial bug

Sadie: I’ve always had an entrepreneurial bug. Bill is so good with people. We knew we wanted a franchise. We wanted the structure of a franchise and the support of a franchise. This lets us both kind of showcase what we’re good at.

Bill: Women’s fashion isn’t a forte of mine. But, I’ve taught for over 10 years. I taught at Greer High School for four years. Working in a field that’s primarily populated with women is not new to me. While I’m not an expert on the fashion side of the business, I enjoy learning about it.

The buying process

Sadie: Right now, we’re in a buying process. That usually takes about 8 to 10 weeks, where we amass the inventory from our local sellers, the individuals who sell to us. Then, we’ll have a huge grand opening. We have a soft target date, but we’re not 100 percent sure. Definitely hoping for March.

Small business success

Sadie: Sometimes, with a small business, people get hung up on the ways you can’t compete with a big box (retailer), but at the end of the day, as a small business, you’re mobile and connected to the people that help you and work with you. I know it makes our jobs much more fulfilling, and I hope it does the same for our staff.

Getting ready to open

Sadie: Oh my gosh, our grand openings are bananas. Both of the openings have had easily over 100 people in line. They get there at, like, 4 a.m. We’ll bring them coffee and doughnuts. It’s crazy. It’s nonstop for 12 hours. It’s awesome because it’s like this big party to celebrate everything we worked to build, and a frantic after-party to get everything back out on the floor. In March, if we have that crazy grand opening, we will have merchandise to serve our customers. So that way, in the following day and week and month, they’ll still have fresh product.

Bill: We always try to put out hundreds of new items every day in all of our locations. We want people to come back and be excited about what they’re going to see and what they’re going to find.

Written by Zach Fox for

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