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 women’s fashions, size 12 to 34. The business is owned by Diane Lobel of Randolph and Donna Lucier of Weymouth.
“Before opening the store, I Googled ‘plus size consignment’ and found six or seven stores in the United States and Canada,” Lucier said. “Some of them have grown into 10,000-square-foot warehouse-size stores. But none of them are on the East coast.”
Two thirds of the U.S. population is overweight or obese, so there’s 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. That’s 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 don’t 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.
“There was nothing for me to buy in consignment shops,” Lobel said. “Either the sizes were too small or the clothing was too fancy. I didn’t want to buy a party dress. I wanted office attire and T-shirts, sweaters and nightgowns.”