PeeblesMADISONVILLE, Ky. (12/10/18) — GenX and boomers are apparently all about deals on name brand, secondhand clothing around Hopkins County that also benefits a good cause.

Because of the high volume of online consignment shopping and area donations, Madisonville’s Stage store was chosen to become the first regional thredUP retail location at Peebles in Parkway Plaza Mall, Stage Stores spokeswoman Kristen Whitman said.

The sales help Girls Inc., a nonprofit that inspires young women to be strong, smart and bold through direct service and advocacy. For every donation cleanout bag received from Peebles guests, thredUP makes a donation on givers’ behalf to Girls Inc.

Customers receive a tax receipt within a week of sending clothing donations, store managers said. The items are tagged with special bar codes. The merchandise pieces are non-returnable, but can be exchanged at the store.

People visiting the online retailer or in person at the Madisonville location can send in the gently used items in specially designated, pre-labeled shipping bags.

Traffic on the website has shown the items are popular in the area, local store workers said. Kits are available for donors to ship name-brand, clean and undamaged clothing, or the clean out bags can be dropped off in person.

“It takes a skilled shopper,” Peebles store manager Bob Mobley said. “It’s one of the most popular consignment shops online,” which prompted the opening in Madisonville, where people can actually see and touch the merchandise available.

There are brands like J. Crew, H and M, Zara, Banana Republic, Gap and other sought-out fashions available in the designated clothing area at the mall store.

“It’s been fairly well received out of the stores,” Mobley said. “Most of the merchandise is in the $25 range.”

Out of 25 stores partnered with thredUP, the Madisonville location ranked No. 3 the first week, Mobley said. The company operates 800 stores nationwide.

Sara Whitaker Reese, cosmetic business manager, had a hand in getting the consignment clothing department set up. She mentioned the younger generation is really into second-hand or vintage clothing, because of the one-of-a kind selections.

“I touch nearly every piece that comes in,” Reese said. “It’s interesting. When you get the box, you don’t know what’s in it.”

The retail section opened six weeks ago in the mall at 455 Madison Square Drive.

“People in Madisonville really like this,” Mobley said. “Clean out bags are available at the store.”

ThredUP is the world’s largest online consignment and thrift store, where consumers can buy and sell high-quality secondhand clothes. It is part of a larger, circular economy movement, which encourages consumers to live in a more collective, sharing economy. For more information, visit www.thredUP.com.

Doreen Dennis
SurfKY News Director
Region 2
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