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I browsed, and surreptitiously watched, as my garments were methodically scanned twice. Clothes Mentor stores are to reject anything past the imposed, three year manufacturing cutoff date easily found in THE BIG GREEN BINDER. Their website cites ten stores from as far away as Virginia to one hugging Franklin Mills.
On my fourth visit I brought some of my own clothing to experience, first hand, what it’s like being a ‘buyer.’ Gracious, professional, well-dressed, saleswomen removed any possible sense of rejection. Legions of female employees, heads down, purposeful, were constantly straightening, pushing carts and clothing racks, lugging arms full of goods, to and fro and monitoring dressing rooms.
Hsiu-Chin "Linda" Lin will serve 7½ to 20 years in state prison under a guilty plea negotiated for the third-degree murder of 67-year-old Chien-Kuo Lin. Mc Mahon Jr., called the agreement "an excellent resolution for my client in a case that was very, very difficult." The case had been scheduled to go to trial in Norristown next week before Judge William R. If convicted of first-degree murder, Lin would have been sentenced to life in prison.
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309, or any other major American suburban sprawl shopping strip for that matter, and, like me, zone out, as the all too predictable corporate logos flash by? Clothes Mentor, located at 782 Bethlehem Pike in North Wales, is part of a growing trend towards high-end, women’s secondhand clothing stores, hiding in plain sight. Step #1: Everything eyeballed, top to bottom, inside and out, looking for defects. A by-the-book-decision-making process resulting in thumbs up/thumbs down. My text arrived announcing completion of the inspection process. It’s the best of ‘Every Mall USA’, laid out before you, resplendent. Another mass merchant, but with a different secondhand business model. Value Stores (some locations also use the name Village Thrift), is the ultimate supermarket size family thrift store dominating (yet another) strip mall, this time at Montgomery Commons at 1200 Welsh Road, North Wales. This location could have a high return on investment, located right next to this regional factory outlet blockbuster.
In accordance with Merchandising 101, they’ve successfully challenged any latent, consumer perception of ‘the yuck factor’ still associated by some with buying secondhand. No ‘Second This’ or ‘Thrift That.’ And this particular franchise owner strategically located this particular Clothes Mentor next door to a DSW for added mainstream camouflage. Step #2: Labels cross checked against the pages of a thick three-ring binder print out of all clothing manufacturer labels. But it’s one that also, inadvertently or intentionally (and unfortunately), excludes any quirky, vintage, or timeless fashion. I returned to the counter to close the sale on two of my items: a coat and blouse. TIP: Cash (in your hot little hand) buys slightly less than store credit. All at 75 percent off (give or take), seven days a week. Big and bright, clean, efficient and relentlessly well organized, I could, and did spend hours wandering, examining the contents of shelf after shelf of unendingly useful clothing and household items. And so did I after my second, undercover trip to this regional chain of secondhand thrift stores selling everything and anything since 1959. Scope out the section set aside for higher end merchandise. TIP: Just what do Franklin Mills outlet shops do with unsold, end of the retail line merchandise? TIP: Men buy less, hold on to it longer, wear it out.
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