This Saturday, August 29th, the Repeat Boutique will hold a special sale to celebrate its 70th birthday, bringing in many new items donated from local companies in addition to their large stock of gently used merchandise. The thrift shop has been operated since the early 1940s by the Junior League of Memphis (JLM), one of the largest volunteer groups in the Mid-South. Aligning with the mission of the JLM to improve the Memphis community, the Repeat Boutique offers affordable clothing and housewares and reinvests the proceeds from their sales into services, projects, and programs that impact the community.
“I witnessed the dual mission of the Repeat Boutique firsthand during my first-ever volunteer shift at the store. As I was straightening up a clothes rack, a customer came up to me and shared that she was starting a brand new job at an office and needed help putting together some business professional outfits. What a fun time we had talking about her new job, how hard she had worked to get the opportunity, and we found some great bargains that made her feel like a million bucks and ready to take the professional world by storm! The funds the JLM raises through the Repeat Boutique are so critical to our work in the community, but the quality merchandise at affordable prices are also a great service to our customers and patrons. It’s truly a win-win.”
- Amy Stack, JLM President, about her experience with Repeat Boutique
The Repeat Boutique prides itself in this level of customer service. “It’s more than a thrift shop. It's a place to enjoy shopping,” says Jackie Jefferson, the boutique assistant manager, who helps make sure customers enjoy their experience. She and Gracie Tuten, boutique manager, has been there for over 10 years. Whether it’s helping pull together special items or alerting customers on that one item they've been searching for has arrived.
The regular stock includes gently used clothing, shoes and accessories for all ages; small home furnishings; housewares; and children’s items. Some of the women's items vary from casual wear to formal wear including wedding dresses. For the sidewalk sale, IO Metro has donated new furniture including sectionals, occasional chairs and dressers. In the photos here, some of the new clothing pieces saved for tomorrow are fall jackets, sweaters, and jewelry.
Sale starts at 10 a.m. Find them at 3586 Summer Avenue.
Anniversary Sidewalk Sale: this Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Regular store hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Special thanks to boutique assistant manager Jackie Jefferson for the product displays and regular customer Angela Davidson for modeling the pieces shown here.