A wonderful place to shop while supporting Children's Charities:
For ten years I have enjoyed shopping at a resale shop in the Montrose area ( 1203 Lovett Blvd.) run by the Charity Guild of Catholic Women. It is a spacious, clean shop with a great selection of merchandise (furniture, clothing, housewares). My husband & I enjoy visiting other resale shops when we travel to different states but none seem as nice to us as this one in our own town.
When my sister pays us her annual visit from CA, she always insists on a visit to Charity Guild. She has clothed four children with resale shopping so I consider her an expert. Two teacher friends visit the shop every August and buy their entire school wardrobe for the year from the boutique area in the shop.
My mother died this past June. We consigned her entire estate to Charity Guild and within weeks all but one item had sold. Whether I want to consign an entire estate,
some clothes or shop, I have found the Charity Guild Shop offers terrific service in all areas. It os staffed by delightful and courteous women who are making a generous contribution to our city.
Has this organization forgotten their mission.:
Has the reason for the season of charitable giving gone “Boutique?”
In a city where the act of charitable giving the notion of selling donated items for a charitable cause should leave that joy in your heart… has it gone as far as to turn away determined donators?
When approached by residents who are eager to give, are donated items being prioritized in order of high dollar checks their labels will bring? On a recent visit to the Charity Guild on Lovett, a friend carefully combed through a closet of cherished belongings, hoping to make a difference for someone less fortunate, only to find herself walking back to her car (after waiting in line for an hour) with a pile of clothing that was claimed “inadequate” for this label grabbing charitable organization. It is a shame that this is not the first time this organization that is supposed to be built on the cornerstone of values and good deed has sent its supporters packing back with their clothing. There is what the Guild calls a “boutique list” if you are accustom to bringing in such labels as Donna Karan or Dolce and Gabbana, you are privileged to “unique and convenient” drop-off hours that others are not privy to. The question that comes to mind is this - what motivations would drive such a practice for turning some away and making it easier for those who can afford to consign high priced labels, and does it counter its purpose?
That is for the giver to decide. Careful not to let the door hit you on the way out with the sign that states “We only accept in-style clothing”.
The Charity Guild is a non-profit organization that describes its mission principally through the practice of the spiritual and corporal works of mercy.