Women will soon be rejoicing. It’s not an opinion, merely a statement of fact when it comes to the opening of Clothes Mentor in Tyler, behind FRESH on Old Jacksonville Highway. Offering women’s clothing at a resale savings of 70 percent will do that.
“There’s nothing like Clothes Mentor around,” said owner Kathy Bosley. “It offers style, sophistication and quality in a beautiful store. Most items originate from better specialty or department stores, and clothing is organized and displayed in a fine retail environment.”
From a young age, Bosley had an interest in obtaining great labels at a lower price. “Starting at age 12, I was a bargain shopper for great labels. We were going to open a retail store and build it from the ground up. However,
when we came across the Clothes Mentor franchise and saw how it worked and how much help we would receive in their model, we jumped on it.”
Bosley and her husband Lane went to a training, learned about the business and how and why it works. They loved how family-oriented Clothes Mentor is and how much help and backup support they provide, including print ads, television spots and radio spots ready made for publication and broadcast. Kathy will take care of the front of the house (selling/buying, customers), while her husband will handle the back of the house (billing, finances, etc.). Their children: Kagan, 12; Kallie, 10; and Kyndall, 5, will also be helping out.
The Bosleys signed their contract with Clothes Mentor after the New Year and began searching for a location. Two years ago, they read BSCENE’s article about the development on Old Jacksonville Highway, and decided they wanted it to be here near FRESH. “Steve Thornton with J.P. Davis, helped us develop this place, and it’s beautiful. We’ve even had comments from other Clothes Mentor owners about what a great job they did designing the space!” Kathy said. “We wanted to be in this traffic pattern, and it’s been great watching it catch fire.”
Clothes Mentor carries women’s sizes 0-26, petite and maternity, and features brands like: Anne Taylor Loft, Banana Republic, Lane Bryant, J. Crew, Chico’s, Calvin Klein, Tory Burch, Coach, White House/Black Market, True Religion, 7 for All Mankind and Joe’s Jeans; and accessories like shoes, purses, jewelry, and from stores like Anthropologie, Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus... and all at an average price of only $14. The brand new Tyler location is preparing to be fully up and running by the first of the year.
“We buy clothes for four to six weeks to cover the floor and have plenty of back stock,” Bosley said. “Then, we’ll have our grand opening, and from that point on we’ll always BE buying and selling.”
For women looking to sell their clothing, there are a few regulations that must be met. Items must be: recent clothing in great condition, freshly laundered in a basket, bin or box. They are searching for great labels, bought in a two-year window (no earlier than 2010). And there are no men’s, children’s or junior’s items.
“We sell items for 70 percent of what it costs in stores, and we’ll pay you 30 percent of what we sell it for,” explained Bosley. “We pay half on designer handbags. We don’t do consignment, we buy items with cash on the spot.”
Clothes Mentor is poised to become one of the hot spots in East Texas fashion, where women can find excellent deals on top quality items unavailable in other places. “We’re also going to host events like ladies’ nights, shopping events and
[we'll] offer specials,” Bosley said. “Basically it comes down to the fact that great, designer labels sell. So many women in Tyler drive to Dallas or other large cities to get brands they can’t find here. We have some unbelievably wonderful stores here, but there are certain labels that simply aren’t available. So, we know we’ll get great labels and we know women will be getting a great deal... it’s never a bad thing to get a great top for $8. I mean, last week I was at a Clothes Mentor store and purchased a suit that sells for $300, for [only] $45. You just walk out feeling like you stole it!”