Monday, February 16, 2009

A Closet Full - Consignment for Full-Figured Women

Posted By on Mon, Feb 16, 2009 at 8:57 AM

Linda Moneta is good with play-on words. A Closet Full, her consignment shop located in the Pavilion at SouthEnd, caters to full-figured women sizes 14W-32W. The tagline for her store is also weight-related: "THIN out your closets and FATTEN your wallet by consigning your gently-worn clothing and accessories with A Closet Full."

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A Closet Full has been serving plus-size Charlotte women for 17 years, with the Pavilion location its "4th and final." Moneta has moved the store on multiple occasions to try and best serve her customers, and she's found that South Boulevard is easily accessible from all areas of Charlotte.

Moneta, originally a sportswear buyer, saw a hole in the consignment industry and jumped at the opportunity. Most consignment shops only carry up to a size 12, leaving out a huge portion of the female population.

"Consignment seemed like the right thing, and plus-size is where my heart is," she said about her decision to open a store for curvy women only.

With the economy down, profit is up for A Closet Full, with shoppers wanting to take advantage of brand-name clothes from better department and specialty stores at prices around 75 percent off the original retail price.

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Moneta makes a good point about the state of our economy and her type of business: "Recycling is important. People can walk in with clothes they don't wear anymore, and walk out with something new." New to them, anyway.

A Closet Full also provides shoppers with an array of accessories, and women of any size can appreciate cute jewelery, hats and scarves. You can get dressed from head to toe.

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The Pavilion is also home to a hair salon, nail salon and a deli. One-stop shopping!

If you've got anything consignment-worthy, Moneta is currently taking appointments for Spring/Summer items.

A Closet Full

The Pavilion at South End

2041 South Blvd. - Suite K

704-372-5522

aclztful@bellsouth.net

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