This spring, we are excited to bring Teen Boutique back.
Teen Boutique Re-Imagined redesigns The Sharing Shelf's Teen Boutique, bringing clothing choice to clothing insecure teenage girls while respecting safety concerns due to the Covid pandemic. The Sharing Shelf is organizing a series of free shopping events between April and June 2021 in collaboration with community centers and schools in Westchester County, and in partnership with the Junior League of Central Westchester.
Why? Clothing is a critical part of a person's identity as well as a basic material need. You literally cannot leave your home without it. The Sharing Shelf founded Teen Boutique to provide low-income teen girls with the access to quality, age-appropriate clothing and to empower them make clothing choices. We have hosted 15 events, giving more than 2,000 girls the chance to shop for a free seasonal wardrobe. While we have successfully operated a version of Teen Boutique in our warehouse since the Covid pandemic, we decided it was time to bring the clothing back to the girls.
What does the re-imagining look like? Imagine "Stitch Fix" meets Teen Boutique. The girls will use our online link to tell us about their clothing styles and sizes. Then our volunteers will create a clothing kit. In May, our community partners will create an environment for the girls to try on the items in their kit and exchange things that may not fit. It's a new vision in our new Covid world to empower the girls once again.
What do we need from you? We are looking for sponsors to put their name on this special event and help us fund this amazing initiative. Your gift of $10,000 covers the cost of our spring program and provides this amazing opportunity with a new seasonal wardrobe for 200 girls. Your gift of $50 ensures a new spring and summer wardrobe for a teen girl. We are also seeking donations of new and gently used clothing for teen girls in adult sizes (teen styles) XS - XXL, pants and shorts in sizes 00 - 22. To donate clothing, make an appointment on our "Donate Clothing" page. Each season, we have a critical need for large, extra-large and plus sizes. Visit our registry on Target and Walmart.
Volunteers are also invited to sort clothing and pack the kits, following our Covid safety protocols. Visit our website to fill out a volunteer questionnaire and get involved. At any time, you can email Executive Director, Deborah Blatt, at firstname.lastname@example.org.