Saturday, August 15, 2015

The Impact Thrift Stores Fashion Outlet Grand Opening

The day prior to the grand opening extravaganza. 

Impact Thrift Stores has set up shop for the fifth time here in Pennsylvania. Its newest location officially opened for business today at 208 Commerce Circle in Bristol, PA. And while this is the fifth time around for ribbon cutting ceremonies for the ever-expanding Impact, this is the company's first foray into secondhand fashion specifically. 

Cute and colorful wares, carefully organized.

And by the looks of things, the transition was seamless. With this location formerly housing a Fashion Bug store, Impact seized the opportunity to use the lighting, fixtures, and space of the previous occupant to their full advantage.The 10,000 square foot sales  floor  is organized by garment type, size, and color, with fashion choices for men, women, children, juniors, maternity, and plus sizes.  And of course... it's not fashion without the shoes, accessories, and jewelry. 

Bright costume jewelry? Yes, please. 

Come to think of it, I could use a new handbag...or two.

In the upcoming days to the official ribbon cutting, the Fashion Outlet quietly held a soft opening to give the retail operations a test run. And a good thing for me, too, since I'd be physically unable to snap these photos of the merchandise in the swell of the crowds snatching it all up. Don't believe me?

After the celebratory cutting of the ribbon...

...The crowd came a'piling in. 

And while every volunteer, member of the store staff, corporate employee and CEO aided customers in getting shopping carts, finding fitting rooms, and getting rung amount of workforce could prepare them for that turnout. While I'm awaiting word on the sales totals, I'm sure it was an impressive figure. And this is an especially worthwhile effort, considering that 10% of the day's totals went to Advocates For Homeless & Those In Need (AHTN).

Your dollars at work! 

But all the fanfare aside, The Impact Fashion Outlet is a bright, organized location...and a great starting place to bring that one friend who is always impressed by your secondhand style...but seems skeptical at the process. And don't forget to keep a lookout for those daily colored tag sales.

Bargains...on top of bargains. Well color me frugal! 

With the powers of thrift... I scored a drapey black blouse, a sleek black bubble dress, an autumn inspired striped sweater, and a floral print kimono jacket with fringe...all for about $20. And all which will be styled and photographed in due time. But for now... get yourself to the Bristol Commerce Park Shopping Center and find yourself some new-to-you style at the Impact Thrift Fashion Outlet. 
Ribbon cutting photo, courtesy of Jill Tarabar.