Growing up, shopping had always been a guilty pleasure of my mom and I, especially when we would dive into the racks at a second-hand store. We were always very name-brand savvy and thrifty so, needless to say, the “thrill of the hunt” is what we always enjoyed most about it. For us, there was always excitement in the idea that you could find your new favorite wardrobe pieces at a fraction of the cost, and that kept us coming back for more. Eager with her entrepreneurial spirit, my mom Dawn, wanted to find a way to keep that second-hand thrill alive, and help others to catch on as well. The answer quickly became very clear that we would just have to open a shop of our own, and just like that, Country Chic was born. On January 1, 2011 our doors were opened in the heart of downtown Frenchtown, New Jersey (originally located at 36 Bridge Street) and we have been proudly serving this beautiful river community ever since.
Four years ago, I was very fortunate to have had this amazing business passed down to me, Morgan, to keep it in the family, and I plan to take everything I’ve learned throughout the last few years and use it to make this business the best that it can be. It’s been a very fun adventure thus far encouraging everyone to be more ecologically conscious and give your once-loved items a chance to be loved again through consignment. We look forward to all the years that lie ahead, and we thank you for the ongoing support and encouraging words.
Our mission at County Chic is to help further close the textile waste loop by keeping more things in circulation, and in turn, helping our consignors to make some extra money. While we are very choosey with the items that we take in on consignment, we are always happy to direct you to another organization who will gladly take the items we are unable to. It's all too easy to buy more than we need, and while most of us are guilty of this, it's never too late to make a change. It very simply boils down to: if you buy quality things, they are always worth something. When you buy cheaper things, or buy things you won't use, you’ll only further perpetuate the massive problem in today’s society that is consumerism waste. We're here to try to help keep those statistic numbers at bay, or with your help, work to improve them. As you can see in the chart above, reused clothing already makes up an astounding 45% in the clothing life cycle, which is a decent amount, but there is always room for improvement. There is a second life for everything that we own from furniture to clothing, and whether that means donating it to someone in need, or repurposing it, there is always a way to responsibly recycle things you no longer want.
All charts were published by Oregon Tilth - In Good Tilth magazine 2018