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Y Not Shop Here?

August 5, 2009 - Phyllis Sigal
I stopped by the Y Not Women's Boutique at the YWCA to drop off some bags of clothes, and I was so pleased to see the new location.

Of course it's been in its current spot for about a year, but I've not been by there.

It's really a great shop, with so much to choose from. And of course, the prices are great — maybe even better than Gabes. The clothing, shoes, purses, hats and more are displayed well, too.

But the best part of the Y Not Women's Boutique is, that, with a referral from a social service agency, church, employer, school or United Way HelpLine, any woman in need of clothing will be provided with up to five outfits for work, at no cost. How great is that! The program also offers "dress for success" workshops.

I used to do a lot of second-hand/consignment shop/antique clothes searching. I always got a charge out of my great finds — either very interesting items or really amazing buys. It's like treasure hunting, and much more rewarding than the usual department store shopping.

I once bought a beautiful purple sharkskin taffeta gown with a sequin collar for a big, fancy dance in Wheeling years ago, for about $40! And, at the same shop, Eons in the Shadyside neighborhood in Pittsburgh, my husband bought a gorgeous, midnight blue wool tux, from the 1940s, for much cheaper than he could've rented one. I did buy a lovely satin wedding gown at "A Crime of Fashion," also in Pittsburgh. However, I decided not to wear it when my dad told me that he'd "really give me away if I wore that!"

I've also had some good luck at the Clothes Closet on National Road in Wheeling, and spent a lot of years purchasing kids' clothing at various places.

It's such a treat to be able to tell someone, "3 bucks — consignment shop," when a compliment comes your way.

I'm looking forward to going back to the Y Not Women's Boutique when it's time to add a few pieces to my fall wardrobe.

The YWCA welcomes questions at 304-232-0511, or you can send an e-mail to

The boutique is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The entrance is on 11th street, up the hill on the side of the YWCA building.


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