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A New York Times fashion article examines a Goodwill store in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City that employs a former Banana Republic salesman to assist a new demographic that's been coming in to browse the inventory: the kind with a little money to burn. In the story, a stylish writer decides to invest in a Marc Jacobs dress -- she "needs it" -- and is rushed by said employee with an armful of gowns that might look fabulous on her, a Diane Von Furstenberg number among them.
Stores in Milwaukee, Palm Beach, and Portland already stock choice designer labels with daily deliveries and the Washington chapter even staged a virtual fashion show with a Paris theme. And sales have been good, the piece notes, rising 7.1 percent in the first three months this year over the same time last year at Goodwill stores open for at least a year.
Time to dig out the boxes and drop off donations of clothing, you know, a shield to the elements. Your old clothes never go out of style for Goodwill's more traditional patrons. Regardless of this new brand of demand, donations have been fewer.