Shopping For A Cause

As many fashionable East Nashvillians already know, there’s a local store where high-end brands meet discount prices and philanthropic cause. 2616 Resale Boutique, located at 2616 Gallatin Pike, offers gently used and new clothing, jewelry, and accessories for women, the sales of which benefit YWCA Nashville’s social programs.
     “It’s a place where you can donate your clothing, and we will resell it, and the proceeds, all the money we get from the items, will go right back into our programs,” Michelle Mowery Johnson, director of communications for the YWCA, says.
     The boutique opened in the summer of 2014 as a way for the YWCA to utilize the overwhelming clothing donations that it receives. Since then, the store has raised over $250,000, supporting efforts like the YWCA’s 51-bed emergency center for women and children fleeing domestic violence; Girls Inc. programming in local schools; a family literacy center; and MEND, a preventative domestic violence education program for young men. The program that might benefit most directly from these efforts is Dress For Success, a national nonprofit that provides women who are entering or reentering the workforce with suits and work clothes.
     But support of those programs isn’t the only way that the store is making a difference around East Nashville. It’s helping in neighborhood wardrobes and wallets, too. It’s not uncommon to find Banana Republic, Ann Taylor, even Armani wares on the racks, which are replenished regularly. Suits typically go for around $25, while skirts, pants, and blazers can be had for $12 to $15.
     “We’re so grateful for the support of the East Nashville community because the folks there, they shop, they donate, and they volunteer,” Mowery Johnson says. “A lot of our regular customers live in the area, and they visit on a weekly basis because the merchandise turns over every week.”
     Those who are interested in donating can do so directly at 2616 Resale Boutique or YWCA Nashville’s main office in Green Hills. Those interested in volunteering to process clothes can visit YWCANashville.com.