“Every woman I know has an item or two (or 30) in their
closets that they will never wear or wear again,” laughed Shigo. “It’s part of
our charm! I simply send out an email to friends a few times a year and ask
them to clean out their closets. Barbara
Ann takes clothing, shoes, accessories and jewelry that are clean, in good
condition and no more than 3 years old. It’s really easy!”
Kenyon and her husband, Mark, even created a year-round
storage space for IronMatt. “I usually only accept seasonal items, but for
Matt, I have shorts and summer dresses already upstairs – all ready for 2011! It was out of necessity, as Amy partnered
with a few designers, and we’ve needed to accommodate some big deliveries. When Sam and Libby Edelman, the shoe
designers, signed on to support IronMatt, I received 2 boxes containing nearly
300 pairs of shoes!” Kenyon said.
“The beauty of our relationship with Barbara Ann is that it
affects the lives of more than those that give or receive on behalf of
IronMatt,” reflected Amy. “Any item not sold within 70 days gets donated to one
of three women’s shelters she supports, and she sends formal dresses and shoes to
a school in Patterson, New Jersey for the prom and graduation.”
You can visit Barbara Ann’s Consignment Boutique Tuesdays
through Saturdays on Main Street in Ramsey. You will notice the only the
photograph in the store is one from IronMatt.
The picture is right behind Barbara Ann and she’s right behind us.