Raleigh thrift store goes brand name

Posted March 21, 2009 9:02 p.m. EDT
Updated March 22, 2009 8:14 a.m. EDT

— The Women's Center of Wake County hosted a grand opening ceremony on Saturday for its newly renovated thrift store.

The renovations transformed Abbeygail's Closet into ABBEYGAIL'S Re-Chic Boutique, 5205 Hillsborough St. It remains a thrift store but exclusively sells quality, brand-name clothing and accessories.

“We decided to focus on brand-name, gently used clothing, which is a little more expensive to buy new. That would give us our market niche as opposed to some of the other thrift stores,” said Jean Williams, executive director of the Women's Center of Wake County.

The revamped boutique also features the new section – "Women Leaders," which offers items donated by local, state and national women in high-profile leadership positions.

All proceeds from sales at ABBEYGAIL'S are donated to The Women's Center of Wake County. The center gives support to homeless women and children, including help with basic needs and affordable housing.