On Tuesday, November 25, Jarmany’s Closet, a resale and consignment shop offering new and gently-used women’s clothing and accessories held their Grand Opening in the Tharp-Jewell Building, located at 127 NW Front Street. The store is owned by Elaine who has been selling items online for several years as a fun way to refresh her wardrobe and make extra money.
“I have been ready for a change for quite a while,” Elaine, who has worked as a Paralegal and Executive Assistant, said. “I lost my Dad in 2012 and my Mom this past summer. As I was going through my parents’ things, it struck me that now might be a good time to take my online business to the next level.” Elaine stated, for the first time, she had the time and the funds to do something different and created Jarmany’s Closet LLC from her small, online business “overnight.”
After returning to her home state of Maryland, Elaine found it difficult as a plus-sized woman to find stores that carried decent clothing. She began shopping online for career, casual and evening clothing, Her love of affordable fashion led her to start the part-time business. Elaine says that she wanted Jarmany’s Closet to be more than just a retail shop, instead wanting her customers to become friends.
“I considered just doing resale of gently used clothing, handbags, shoes and jewelry,” Elaine explained. “But then I considered how a consignment shop would benefit the community. Women change careers, so they may need to revamp their wardrobe. Women may need an outfit for a special event or a job interview or maybe just a few casual items to get them through a weight loss period. And what do they do with their unused items? If they are like me, they stuff their closet with four different sizes. But now, my shop offers them a way to get a little cash for those unused items and also reshop for items they can use right now.” Elaine says that one of the phrases she likes to use is “If you don’t like what is in your closet, come check out ours.”
Jarmany’s Closet specializes in plus sizes, carrying size XL or 14W and above only. It is the only resale and consignment shop that specializes in plus sizes in Delaware. They also carry designer handbags from such designers as Coach and Dooney & Bourke as well as lower range styles. Shoes range from size 7 to 11 with most priced in the $7 to $12 range. Boot prices are slightly higher. In addition, the store carries costume jewelry, scarves and other accessories.
“At Jarmany’s Closet, women can put together an entire outfit for less than the cost of one item at a department store,” Elaine said. “We opened on November 14 and business has been great. We have over twenty consignors and have had a decent stream of customers every day since opening.”
Elaine said that the decision to open her store in Milford was actually a fluke. She said she was driving through town and saw a For Lease sign on a building on NW Front Street which she felt would be perfect for a little resale shop. After seeing the inside of that building, she loved the space but found that the ceilings on the second floor were too low for her height.
“The landlord had another space available in the Tharp Building at 127 Northwest Front Street which was three rooms and a storage space,” Elaine said. “Once seeing it, I knew this was the space. The architectural details, such as fireplaces and an archway plus a beautiful big porch at my front door, were perfect.” Elaine said she created a business plan, met with the landlords Dan & Rhonda Bond, and signed the lease in October.
The space is small, but the layout is perfect for the consignment shop. Elaine uses the front room for her counter while a gridwall system displays handbags. The middle room, separated from the front room by an archway, has the dressing room, restroom, built-in corner cabinet and more racks. The backroom displays several shoe racks and more handbags.
An avid genealogist, Elaine chose the name of her retail store to honor the strong women in her family. Jarmany is the maiden name of her great-grandmother, as well as Elaine’s middle name. Jarmany’s Closet is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 AM until 7 PM, and on Saturday from 10 AM until 4 PM. For more information, visit their website at www.jarmanyscloset.com.