Our Newest Neighbors: Greene Street Consignment

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Our Newest Neighbors: Greene Street Consignment

There’s no ignoring the buzz around our newest neighbor on Spruce: Greene Street Consignment. Situated at 3734 Spruce Street, a few store fronts away from campus favorite Bonded Boutique, Greene Street merges all of the value of a thrift store, and all of the charm and dazzle of an exclusive specialty shop.

Founded in 1997, the store operates on the motto: “Make money. Shop greener. Welcome to Greene Street!” With a wide inventory of recycled clothing and brand name items, Greene Street offers customers a boutique-style experience, with offerings in several styles and sizes.

Not only does the company give value to shoppers with its unique pieces, but it also offers a 40 percent commission on all items sold to those who donate ten or more items to the store, a great way to earn money on the clothing you never wear. All you have to do is to bring the items into the store…Greene Street literally chooses and prices the items for you! Greene Street’s offerings are not all recycled clothing either as the name may suggest– the company also buys directly from New York wholesales to boost their product assortment.

At a price point much lower than similar stores like Bonded and another campus staple Piper Boutique, Greene Street offers something for everyone. Brand names such as Gap, Prabal Gurung, Tory Burch, Anthropologie and sorority favorite, Lilly Pulitzer, are among the high-end offerings at the store.

The chain already has stores throughout Pennsylvania, with locations in Manayunk, Bryn Mawr, Chestnut Hill, South Street, West Chester, and three more stores in New Jersey. The University City location is the chain’s 9th opening.

In response to why Greene Street opened up a University City location, Lynne Mastrilli,  daughter of the original Greene Street founder, who, along with her sister, took over the company in 1996, shared with The WALK that “our decision to open in University City was in large part based on the student body and support system of the university – and all that goes with it. We love the vibrancy and energy of university towns. Also, our mission is to promote fashion through recycling. This is a very important component of the business for us, and we feel that students tend to care very much about sustainability.”

Ms. Mastrilli also added, “Students should know that we love them. We love their energy and their passion. And we want them to know that they can do the right thing while saving money and looking great. We also want to  elevate the whole experience of shopping for used clothing. ”

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Love to also combine fashion and philanthropy? Then Greene Street is just right for you.

Ms. Mastilli’s sister, Donna, recently left the company to pursue her passion for saving animals. She founded Greene Street Animal Rescue, a no-kill animal shelter built on a 14-acre farm in Chester County. The shelter aims to protect animals wrongfully deemed un-adoptable and set to be euthanized. Greene Street Consignment co-sponsors events, hosts adoption days and donates a portion of its proceeds to Green Street Animal Rescue. To get more involved through donations and volunteer work, email the Rescue at greenestreetanimalrescue@gmail.com for more information. Take advantage of the opportunity to shop and make a difference.

Got some extra time between classes? Stroll on over to Greene Street Consignment — you might be surprised by what’s in store.

-Nanette Nunu

Images courtesy of Philly Racked , Princeton Info , Greene Street Consignment.

 

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