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November 20, 2017
Dress for Success Tampa Bay, the non-profit organization that helps empower women to break the cycle of poverty, holds several inventory blow-out sales in South Tampa throughout the year. Dress for Success is widely known for providing women with suits for job interviews to increase their odds of finding employment, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg, the gigantic, mostly-unseen-underwater Texas-sized iceberg that carries women on their journey to sustainability and success. Most folks have no idea about the many programs this wonderful organization has developed for women over the years (19 years here in Tampa to be specific). From the career center to job training and retention and networking programs, Dress for Success has become about so much more than providing women with free suits.
The inventory sales are huge, both in terms of the sheer volume of ladies clothing, accessories and shoes, and because they generate a great deal of funds which help keep their programs running. You see, they receive loads of clothing donations throughout the year. The pieces are sorted and those which are appropriate for job interviews remain in the appointment-only boutique where clients can apply for complimentary suiting services. All the rest of those donated items are sorted, stored and then set up for sale 2-3 times per year. If a piece is not in excellent condition, it doesn’t make the cut.
If you’ve never been to one of these sales, I cannot express to you the depth of what you are missing out on. Not only are shoppers helping a wonderful local organization fund their projects, but we get fabulous pieces for about $5 each! That, to me, is the definition of utopia.
To find out more about Dress for Success Tampa Bay please check out their website at https://tampabay.dressforsuccess.org/
Take a look at a few of my favorite finds from the last Dress for Success Inventory Sale. Photos by Theresa NeSmith Photography.