Teen will sell thrift store finds to benefit community dining room

BRANFORD — For Evelyn Mollow, everything old is new again.

Standing next to shelves of clothes she has kept on her endless trips to thrift stores, the 16-year-old was dressed in vintage clothes – a long green GAP skirt, paired with a Ralph Lauren khaki jacket.

Accenting the outfit was a green heart necklace found on one of her countless shopping expeditions.

Mollow has turned this passion for used clothing into a small business and, in turn, gives back to the community.

His Pop Up Thrift Shop will be open at the Community Dining Room, 30 Harrison Ave., Branford from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, November 19 and from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, November 12.
Contact Evelyn Mollow at [email protected]

In addition, clothing donated to the Community Dining Hall will be on sale. All proceeds from the sale of donated items will be donated to the Community Dining Hall.

“We’re going to make it as comfortable and cozy as possible,” said CDR executive director Judy Barron.

“We really want to make it look like you’re walking into a store,” she said.

On display, for purchase, will be Mollow’s extensive collection of clothing, shoes, belts, handbags, hats and assorted jewelry.

“I’m saving so much,” the Branford High School senior said. “If I’ve had a bad day, I’ll go to Goodwill or some other thrift store and be like, ‘That’s fine. It’s like therapy for me.

Both men’s and women’s clothing will be on display.

Joining Mollow for the evening will be Finn Wikstrom, with his hand-painted canvas bags and free tarot readings, in addition to Addie Graver selling baked goods.

Last month, Mollow moved into Branford’s Gather and raised some $500 for Guilford’s Women & Family Life Center.

Clothing donations poured in from the community for the event, Barron said.

“It makes me smile,” she said.

Anyone interested in continuing to contribute can contact Barron at 203-488-9750 or [email protected]

Barron looks forward to the upcoming event and applauds Mollow and her peers for their commitment to the event.

“I love seeing young people get involved,” she says. “It gives them so much meaning, more than they know even when they’re younger, that they carry that with them when they become adults.”

“I think Evelyn is spot on,” she said. “She talks about her passion through fashion and we can benefit from that as a non-profit. So we’re going to support her all the way.

Mollow is currently applying to colleges in hopes of turning her passion into a career.

This budding entrepreneur is very particular when it comes to good deals.

“I don’t like buying cheap clothes,” she says. “I can tell when clothes are cheap and feel weird.”

“I’m looking for beacons,” she says. “I look for well-known brands. I’m looking for things that might be good value for money, but normally I’m looking for things my friends would wear or something I would wear.

Seven clothes racks fill the dining room and living room of her home. They are filled with winter coats, leather jackets, blazers, shorts, t-shirts and dresses.

Beneath the tables are bins filled with leather wallets, shoes and belts.

For pants, labels include Levi’s, Ralph Lauren, Lee, Wrangler and Carhartt.

When it comes to shirts and dresses, Mollow is just looking for what catches her eye.

“I have a style of dresses that I buy that are mostly strappy clothes that can be worn with jackets,” she said.

“It’s relaxed,” she said. “I like to accessorize and layer.”

She admits to doing a bit of “shopping” herself when putting together an outfit and wanting to find the right piece to add.

“I did it today,” she said. “There was a nice leather jacket and I was like, ‘Hmm, that would go well with my outfit.'”

Her mother intervened.

“It’s an advantage to have shelves and shelves of clothes,” she laughs.

As she rummages through the shelves, her excitement is palpable.

“We have a lot of really vintage ones,” she said, stumbling upon a leather jacket. “There’s the members-only jackets, which are from the 80s. It’s so pretty, I love that jacket.

“I love finding vintage leather jackets, it’s like my favorite thing,” she said. “I see them and I’m like, ‘Oh, my God.'”

Smiling from ear to ear, Mollow’s enthusiasm for her new hobby is evident.

“I love that all of these clothes have such personality,” she said. “You know they’ve been worn by people, which is cool and I love that look.”

“But,” she says, “it’s also that I can find the most unique pieces that I know no one will have.”

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