By: Deanna Rebro | Category: Retail | Issue: May 2009
Terri Turner, owner of Clothesline Clothing, and Jo Allen, manager, can help you and your family look great while spending less money.
The secret is out. Where do Tulsa’s best-dressed families get their fashionable clothes – without breaking their budgets? They shop at Clothesline Clothing, located at 8009-C S. Sheridan in Tulsa.
Clothesline features upscale clothing and accessories on consignment from some of the area’s finest households. Clothing for women, men, girls, boys, and plus sizes are available, in addition to maternity wear, scrubs, shoes and more. Many clothes look like they just came from a department store, and some actually did. Original tags are often still attached to the name brands, including Ann Taylor, Dana Buchman, Chico’s, St. John, Ralph Lauren and Eileen Fisher.
All clothing is stylish, is no more than two years old, and has no spots, missing buttons, broken zippers or other signs of wear. Owner Terri Turner says she carefully inspects and steams every garment before placing it on the rack the same day it arrives.
Terri and store manager Jo Allen have everything conveniently arranged by color and size. Bright lighting makes the clothing easy to see. Terri says that it is not unusual for ladies to shop at lunchtime or between appointments in search of a specific item. “They can get what they want and be out in five minutes.”
Terri says that families with children are able to hold on to more of their money by taking advantage of Clothesline’s low prices on quality clothing. Girls’ sizes range from infant to 16, and boys’ sizes range from infant to 20. The shop also offers a huge selection of maternity wear.
A favorite spot for the young ones is a special kiddies’ corner that features children’s costumes for sale year-round. There’s everything from animals and cartoon characters to dance recital costumes for little ballerinas.
Shoes are another favorite at Clothesline. Calvin Klein, Cole Haan, Birkenstock, New Balance, Nike, Adidas, Born, Clark, Naturalizers, Gianni Bini, Merrell, Dansko, Ecco, Romus and more are on hand in women’s sizes 5 through 11.
Handbags sport name brands such as Coach, Brighton and Prada. The store’s wide selection of jewelry includes custom and vintage pieces.
Terri adds that she is always looking for new ways to make buyers and sellers happy. She picked up lots of ideas during her 20 years in the consignment industry, the last five of which have been with her own business. The store outgrew its space one mile south and moved to its present location in January of last year.
Clothesline consignors leave their items for 90 days. They receive 40 percent of the selling price, and are welcome to pick up a check any time there is money on their account. A special express service is available to drop off merchandise in a hurry.
All tags are dated and color coded, with markdowns the first of each month. Senior shoppers receive a discount every Tuesday. Frequent shopper cards award free merchandise when a card is fully punched. “Moms buy things for their kids,” says Terri, “and then use the bonus for themselves.”
Other extras include special events with discounts, a layaway plan, and a wish list so that Terri and Jo can be on the lookout for specific items.
A new savings idea is Clothesline’s recyclable shopping bags. Customers pay $1 for each bag, with all funds donated to Pet Adoption League, a no-kill animal rescue organization. One day each month the bags are worth 10 percent off an entire purchase.
Every day is a new day at Clothesline, with the arrival of hundreds of items and lots of great surprises. Clothesline Clothing is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Deanna Rebro has worked in the publishing industry 30+ years, including eight years writing for Value News. She has also worked in real estate for the past six years. Deanna graduated from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio with a B.A. in Journalism. Outside of work, she serves as Vice President on the Board of Directors for Pet Adoption League. “Every story I write is a learning experience,” she said.