New Resale Store Aims to Help Women Reclaim Their Closets


Resale store Clothes Mentor recently opened its first store in Virginia with a location in Short Pump.  The outlet buys and sells gently used clothing, shoes, designer purses and other accessories, focusing on the latest trends for women ages 25 and older.

Owners Christian & Stephanie Tefel bring experience to the clothing resale industry after opening Plato’s Closet, a resale store focused on teen and twenty-somethings, in Colonial Heights. Clothes Mentor focuses on an older, more sophisticated demographic.

 Clothes Mentor is not a consignment store and offers cash up front for quality items. Shoppers can expect to find items priced 70 percent below full retail value and sellers generally get 30 to 40 percent of the resale tag price.

“It’s a win-win,” Christian Tefel, owner of Clothes Mentor said. “People doing a bit of spring cleaning can receive money on the spot for their clothes and buyers will be able to find premium, age-appropriate clothing and accessories at sensible prices—all the while being kind to the environment by recycling next-to-new clothing.”

The Tefels aren’t only benefitting the environment with their store, but the economy of Short Pump.

“We plan to hire four full-time and six part-time employees,” Tefel added. “Our staff is well trained to buy the very best merchandise and provide the best consumer service in a clean, organized and trendy setting.”

Clothes Mentor’s 4,000 square-foot store is in the same shopping center with Walmart on Pouncey Tract Road and West Broad Street. The store carries tops, bottoms, business, casual and women’s sizes 0-26, as well as maternity.