My newly minted 14-year-old daughter has just found a new place to spend her birthday cash. NTY Clothing Exchange opened this week at 3005 Monroe Ave. in Pittsford in the same plaza as People’s Pottery and a mile away from our home, which may be a little too close for comfort.
NTY Clothing Exchange is an upscale resale shop for young, fashionable women and men. Brands that are trending with millennials are sold at the 3,000-square-foot shop: Think Pink, Forever 21, lululemon, The North Face and Free People.
“There’s nothing like this in Pittsford,” said Julia Kaminker, owner of NTY. There is blue, A Goodwill Boutique across Monroe Avenue, but NTY is aimed at a younger set, she said. Plus, it’s not consignment. She pays cash on the spot for gently used name brand clothes and accessories. Here’s how it works: You bring in your loot and it is examined by the staff and a price is offered for your goods that you may accept or reject.
A look around the store shows there are a lot of designer goods, such as Kate Spade and Michael Kors purses. A gently used Michael Kors Hamilton tote was selling for $200, which is more than half off retail but at the same price as TJ Maxx when I have seen the same purse there. (Note: TJ Maxx sells new discount designer goods.) There is a large rack of athleisure wear, popular with teen and tween girls as well as their moms. My daughter snagged a like new lululemon tank for $24 and they are usually $52. Not a great deal as I have purchased new lululemon tanks for $29 at its outlet store in Woodbury Commons north of New York City, but this shop is close to home and you’re helping a local business. The best deal my daughter found was a new Free People gold lace dress for $19 that still had the $98 price tag on it, which is perfect for the holiday season.
My daughter has shopped Plato’s Closet in Greece that caters to young people and never found anything she liked there. The new NTY Clothing Exchange offers more upscale brands. I’m hoping it will be able to continue with its quality inventory as it can often be hit or miss at resale shops. I recall the opening of blue a few years back where the first few weeks were filled with high-end designer goods such as a Louis Vuitton scarf, but the designer inventory dwindled after a while.
NTY is a franchise concept that Kaminker thinks will be a hit with the youth set. Kaminker, who lives in Brighton, had wanted to bring the concept to the east side of Rochester for a while and believes Pittsford is the ideal location.