NCJW/Essex Career Closet is the Recipient of
Handbag Trade-In Days from Brighton Collectibles at the Mall at Short Hills
The Career Closet, a program of the Linda and Rudy Slucker NCJW/Essex Center for Women, was the recipient of a special trade-in event at the fashion accessories store Brighton Collectibles that took place from July 14th to 23th. This is the sixth year the Brighton Collectibles store at the Mall at Short Hills participated in this event with the Career Closet being the recipient.
“Brighton is to be commended for its support of women entering the workforce who are faced with the financial challenge of having interview and work appropriate clothing,” said Isabel Margolin, co-chair of the Career Closet. “This is really a wonderful thing for the NCJW/Essex Career Closet.”
Brighton offered $25 – $50 off new handbags when buyers traded in their own gently-used handbags. The gently-used handbags were then donated to the Career Closet. This year the Career Closet received 92 handbags from the annual 10-day event.
Volunteers at the NCJW/Essex Career Closet, located in Livingston, NJ, serve as personal shoppers to assist women in obtaining career attire and accessories appropriate for the workplace. Women are referred by the NCJW/Essex Center for Women and other social service agencies and receive coordinating clothing and accessories appropriate for interviewing and the workplace at no cost. The objective is to help women enter an interview or begin a new job with confidence. The Career Closet is open to clients by appointment only.
Mary Ricciuto, Store Manager at Brighton Collectibles in Short Hills, explained that throughout the year Brighton For Good partners with organizations at both the local and national level to give back to communities in a variety of ways. “By donating a gently used handbag at the Handbag Trade-In event, a woman in need is given a small luxury that others may take for granted,” she said. “Both Brighton Collectibles and the NCJW/Essex Career Closet benefit from this wonderful collaboration.”