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 17th to 26th. This is the fourth 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 Karen Feinblatt, 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. In the past four years, the Career Closet has received over 500 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.
Feinblatt explained that over the past four years, many of the Brighton trade-in participants have become frequent donors to the Career Closet. “Both Brighton and the Career Closet benefit from this collaboration,” she said.