By JOHANNA BOYLE
Journal Ishpeming Bureau
MARQUETTE - The average American throws away 68 pounds of clothing or textiles each year, according to the Council for Textile Recycling.
Included in the four above photos are examples of the type and quality of clothing and excessories that are available at the ReBlossom Consignment and Resale shop in Marquette. The business, which is located at 1007 N. Third St., offers a wide variety of items at bargain prices.
Each year, 2.5 billion pounds of clothes are collected for recycling, which works out to 10 pounds per person, just15 percent of the total amount of clothing that is tossed out.
Sharon Rule and Doreen Takalo are sisters and partners in an effort to reduce the amount of clothing in Marquette that gets thrown away.
The sisters co-own ReBlossom Consignment and Resale located at 1007 N. Third St., in Marquette.
"There are thousands of pounds of clothing that
goes into the landfill each year."
- Sharon Rule, co-owner, ReBlossom
"One of the things that is most important is that we are here to help others in their quest to be green," Rule said. "There are thousands of pounds of clothing that goes into the landfill each year."
To give women an opportunity to get rid of their unwanted clothing and others a chance to reuse those items.
ReBlossom, which is about to celebrate its second anniversary in Marquette, allows women to sell their upscale, name brand clothes.
Those interested in selling their clothes are asked to make an appointment to bring in items that are "clean, current and cute," Rule said. The items are then placed for sale in the store for 60 days.
"We have everything from junior clothing to mother of the bride," Rule said.
Recently ReBlossom has also begun expanding its selection of accessories, particularly Miche or other designer handbags.
Clothes or items that do not sell within the 60 days can either be returned to their owners or can be donated to ReBlossom to be given to Voices for Youth or Teaching Family Homes.
A member of the National Association of Retail and Thrift Shops, Rule said she regularly attends conferences and training sessions for businessowners in her field.
"My goal is to learn more about doing this business better," she said.
The shop carries everything from formal prom gowns to upscale jeans to suites to shoes to jewelry.
"We've got a wide variety of clothing," Rule said.
Brands include Coldwater Creek, Ann Taylor, Talbots, Hollister and Abercrombie, as well as many others.
"We're always looking for more consigners," Rule said. Although many of the people who consign through the shop are regulars, others do it once for a particular item.
"I think it's pretty exciting that we have that to offer," Rule said.
Rule said she and Takalo typically set the price for items, but are willing to discuss the price with consigners.
"I'm just happy women have an outlet in Marquette to consign their beautiful clothing. This way you're getting a bit of a return on your initial investment," Rule said.
The business telephone number is 906-228-9820.
Johanna Boyle can be reached at 906-486-4401. Her e-mail address is email@example.com.