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Last week, while darting from one food truck to another at Chicago's Daley Plaza, trying to decide which tasty morsels I might devour, I stumbled across one truck that looked quite different from the others.
Nestled alongside the famous Picasso statue, was a food truck, outfitted with mirrored doors, shoe, tie and purse racks. I suddenly realized that I had stumbled across a mobile clothing store. Since small spaces are like the butter to my roll, you know I had to check this out. So intrigued, and armed with my camera phone, I entered the space. And boy was I amazed!
The 120 square foot mobile boutique, Shop the Thrifty Fashionista, was founded by mom and daughter duo Joslyn and Jera Slaughter. What makes this mobile store even more unique is that it is a high-end designer resale shop. After the recession forced them to close the doors to their brick and mortar location six years ago, the two had an idea to take their collections on the road.
Mom, Jena, got things started by asking the family's mechanic to locate a suitable truck. Then, fierce networking snagged a skilled contractor who would build out the area. The contractor even went the extra mile, by opening a Pinterest account to source all things girly for this job. He even included the dressing room pictured below in his final design. The total cost of the build out was around $35k.
Now, daughter Joslyn curates brands the likes of Vince Camuto, Tori Burch, Chanel, Prada, Coach, Via Spiaggia, Hermes, Marc Jacobs, Ralph Lauren and more. Joslyn carefully reviews each piece for authenticity. Clothing ranges from sizes from 4 to 16. They carry shoes up to size 11. But inventory is constantly changing, so if you see something you like - grab it!
Want to plan the ultimate girls night in? Just contact Shop the Thrifty Fashionista mobile boutique, and they will come right to your driveway, with a fashion party created just for you and your guests. You can also regularly find the Thrifty Fashionista in Chicago's Hyde Park area, where the former First Family - the Obamas - have a residence.
If that wasn't enough, they even carry upscale clothing and accessories for men and children.
Since not all inventory can be featured on the truck, Shop the Thrifty Fashionista will be launching a website soon. Be the first to know when the online shop goes live by clicking here, and adding your name to the mailing list. Or, go to www.ShopTFF.com.
My research revealed that less than ten such mobile boutiques are operating in the Chicagoland area. But there are hundreds more of these shops popping up all over the U.S. They are selling everything from shoes, to lingerie, to home decor, to artwork. I certainly hope this trend continues to grow.
Please tell me in the comments below: What do you think of this idea? Have you seen any mobile boutiques in your area? If you had a mobile store, what would YOU sell?
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