MOE: Julia L.!

IMG_3678Everyone give a warm welcome to one of our newest employees, Julia L.! She is a buyer from our State College location and a Penn State junior majoring in Biobehavioral Health (BBH) and double minoring in Nutritional Sciences and Biology (Try saying that five times fast). She wants to become a registered dietitian and give Dr. Oz a run for his money (Or out of business – whichever comes first).  Julia also wants us to let the world know that she is the world’s only extreme ukulele player, won a spelling bee in 8th grade and a geography quizzathon in 7th.

The styling aspect of her job is one of the two things she is fond of most. Julia enjoys redressing the mannequins and displays on our dressing room doors (when she’s feeling inspired) and putting together outfits that she herself may one day wear when she’s on talk shows promoting her healthy dieting books and other research. Her second favorite thing about the Attic is getting to look at (and first dibs) on all of the vintage jewelry that customers bring in. Julia comments that the vintage pieces are much more timeless than what you see the kids wearing nowadays, they’re unique and wearable (And to top things off, no one else has it!)

Julia has been a very welcomed new addition to our Attic family. She has learned quickly and brings a certain level of fun that was needed to our company. If you see her in the store, don’t be afraid to say “Hi!” …  Though, if you get an awkward look from her, it’s probably the fact you know her name and you’re more than likely a complete stranger.

 

DIY iPhone Cases!

If anyone is like us, we hate having the same thing over and over again – ESPECIALLY when it comes to iPhone cases. Why use what everyone else is using when you can create one of your very own!? kikamarie88 offers YouTube a fun, fast, and creative way to solve all of our iPhone case woes. Utilizing this method, the possibilities are endless!

principessa3x offers her viewers a unique way of using the ever-popular galaxy theme to customize your iPhone and make it as one of a kind as the stars in the sky. That was corny, we’ll admit, but just take a look and see how exciting playing with paint can be :).

MOE: Halley M.!

mestanding1This week, we introduce Halley M., an associate from our Kutztown location! She is 19 years old and currently enrolled at Lehigh Carbon College to get an Associate’s Degree in Business Management. Her plans post-bacc is to get a job in management and live the lavish life that business brings … But, all business aside, Halley says that some of her favorite things to do with her down time are watching football, bowling, and dancing. In fact, Halley M. is a former cheerleader of Kutztown High School fame AND a dance competitor from Rhythm in Motion!

Halley’s favorite thing about working at the Attic? Aside from the fun atmosphere and the awesome environment, she says that she enjoys the quirky people she meets and works with! We can definitely vouch that us workers at the Attic are a quirky, fun bunch ;).

Five Easy Tips to Increase Your Buyback!

A lot of people come into our stores with bag upon bags of old clothing just ripe for the eager hands of our buyers to go through. Unfortunately, we do not always take everything. In fact, sometimes we don’t take anything at all! As your online guide to The Attic Inc., I would not want our dearest readers to go into the vicious world of used clothing without a few simple tips to increase your wallet or wealth in Attic cash:

  • Visiting the store you are selling to can definitely improve your chances of bringing in the right stuff we’re looking for. This step can definitely save you some time and energy to plan your selling adventure accordingly. For example – some of our locations get a large influx of tank tops – which would mean that said locations would be curbing their intake of tank tops. On the flip side, if a location is in dire need of tank tops, then by all means that bag of old school tank tops your parents have from Woodstock would finally be put to good use.
  • Washing your clothes seems like a silly thing to remind people to do, but honestly, we cannot count on two hands how many times people forget to simply run their clothes through a washer before bringing it in. Stored clothes can contract a bunch of smells while packed away in those totes. Just give those shirts a waft before bringing them in can save both of us from utilizing a can of Febreeze to get the smell
  • Presentation can be a variable as well. Clothes that are balled up, mashed and thrown into a bag can sometimes damage clothing or make them appear to be a lot more worn or unattractive to buyers. Folding your garments or just neatly placing them in your bag can go a long way.
  • Give your clothes a glance over before bringing them in. Sometimes, you as the seller can spot some frays, stains, deorderant marks, etc., before we look through your items. This cuts out the middle man – and prevents you having to carry a bunch of clothes back to your car (or long, romantic walks with garbage bags of old clothes).
  • Asking yourself “Would I see this at ____ store?” is sometimes a good way to approach whether or not it would be accepted. We specialize in buying vintage clothing as well as clothing that has been popular within the last two years. We do, on occasion, accept clothing that is older than 2 years – however these items are usually in near perfect condition with little to no wear.

These are only a few tips that we’ve come up with. If anyone else has anything else to add, feel free to comment below!

Summer Lovin’!

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Since the dawn of time, cavemen, women, and persons have protected their eyes with primitive Ray-Ban wayfarers purchased from those retailers just outside of their Ikea-decked caves … Okay, not really. But the history of  sunglasses dates way back in the 1900s and have been around sense, giving people protection without sacrificing style. In fact, pilots had started wearing them to protect their eyes from the sun! The more you know, right?

But this isn’t some history lesson – I’m sure we have all experienced some sort of lecturing of the 19th century. No, we at the Attic wouldn’t want to do that … Unless you wanted us to.

No, we just hope everyone is enjoying the brush of warm weather Mother Nature has blessed us with this third week of June! It was a long time coming, but we’ve made it through the wilderness  long winter. It’s about time we treat ourselves with something nice, stylish and funky to brave against the sun that’ll be sure to kissing many skins this summer season.

Why not start with sunglasses?

At any of our locations, we have a ton of styles – ranging from wayfarers to aviators to clubmasters – and prints – just like the one pictured – that are sure to get your summer started off perfect. Even better? The most you’ll end up spending it $9.95!

But, that’s enough of us rambling on and on about that. You should come see for yourselves. Who knows, you might even find a pair of Versace’s or Tory Burch that someone dropped off …

DIY Watercolor … Scarf?!

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Looking for something that you can pair with nearly every outfit, can keep you nice and warm during those chilly summer nights, and still look like you’re walking off the Parisian runway? We recommend going here for a fun, quick and easy tutorial that’ll have people stopping you on the street and asking “Hey, where’d you get that scarf?!”

The steps are as painless as  clicking “like” on that status of a friend of a friend you met awkwardly at a cocktail party.

DIY: OMBRE BLEACHED SHIRT!

As many of you have probably seen, ombre has taken a strangehold on the fashion world – ranging from hair to nails to lip balm to maxi dresses! We’ve found a video done by YouTube’s CustomizeFashion. All you need is a little bit of bleach and voila! However, we do caution that you do this in a well ventilated area and to cover any and all surfaces that you may be doing this on. You don’t need ombre rugs in your bedroom …

 

… Unless you’re into that.

MANAYUNK FIT FEST & WALK THE WALL

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Manayunk’s first ever Fit Fest  will be happening tomorrow! Many of us at the Attic are excited for the chance to start this summer off right by getting a jump start on some of those fitness goals we find ourselves planning every year or perhaps re-invigorating those New Years Weight Loss resolutions you’ve probably “forgotten” about. It comes just in time with the change of the season, shedding off those layers and finally breaking out those short sleeve shirts, tank tops, shorts, and dresses that we’ve had stashed away in the closet for so long.

Fit Fest is a one of a kind festival starting at 9AM and ending at 3PM at the Levering Street Parking Lot. For only $25, you get one free class at the 18 fitness centers in Manayunk, as well as tons of discounts throughout the week! Better yet, all proceeds go to Neighborhood Bike Works (NBW), which is a fantastic non-profit organization aimed at helping the youth in Greater Philadelphia.

Make sure you stop by your friendly neighborhood Attic in Manayunk and stock up on those tank tops and shorts for those classes or some comfortable shoes for the “Walk the Wall” event!

For more information on either event or NBW, check out here

MOE: Kaitlyn R.!

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Sorry for the late update, folks! There were a few technical difficulties on our end, but we are back on track.

This week, we introduce Kaitlyn R.. Kaitlyn works at our Bethlehem location, however she will soon be transferring to our Manayunk location this coming September because she will be attending Tyler School of Art, a fantastic art school that is part of TEMPLE University (Go owls!). There she will be pursuing a degree in painting and drawing in addition to education. Her interests in the art world lie in damn-near everything! Painting, ceramics, drawing, sculpture, graphic design … You name it, she’s probably dabbled in it at some point in time!

One of her inspirations for becoming interested in fashion is Clueless’ own, Cher Horowitz (Played by Alicia Silverstone for those who have not seen the movie.)!  But the what inspires her style? Topanga from Boy Meets World (We can definitely see Kaitlyn playing Cory’s love interest in some remake … Some network better pick up on this!).

So, what’s her favorite thing about working at the Attic? Kaitlyn says, “I love working at The Attic because I love the eclectic atmosphere, the friendly and funky coworkers, and the opportunity to work in the fashion field through an awesome retail position! “

Be sure to keep your eye out for her – she’ll be coming to an art gallery near you very soon :).

MOE: Lacee M.!

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With our first MOE feature, we introduce Lacee M who works at our State College location! She is 19 years old, a resident of State College and a student at the Pennsylvania State University (WE ARE!). Her dreams reside in becoming a Spanish Teacher in High School, a famous Broadway singer, cat lady turned reality show television star and entrepreneur dabbling in strap-on unicorn horns.  You can usually find her at work singing, laughing, smiling and bringing joy to her co-workers and customers alike. 

Her favorite thing about working at the Attic? The surprises! She says that one of the perks of working here is that customers sometimes bring in some of the most outlandish things to resell. She admits that she will not name names (or things), but trust us when we say that they’re quite the conversation starters (a la “… this one time at band camp …”).

As we conclude this brief profile, she would like to thank the Academy for this opportunity to appear as our first feature. And also her dog. And mum. And Ron Burgundy.