Boutique Owners are committed to community support.
Stella’s Consignment Boutique in Buda, TX is owned by Lisa and DJ Sartorio. After retirement, Lisa and DJ moved back to Texas from Chicago to be closer to their children and grandchildren. They enjoyed retirement for a while and then realized they weren’t quite ready for their rocking chairs. They weighed their options and decided that women’s consignment was for them. Fashion has always been a part of Lisa’s life and she had been an avid consignor in Chicago. They opened the door to Stella’s (affectionately named after their little Chihuahua, who had passed right before they moved to Texas) in September of 2015.
Lisa and DJ knew they wanted to partner with a local non-profit and DJ diligently researched options prior to opening. They decided that HCWC was the best fit for the donations they would be providing. Lisa said, “In our judgement, HCWC provides the most direct resources to women and children who live in our community”. Stella’s consignors knew at the time
they contracted that the Satorios were active supporters of HCWC and they were thrilled that their unsold items would be going to members of their community. Some of Stella’s consignors donate straight to the HCWC bins without profiting from the sale of their items.
Over the past 2 years, Stella’s has become more than just a retail store. They have been embraced by the Buda community and the surrounding towns. It has become a place of comfort for people who want to grab a quick outfit, a birthday present, or just want to come in, sit on the sofa, and enjoy a cup of coffee and chat about their day.
Stella’s has been consistently donating to HCWC since shortly after their opening in 2015. Every month we visit Stella’s and fill an entire van with their excess or unsold items to stock our Donation Center. This provides our clients access to fashion-forward clothes, shoes, purses, and accessories. Stella’s is an invaluable resource and we are very grateful for their ongoing support.
Stella’s consignment has donated 123 large bins of high-end women’s clothes, shoes, and purses.
To get more information about how your business can become a partner or information other HCWC efforts, please contact Melissa Rodriguez, Director of Community Partnerships at (512)396-3404 or firstname.lastname@example.org
This article was featured in HCWC’s 2017 Edition of the Networker. To read the full newsletter, visit our Newsletters page, and join our email list to receive the annual publication and occasional updates in your inbox.