Stein Mart shopper buys out store, donates clothing to Guadalupe Resale Shop

Nearly 280 Stein Mart locations nationwide were set for closure after the company filed for bankruptcy, including five in Southwest Florida.

Shoppers took advantage of steep discounts on all merchandise as Stein Mart liquidated its assets. One of Guadalupe Resale Shop’s supporters visited the location near Pelican Bay in Naples on Oct. 29, just hours before it was set to close its doors for the final time.

The mood was somewhat somber. Inventory was limited. The handful of remaining employees were about to be unemployed.

The Resale Shop supporter wasn’t there to shop for herself, though. She was on a mission, for a mission, and began filling up shopping bags with deeply discounted clothing. She intended to buy everything and donate it all to the Resale Shop, which supports educational programs for students in Immokalee.

One bag turned into two, which turned into three, and so forth. When employees found out what she was doing, they started chipping in money of their own.

“The sales staff were about to lose their jobs, yet felt so strongly about what I was doing that they wanted to help, too,” said the shopper, who wanted her deed to remain anonymous. “I was just so touched. Charity just breeds more charity.”

When all was said and done, her sales receipt measured nearly 11 feet! The total retail price was more than $6,000, but after discounts, she paid just a little over $200.

She and her husband then delivered the items to Guadalupe Resale Shop,

Resale Shop volunteers left the tags on each item, a sales technique that helps move inventory quicker because shoppers know they’re getting brand-new items at great prices. The Resale Shop has a growing contingent of donors and shoppers who are helping Guadalupe Center accomplish its mission of breaking the cycle of poverty through education for the children of Immokalee.

Guadalupe Center serves more than 1,400 students annually through its nationally accredited Early Childhood Education Program, After-school Tutoring & Summer Enrichment Program and college-preparatory Tutor Corps Program. The nonprofit relies on proceeds from the Resale Shop and philanthropic support from individuals, foundations and businesses to keep programs accessible for lower-income families.

“Every donation and sale at Guadalupe Resale Shop helps support our mission, but this particular donor went above and beyond,” said Dawn Montecalvo, president of Guadalupe Center. “It’s actually a fabulous idea. So many retail stores have clearance, BOGO and going-out-of-business sales, and knowing when to buy and donate can be a tremendous help to Guadalupe Resale Shop and other nonprofits that rely on donations to carry out their missions.”

Donation FAQs

Guadalupe Resale Shop accepts donations of quality furniture, home décor, artwork, kitchenware, lamps, linens, DVDs and CDs, books and more, as well as all types of new and gently used ladies’ and men’s clothing, including accessories such as jewelry, purses and nearly new shoes.

Donations are accepted from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays at a drop-off station behind Guadalupe Resale Shop, which is located at 12980 Tamiami Trail North, Unit #10, in Naples. Guadalupe Resale Shop offers a FREE furniture pick-up service by calling 239-594-2696.

LEARN MORE: How and what to donate

– By Kat McNabb, Manager of Guadalupe Resale Shop

Minimalism: an interior design trend that helps you, nonprofits

Our closets are filled with stuff. Our garages are filled with stuff. Our bookshelves and drawers are filled with stuff. 

As Americans, it’s almost second nature to acquire stuff – clothing, books, souvenirs, knickknacks, wall artdishware and a multitude of personal items. 

Millennials began bucking the trend about five years ago, favoring experiences over belongings. Now, minimalism has become mainstream. Everyone from first-time homeowners to retirees are decluttering and simplifying their homesJust flip on the TV and you’re bound to stumble across a home improvement or redecorating show where hosts are emphasizing simplicity. 

Minimalism isn’t about removing every painting to reveal barren walls or tossing tchotchkes off the shelves. It’s about having the right balance. It’s about having items that speak to your tastes and personality. 

Essentially, it’s about having the right “stuff” at this particular point in your life. 

Unlike some extinct interior design trends, such as wall-to-wall carpeting and popcorn ceilingsCOVID-19 helped affirm that minimalism is here to stay. Here’s why: 

  • Stuff costs money: The pandemic taught us that economic situations might change at any moment. Stock market drops can wipe away retirement savings in the blink of an eye. No industry is recession- or pandemic-proof, even government jobs and those requiring college degrees. Going forward, consumers will be closely scrutinizing their expenditures and building rainy day funds. 
  • Stuff clutters living spaces: Florida’s “safer at home” order forced many professionals to work from home, only to find themselves less productive. That’s because our brains prefer order, and researchers say clutter creates distractions, stress and anxiety. It’s also difficult to unwind with stacks of dirty dishes in the sink or piles of dirty laundry in the bedroom. 
  • Stuff isn’t important: That snow globe you bought on sale or free bobblehead you got at the ballgame just take up space and collect dustUnlike family or health, many household objects aren’t important. You likely walk past dozens of items daily without even noticing their presence. 

Once you’ve made the decision to declutter, it’s time to formulate a plan of attack. 

(1) Schedule it

Set a date and time to inventory and clean each room in your home. Otherwise, procrastination can derail ambition.  

(2) Set parameters

When deciding which items to keep, first identify if you have a personal connection to an item, whether you have used or enjoyed it recently and whether it has any value. 

(3) Trash vs. donation

If you no longer need or want an item, would someone else? Only donate items that other people may consider purchasing. While it’s true that someone’s trash can be another person’s treasure, it’s also true that someone’s trash can be another person’s trash.  

(4) Find a cause

In Southwest Florida, many nonprofits operate resale shops and thrift stores that welcome donations, which ultimately are resold to generate support for programs and services. Local causes include education, hunger, employment, housing, religion and more. Donating higher-value items allows your organization of choice to sell items at higher prices, thus raising additional funds to support the mission. Plus, donations often are considered tax deductible. 

When you’re ready to jump on the minimalism trend, please consider donating quality furniture, home décor, artwork, kitchenware, lamps, linens, DVDs and CDs, books and more, as well as all types of new and gently used ladies and men’s clothing, including accessories such as jewelry, purses and nearly new shoes. Call ahead to make sure a nonprofit accepts the items you want to donate. 

Every donation and sale allows nonprofits to accomplish their goals and enhance our community. 

– By Kat McNabb, Manager of Guadalupe Resale Shop.

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Captivating sculpture finds new home, funds new educational opportunities

Bargain hunters recognize that resale stores offer opportunities to score great deals on furniture, clothing and accessories.

Now, art collectors are experiencing the same sense of euphoria when visiting Guadalupe Resale Shop in North Naples.

Recently, a generous supporter donated a prized sculpture by renowned hyperrealist artist Marc Sijan. “Janet,” the name given by her donors, was part of Sijan’s Standing Barefoot collection and was as lifelike as they come, right down to flesh tones, freckles, eyelashes and skin imperfections.

Guadalupe Resale ShopGuadalupe Resale Shop positioned Janet at the front entrance so shoppers could appreciate the beautiful work of art. One of those admirers was Aldo Castillo, an international art curator who recently opened a new gallery on Fifth Avenue South in Naples. Castillo is quite familiar with Sijan’s work, noting that some of his sculptures have sold for upwards of $30,000 to $40,000

“I have traveled the world and know what really good artwork looks like, and this piece is spectacular,” Castillo said.

Many of Sijan’s works are nudes. Castillo said this sculpture is rare in that she’s fully clothed and was well-preserved by her former owners.

This isn’t the first time an art aficionado has found treasure at Guadalupe Resale Shop. Last year, art collector Ron Woods purchased an original oil painting by S. Lewiston depicting a Venetian canal bordered by Italian villas. The painting was later appraised for $2,000 and ultimately made its way to Canada, where it’s now the centerpiece of a senior living facility’s library and conservatory.

“It’s not unusual to find a treasure in a store like Guadalupe Resale Shop,” Castillo said. “People in Naples donate some very nice things.”

Those “nice things” are then resold, helping to fund educational programs that serve more than 1,400 students annually.

“Higher-end donations like the Marc Sijan sculpture ultimately mean we’ll be able to create additional educational opportunities for students in Immokalee,” said Bob Spano, vice president of programs at Guadalupe Center. “Both donors and customers at the Resale Shop are having a tremendous impact on our programs, our students and our community.”

It’s estimated that the sculpture’s sale will allow Guadalupe Center to outfit a preschool class with music and art supplies for an entire school year.

In addition to artwork, the Resale Shop accepts donations of quality furniture, home décor, kitchenware, lamps, linens, DVDs and CDs, books and more, as well as all types of new and gently used ladies and men’s clothing, including accessories such as jewelry, purses and nearly new shoes.

Donors can claim tax deductions because Guadalupe Center is a nonprofit.

Meanwhile, Castillo said buyers also have a financial incentive to purchase high-end pieces of artwork.

“People buy art for their enjoyment, but it’s also a wise investment,” Castillo said. “Unlike real estate or the stock market, artwork generally does not lose its value.”

Castillo didn’t begin his relationship with Guadalupe Resale Shop as a shopper. He started as a donor, dropping off household items and clothing. While the location was convenient, Castillo said the cause captured his support.

“I believe in their mission,” Castillo said. “Guadalupe Center is providing an education that will change the lives of these children.”

Guadalupe Resale Shop is located at 12980 Tamiami Trail N., Unit 10, in Naples. The showroom is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For more information, please call 239-594-2696.

High-Quality Donations = High-Quality Education

Janet was quite the looker. 

Recent visitors to Guadalupe Resale Shop couldn’t help but notice beautiful woman standing by the front door. The prized sculpture by renowned “hyper realist” artist Marc Sijan, part of his Standing Barefoot collection, was as lifelike as they come, right down to flesh tones, freckles, eyelashes and skin imperfections. 

Art aficionados immediately took note of Janet, the name given by her donors. Research showSijan’s work often fetches five-figure sums when sold through art dealers. 

Janet was a high-quality donation, and high-quality donations help fund a high-quality education for the students of Immokalee. Revenue at Guadalupe Resale Shop infuses financial support into Guadalupe Center in Immokalee, which offers a nationally accredited Early Childhood Education Program, After-school Tutoring & Summer Enrichment Program and college-preparatory Tutor Corps Program. 

Janet sold in late August to Aldo Castillo, an international art curator who recently opened a gallery on Fifth Avenue South in Naples. Proceeds from that sale can provide an entire preschool class with creative arts and music resources for the year. Or it can sponsor child and his or her parents for the Smart Start Program, which shows parents how to facilitate in-home learning and ensure that children are reaching age-appropriate developmental milestones. Or it can allow Guadalupe Center to purchase an in-class educational system like LEGO kits for STEM lessons. 

Guadalupe Resale Shop has been blessed with an amazingly generous base of regular donors who have given entire living room and bedroom sets, oak cabinets, stylish apparel, one-of-a-kind pieces of artwork and home décor. High-quality items don’t sit on the showroom floor very long. Each sale represents another opportunity to support children whose lives are being transformed through Guadalupe Center, which has a mission of breaking the cycle of poverty through education for the children of Immokalee.  

Many well-meaning donors have asked what constitutes a “high-quality donation.” Customers are advised to ask themselves, “Is this something I would give to a friend?” If the answer is yes, then typically that item will have a good value in the resale market. If the answer is no, however, then it’s not likely someone would purchase it, either.  

To advise customers on how to truly make an impact on a child’s life, Guadalupe Resale Shop offers the following guidelines for donors: 

  • Will acceptLike-new furniture, home décor, kitchenware, artwork, lamps, linens, DVDs and CDs, books and all types of ladies and men’s clothing, including accessories such as jewelry, purses and nearly new shoes.  
  • Will not accept: Electronics, used household appliances, mattresses, children’s clothing and toys, baby equipment, gardening tools, light fixtures, ceiling fans, armoires, entertainment centers and exercise equipment. 

Guadalupe Resale Shop is located at 12980 Tamiami Trail N., Unit 10 in Naples. The showroom is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays; donations are accepted 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. For more information, please visit GuadalupeCenter.org or call 239-594-2696. 

Teens fill the volunteer void as seniors wait out COVID-19

Volunteers play a critical role in helping charitable organizations carry out their missions. 

At Guadalupe Resale Shop, for example, more than 100 dedicated volunteers process donations, price items, stock shelves and assist customers. Their hard work helps the Resale Shop generate revenue to support education programs at Guadalupe Center in Immokalee. 

Many volunteers at the Resale Shop, as well as nonprofits across our community, are retirees. While we appreciate their assistance, seniors are a high-risk group that the CDC is urging to limit their outside interactions to protect against COVID-19. Meanwhile, seasonal residents who volunteer have returned north for the summer. 

So who is stepping up to fill their shoes as nonprofits continue serving those in need? 

Teenagers have answered the call at Guadalupe Resale Shop. This summer, a number of students in Guadalupe Center’s college-preparatory Tutor Corps Program – including Diyanara GalvanGisselle Hernandez, Karina MuñozRosaura Munoz-Luna and Olivia Vazquez-Reyes – have been traveling from Immokalee to Naples, where they’re helping to fill the volunteer void. 

“Tutor Corps students typically can earn wages through Guadalupe Center during the summer months by tutoring children, but our programs have been closed because of COVID-19,” said Sheila Oxx, director of the Tutor Corps Program. “Instead, we are providing them professional, paid positions that offer opportunities to learn how to run a retail business and nonprofit at the same time.” 

Students, each clad in a protective face mask, have assumed traditional volunteer duties inside the showroom. They’re also responsible for creating a safe shopping experience for supporters. 

“I chose to work at the Resale Shop because it provides benefits for those that need it in my own community,” said Muñoz, a 2020 graduate of Immokalee High School and incoming freshman at Florida SouthWestern State College. 

“I decided to take this opportunity to experience something new and give back to the community as well,” added Galvan, a rising senior at Immokalee High School. 

Proceeds from sales at the Resale Shop have allowed Guadalupe Center to continue growing its nationally accredited Early Childhood Education Program, After-school Tutoring & Summer Enrichment Program and Tutor Corps Program. Guadalupe Center’s mission is to break the cycle of poverty through education for the children of Immokalee. 

In a sense, these students are giving back to an organization that is giving back to them. Their investment of time is an investment in their own futures. Skills they are learning at the Resale Shop, like professionalism, customer service, time management, organization and accounting, are the same skills they’ll bring to college and ultimately into their careers. 

Volunteers are the lifeblood of any organization, and as seniors heed advice to limit their interactions, it’s incumbent upon others within our community to rise to the challenge. These five hardworking teenagers have allowed the Resale Shop to remain in operation, and thus, continue providing financial support to Guadalupe Center. 

Guadalupe Resale Shop– By Kat McNabb, manager of Guadalupe Resale Shop

Guadalupe Resale Shop to host Fashion Show on March 15 to benefit education programs at Guadalupe Center

Guadalupe Resale Shop, long known as a destination for both fashion- and budget-conscious shoppers, will host a Fashion Show and Private Sale Event on March 15 to reveal the latest trends and styles while generating support for educational programs at Guadalupe Center.

Models will be sporting new designer and name-brand fashions that will be available on the racks at the Resale Shop after the Fashion Show, including bridal, wedding and cocktail dresses, as well as business attire, formalwear, casual attire and accessories. Love of Lace Bridal Shop donated new bridal, wedding and cocktail dresses.

The Fashion Show begins at 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 15 at Guadalupe Resale Shop, 12980 Tamiami Trail North, Suite 10, in Naples. The Resale Shop will be closed to the public on March 15, offering Fashion Show attendees an exclusive opportunity to browse the boutique’s expanded selection of apparel and accessories at the Private Sale Event.

Tickets to the Fashion Show are $10 per person and available online at GuadalupeCenter.org/events or at the Resale Shop. Door prizes and refreshments will be available.

“The quality of our merchandise rivals that of an independent boutique, and we thought a Fashion Show would be a great way to showcase the type of apparel and accessories that customers can purchase here on a daily basis,” said manager Kat McNabb.

Proceeds from the Fashion Show will support Guadalupe Center, which serves more than 1,300 students annually through its Early Childhood Education Program, After-school & Summer Enrichment Program and Tutor Corps Program. The nonprofit’s mission is to break the cycle of poverty through education for the children of Immokalee. Any apparel not sold at the Fashion Show will be available to the public on March 16.

For more information, please call Guadalupe Resale Shop at 239-594-2696 or visit GuadalupeCenter.org.