My Sister’s Closet Boutique
301 North Street
Batavia, NY 14020
The primary mission of My Sister’s Closet Boutique is to provide quality and affordable clothing to women who are entering or re-entering the job market.
The shop is open to the public.
Proceeds assist the YWCA Domestic Violence Crisis and Prevention Services Program.
Consider donating your gently used children’s clothing and women’s:
YWCA of Genesee County is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization (employer identification number 16-0771077). Your donations are fully tax-deductible to the extent allowable by law.
In 1996, the idea of a women’s shop featuring pre-owned clothing became real. YWCA staff members, Sandy Funke and Linda Olson, developed a volunteer-based program from what had originally been planned as a grant-funded opportunity. A committee was formed and enthusiasm for the project grew.
The Daily News provided a photo and story to explain the YWCA’s need for clothing and volunteers. There were 18 interested and eager women at the first volunteer recruitment meeting. Clothing racks, hangers, a display counter, and other useful items were gathered. My Sister’s Closet Boutique opened for business in March 1996.
The number of volunteers, donations, and customers grew, and by 2005, the original location became overcrowded. My Sister’s Closet Boutique re-opened in newly refurbished and larger quarters but even that space eventually became too crowded. Another move in 2007 finally provided the shop with adequate floor space for displaying clothing, plus two large work areas, good natural lighting, and a better location in the YWCA building.