WellesleyWeston Magazine


Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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150 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 5 Adrian Proll (above) and Orry Costello staff the consignment shop operated by the Women's Community League of Weston (WCL). B E T H F U R M A N volunteering community service helping out doing our part contributions neighbor to neighbor philanthropy Live Local, Give Local: Weston's Clothing Exchange "Once people come in, they always come back." C A R O LY N S . E L L I S writer good works "just because this is Weston doesn't mean there aren't needs," says Orry Costello, boutique manager at Weston's Clothing Exchange. "There are people in Weston who lose their jobs and have a hard time meeting their mortgages or sending their kids to college." For 40 years Costello has addressed these needs by working at the consignment shop operated by the Women's Community League of Weston (WCL). Located in the Barn at the historic Josiah Smith Tavern in Weston Center, the Clothing Exchange is open on Tuesdays, September through May, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Shoppers can find like-new, gently worn clothing for women, men, and children, as well as jewelry and accessories and small vintage and antique household items. Designer racks often hold Burberry, Armani, and Ralph Lauren, jeans by The Sevens and J Brand, and outerwear by Patagonia and North Face. Merchandise is taken in for each season and mark-downs keep things moving, so offerings are always fresh. The Clothing Exchange was established by WCL members in the 1940s when clothing, especially children's articles, were hard to come by during World War II. This was an era when women, based at home and denied careers in the workplace, created organizations to meet

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