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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The intergenerational team of Orry Costello and Adrian Proll staff the boutique. Here one can find sterling silver and 14-karat gold jewelry, snazzy vintage and costume pieces, handbags with labels like Furla and Chanel, fur and leather garments, and "rare finds," household items with style and charm that fit on a tabletop. They like to say, you find the dress and we'll help you find the jewelry, scarf, and handbag to go with it. Costello joined the Clothing Exchange 40 years ago when her five children were small and her growing son needed one blue blazer after another. Proll joined WCL's Newcomers group six years ago when she and her family moved to Weston. She liked the idea of the Service and Scholarship Fund and wanted to get involved. When she visited the Clothing Exchange, she says, "I discovered another generation, women whose perspective is steeped in recent, local history. We have a dia- mond in the rough here." In a catalogue or mall store, shoppers know what they will see, and inventory is almost unlimited. With the Clothing Exchange, it's the thrill of the hunt for one-of-a-kind items, for a $500 pair of designer shoes marked $50, a stuffing spoon for Thanksgiving dinner, or a funky item one can repurpose. It's easy to create a personal style or Weston seniors who need cheering, or raising funds through the November pie sale or a holiday house tour, "We're there for each other," Costello says. Weston residents can donate or consign season-appropriate cloth- ing at the Barn on Tuesdays. Marsha Darvin works at the marking table and manages merchandise intake. When her daughter went to college several years ago, leaving her mother with an empty nest and a closet full of clothes, Darvin headed to the Clothing Exchange. "Someone asked that day if I would like to volunteer," she recalls. "I sat down at the table in the marking room, and I've been here on Tuesdays ever since." 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 5 154 "rare finds" good works Jane Barron (right) volunteers her time at the Clothing Exchange (left). P H O T O S B Y B E T H F U R M A N

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