The three sisters––Ann and Jenny Siner and Tess Loo––give, give and give.
Their Arizona-based Eco-Chic Consignments Inc. is a trio of high-end designer consignment stores: My Sister’s Closet (recycled designer apparel and accessories for women); My Sister’s Attic (recycled home furnishings); and Well Suited (men’s apparel).
Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, My Sister’s Closet has become a $25-plus million business with 15 stores in the Valley and San Diego and Encinitas, California.
Two years ago, the sisters added My Sisters’ Charities Thrift Store at The Fulton Promenade, 4985 S. Alma School Road, Chandler.
The for-profit consignment stores contribute revenue, manpower and unsold merchandise for My Sister’s Charities Foundation, a Chandler-based nonprofit includes the thrift store. The store employs three and has one volunteer.
Jenny, an Ahwatukee resident, and Ann started My Sister’s Closet in 1991.
“We decided we could create our own resale store that didn’t look like other less desirable resale stores,” said Ann. That first store opened at Town & Country Shopping Center at 20th Street and Camelback Road in Phoenix, and the company expanded with the other locations.
“We’ve watched how other consignment stores throw out merchandise or store it in warehouses, and we didn’t want to do that, so we came up with the idea for the Chandler thrift store and for donating all of its proceeds to charity,” she added.
Each of their Arizona and California locations sells consigned items at 60−90 percent below retail value. Those items that do not sell in the consignment stores are trucked to the Chandler thrift store and in California to the Rancho Coastal Humane Society’s thrift store in Encinitas.
And, if items don’t sell at the Chandler thrift store, where they are $1 to $10 with no sales tax, they are sold to a Valley recycler. These proceeds and all net profits from sales at the nonprofit Chandler thrift store are donated to Valley nonprofits, after the sisters expense rent, insurance, employee pay and utilities.
In late August, Ann and Jenny, for instance, collected 186 bags of clothes and accessories from the Lincoln Village Store in Scottsdale and delivered them to the Chandler thrift store; they estimated that those bags can raise $25,000 for the nonprofit community.
And, employees at the My Sister’s Closet Desert Village at Pinnacle Peak, also in Scottsdale, gathered 205 bags and the Town & Country Phoenix location 147 bags, with everything going to the three Arizona Humane Society thrift stores in the Valley, including one in Tempe.
The company donates at least three to six truckloads every week to all of the charity thrift stores, including theirs.
“In addition to raising so much money to help our community, our thrift store also gives people the opportunity to buy great clothing and home goods for as little as a buck or two,” Jenny said.
In the first six months after opening the Chandler thrift store, the company netted more than $70,000 for charities. And in 2015, their total charitable giving exceeded $200,000, Ann said.
In 2016, the company has donated $12,000 to Fresh Start Women’s Foundation, $30,000-plus for Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center (SWCC) to protect the Mexican Grey Wolves as well as other sums. My Sisters’ Charities also has a Dinner With Wolves event every year to benefit SWCC and Defenders of Wildlife.
The Arizona Nature Conservancy received $30,000-plus in 2015. Other regular beneficiaries are Animal Defense League of Arizona, Banner Alzheimer’s Foundation, Friends of Animal Care and Control, HALO Animal Rescue, the Phoenix Art Museum and, a favorite, the Arizona Humane Society.
“My Sister’s Closet provides AHS with a large volume of in-kind donations, ranging from clothing and home decor to accessories and home furnishings, which we are then able to sell in our own thrift stores, with the proceeds going back to AHS’ lifesaving programs and services,” said Bretta Nelson, public relations manager for the Arizona Humane Society. “Since 2010, this partnership and friendship has helped countless number of pets go on to live wonderful lives.”
“I love wildlife and preserving our country’s nature, I love animals like children, and, of course, we have to look out for each other with the women’s causes,” said Jenny, who was born in Colorado Springs, attended Arizona State University as an undergraduate and now enjoys the Ahwatukee lifestyle.
“My sisters and I have always volunteered and tried to help the community,” Ann said. “There are so many worthy organizations out there to support, and we are very proud to be able to help many of them help people and animals toward better lives.”