Progress: A Local Resale Shop
By: Angela Montague
Imagine: a store with unique styles, generous prices, and enjoyable people. What more could you ask for? Believe it or not the image of this perfect store is not a dream anymore. This can become reality by visiting Progress, an urban style resale store! Luckily, Progress is located in Garwood, which conveniently is Cranford’s backyard.
Progress was founded by Trisha Caminos, a loving wife, a mother of three, and a Cranford citizen. Impressively, Mrs. Caminos created this store entirely by herself. One might ask, “how could a single person tackle such a difficult challenge?” Mrs. Caminos explains that her reasoning for establishing her store was chiefly because of her obsession with thrift shops.
She explains, “I knew I wasn’t the only one who was interested in thrift stores. I was definitely scared at first, but I never doubted myself.”
I admire Mrs. Caminos’ determination and confidence. Her great style and creativity shows through the store’s beautiful set up and decorations.
Mrs.. Caminos describes Progress as, “very special because the store itself is done completely with reused things, which shows beauty in the old and recycled items.”
What was once an old, vacant gas station is now a lovely boutique with a sleek, New York City look.
Progress has a very easy to learn system when it comes to purchasing and receiving items. What I found most amazing about the structure is that the seller can choose which way they wish to benefit from selling their items. Yes, that means the seller profits from giving away their unwanted items! The seller can either receive thirty percent store credit or fifteen percent cash for what the amount the items are sold for.
It is important to note that Progress will only purchase new, barely worn, or slightly used clothing and jewelry from any individual. Mrs. Caminos hand picks her items from a variety of unique places and also depends on resellers to sell her more beautiful pieces. Progress’ flair can be described as trendy, vintage, and in-style.
One can often find Progress lit up and filled with excitement at late hours of the night. Mrs. Caminos has held events out of her shop like fashion shows and “Mom’s Night Out.” I was lucky enough to experience one of her fashion shows and it inspired me to pursue a career in the fashion industry. I had a great time admiring the beautiful models and trendy styles.
What makes Progress different from other small shops is the story behind it. Amazingly, one woman had a vision and took that image and made it a reality. Mrs. Caminos, a determined business woman with a sense of style, has inspired myself and many others to pursue dreams and to never doubt yourself. Progress is not only a trendy, stylish resale shop with impressive deals, but also a place where one can be inspired to pursue their dreams.