TRUE is an acronym. It stands for Totally Recycled Urban Exchange.
When I worked in salon sales, I walked by this store often, but assumed it was a hipster boutique based on the sign and merchandise I saw on the outside rack. “Too fancy for me,” I thought. Thankfully, my friend, Mary, showed me otherwise. It IS hip. And it IS a boutique. But it’s a hip second-hand boutique and priced just right for me!
The merchandising game is strong at True Weave. It was the store’s sharp visual presence that fooled me into thinking it was out of my league. Outside the store, you’ll find a sale rack, cleverly displayed accessories, and tempting ensembles. Inside, the items are grouped by type and accented with chandeliers, creatively styled mannequins, and an armoire overflowing with shoes and scarves.
Although there were a few new items, most of the offerings are second-hand. The selection is mostly for adult women. The items are arranged in a boutique-y manner – not the simplest to shop, but stimulating to the eye. About half of the offerings are arranged by type and then size.
I did enjoy the “Staff Picks” and “Fabulous Finds” racks.
What stood out was the great number of shoes and PLUS SIZES! The number two barrier I hear from readers to thrift shopping is that there aren’t enough larger sizes represented. At True Weave, there are multiple racks dedicated to generous sizes.
A few of my favorite items as I browsed:
Let’s try on!
Spoiler: I loved everything except the khaki dress. Both the color and the fit were unflattering. I found myself belting it and considering dyeing it before realizing that was way too much work!
The prices were reasonable, but not dirt cheap. The items I tried on (and purchased) were priced as follows:
Forever 21 pink sweater – $5.98
Old Navy striped dress – $6.98
XOXO pleather jacket – $14.98
DKNY Jeans velvet blazer – $7.98
I was not shopping on a sale day. The store does offer a discount to government employees (but not veterans/military) and often has sales. I signed up for the rewards program and now get texted coupons and sale alerts. The most recent sale was 50% off, store-wide on September 30th. If the prices put you off, wait for a sale, or visit one of the discount racks:
The selection at True Weave is clean, damage-free, and on-trend. The proceeds benefit programs and services that empower survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. I’ll be back for the next sale (Columbus Day? Halloween? Black Friday?) I hope to see you there, too!
I’ve worn all four of my True Weave purchases. You can read the full outfit post if you click on the image.
P.S. What do you think of the new “Come Thrifting with Me” format?