Bargain shoppers, take note. Jim Thorpe's first women's consignment shop opens this weekend. The Lavender Closet, located at 30 River St. in Jim Thorpe, will hold its grand opening this Saturday, May 19 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The store features new and gently used women's clothing of all sizes, including summer dresses and evening wear, casual and office attire, jeans, shoes, and handbags.

"I love consignment shops. I'm always seeking them out," said owner Nancy Beers, a lifelong resident of Jim Thorpe. She thought the east side of Jim Thorpe, with its mix of residential and commercial areas, would be a good place to allow area women to purchase and sell their new or gently used clothing.

"Women are always looking for things on sale," she said. "We have a good selection of clothes that are brand new, with the tags still on, or slightly worn. I have a good assortment of designer labels and store brands."

The store's inventory changes quarterly with the seasons, although new items will be available as they are brought in. Consignment sellers are encouraged to call for an appointment to drop off clothing. All items should be clean, pressed, and ready for resale. Sale items cannot be more than two years old.

"I will keep things as reasonably priced as possible, so that people can feel that they're getting a great bargain," she added. "We're trying to make it a fun place."

Consignors will be paid quarterly. At the end of each quarter, as the Lavender Closet changes its inventory to reflect the current season, consignors will be asked to retrieve their items that have not sold. They will have the option of picking up their merchandise or allowing Beers to donate the items to charity.

"They can make some money on things that might otherwise be taking up room in their closet or end up in the trash," said Beers. "Environmentally and economically, I think it will benefit everyone."

Hours of operation are currently 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, but are subject to change to meet customer needs.

For more information about the Lavender Closet or to request a consignment appointment, call (570) 732-4455.