This spring, low-income mothers at the Children's Home/Chambliss Shelter will receive $12,000 worth of high-end clothing donated by Alice Blue Boutique owner and North Chattanooga resident Kim Hobson.
She said the store, which opened in Riverview in March 2011, had several boxes of unsold clothing left over from that spring. Hobson said her options were to sell it at 50 to 60 percent off regular price in her store, box them up in storage or give them away.
"I felt like, what's the point of holding onto these clothes? I might as well donate them to somebody who could use them," she said.
Although the Children's Home/Chambliss Shelter has a resale shop, she requested the clothing be given away to the shelter's clients as opposed to being sold.
"I just wanted to donate it to women who could wear it that may not normally have the opportunity to have clothes that are nice," said Hobson, who plans to make another donation of leftover clothing from this season to either Children's Home/Chambliss Shelter, Northside Neighborhood House or another organization serving low-income women. "I wanted to find someone in town who could use them. A benefit to having a store in town is being able to give back to people who need it in the community."
Although not free, Alice Blue will offer regular shoppers deep discounts during the upcoming Boutique Warehouse Sale at SPACE in Warehouse Row beginning Thursday, March 1 with a preview party from 6-8 p.m. and continuing Friday and Saturday, March 2-3 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days.