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Rebecca Boles, wardrobe consultant at the Magic Closet, helps Christine Smith, 57, find the right outfit Feb. 24 at the Magic Closet. Boles had Smith extend her arms to see how the length of a blue blazer fit while trying to find the right one. Boles was able to find a black blazer that fit on the second try. Photo by Wally Perez

Rebecca Boles, wardrobe consultant at the Magic Closet, helps Christine Smith, 57, find the right outfit Feb. 24 at the Magic Closet. Boles had Smith extend her arms to see how the length of a blue blazer fit while trying to find the right one. Boles was able to find a black blazer that fit on the second try. Photo by Wally Perez

Christine Smith, 57, watches as Rebecca Boles, wardrobe consultant at the Magic Closet, browses the selection and makes recommendations. Smith has been to the boutique once before and loves the help they offer women who need assistance acquiring a professional outfit. She left with a blazer, a blouse, slacks and shoes. Photo by Wally Perez

Christine Smith, 57, watches as Rebecca Boles, wardrobe consultant at the Magic Closet, browses the selection and makes recommendations. Smith has been to the boutique once before and loves the help they offer women who need assistance acquiring a professional outfit. She left with a blazer, a blouse, slacks and shoes. Photo by Wally Perez

By Christie Tavera

sac-ranger@alamo.edu

Today from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., kick off Women’s History Month by shopping at the Magic Closet at Main Avenue and Locust Street in portable Building 301.

Twice a year students are invited to the $5 Fill-A-Bag sales event.

Not only can you find everyday school clothing and gear, but also learn about the professional services Magic Closet offers to students every semester.

Magic Closet is an on-campus thrifty boutique that helps build a professional wardrobe for potential job interviews and networking events.

 Illustration by Estefania B. Alonso

Illustration by Estefania B. Alonso

Founded 18 years ago, the Magic Closet powered by Network Power/Texas, set out on a “mission” to help women dress to impress as they transitioned from college to career.

With support from the Alamo Colleges and the surrounding professional community, the Magic Closet collects donations year-round for the store.

“The idea was to collect gently worn professional attire from our professional women supporters to supply upcoming women students their attire for interviews,” said volunteer and supporter Mamie Campbell.

Campbell, a graduate of this college whose experience in retail spans three decades, presented the idea at a meeting conducted at The Magic Time Machine; hence, the name Magic Closet.

“We celebrate women’s history month all year-round through our fundraising efforts that go toward our scholarships,” Campbell added in phone interview.

While you shop today, students are encouraged to stop and visit with either Campbell or other board members from Network Power/Texas who are helping in today’s $5 Fill-A-Bag promotion.

“While in school, women need to lend themselves not just to the academic world, but they need to interact with people that give them the polished image and networking etiquette,” Campbell advised.

Campbell is also excited about the Magic Closet partnering with the continuing education department to help prepare women in professional development.

Because the Magic Closet operates with the help of community volunteers, students are asked to schedule appointments by calling 210-219-1285. Today’s sales event is the exception.

Faculty and community professionals are also encouraged to schedule donation drop offs by calling the same number.

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