NCJW/Essex Career Closet receives handbag donations

Photo Courtesy of NCJW/Essex
Career Closet Co-chairwoman Beverly Trust, left, speaks with Mary Ricciuto, store manager of Brighton Collectibles in Short Hills.

SHORT HILLS, NJ — The Career Closet, a program of the Linda and Rudy Slucker NCJW/Essex Center for Women, was the recipient of a special trade-in event at the fashion accessories store Brighton Collectibles that took place from July 13 to 22. This is the seventh year the Brighton Collectibles store at the Mall at Short Hills participated in this event with the Career Closet being the recipient.

“Brighton is to be commended for its support of women entering the workforce who are faced with the financial challenge of having interview and work appropriate clothing,” Career Closet Co-chairwoman Beverly Trust said. “This is really a wonderful thing for the NCJW/Essex Career Closet.”

Brighton offered $25 to $50 off new handbags when buyers traded in their own gently-used handbags. The gently-used handbags were then donated to the Career Closet. This year the Career Closet received 75 handbags from the annual 10-day event.

Volunteers at the NCJW/Essex Career Closet, located in Livingston, serve as personal shoppers to assist women in obtaining career attire and accessories appropriate for the workplace.

Mary Ricciuto, store manager at Brighton Collectibles, said that throughout the year Brighton For Good partners with organizations at both the local and national level to give back to communities in a variety of ways. “By donating a gently used handbag at the Handbag Trade-In event, a woman in need is given a small luxury that others may take for granted,” she said. “Both Brighton Collectibles and the NCJW/Essex Career Closet benefit from this wonderful collaboration.”

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