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2013 as a dream job to help women like herself find the right clothes for their unique body type. "When they leave my store they feel good about what they purchased and how it looks on them," Melissa said. In addition to plus-sized clothing, Curvy Closet is one of the few stores that offers a excel- lent mix of gently used and new clothing. Melissa said about 60% of her clothing and accessories are consignment and the rest are new. "When I first opened I thought I would run out of clothes because there wouldn't be enough to fill the store," Melissa said. "I can't think of a time when the store wasn't full and we do a really good consignment business." Melissa said she has online retailers to thank for most of her consignment because most plus size women who buy online are inevitably disap- pointed when the clothes they clicked into their shopping cart are too tight in the wrong places. Just like her caring personality, Melissa is gener- ous with her more than 800 consignment part- ners. She gives them nearly half (40%) of every sale to spread the cheer to those helping keep her shelves stocked. "It has to be good, quality clothing but I want women to find things they like without always hav- ing to buy brand new," she said. "We sell a lot of one-time purchases such as a mother of the bride dress, holiday dresses and [items for] special events like costume parties or themed parties." Blouses at the store range f rom $19 to $30 and dresses f rom $30 to $35. She carries brand names like Torrid, Lane Bryant and Maurices. She also carries new and consignment purses such as Montana West concealment purses, and brand name shoes. For more information on e Curvy Closet, call store owner Melissa Andrade at (559) 713-1033. "We have a great supply of holiday dresses that are perfect for a professional office party or a night out with f riends," Melissa said. Top: The Curvy Closet in Visalia offers a wide selection of both new and consignment clothing, such as blouses. Left: Owner Melissa An- drade also sells accessories, including the popular concealment purse line f rom Montana West. 10 M I N E R A L K I N G P U B L I S H I N G , I N C . F S G N E W S . C O M

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