Teen Boutique

The Sharing Shelf of FSW, Westchester’s clothing bank for children, hosts its Teen Boutique twice a year. The event is a free, one-day shopping boutique for girls ages 13-19, from families in financial need.

Teen girls are invited to Teen Boutique by social service agencies, schools, food pantries and community groups. Each girl is invited to choose and take home a week’s worth of clothing from thousands of donated clothing items, as well as shoes and accessories. Everything we offer is screened before the event for quality and we offer only items that are new or gently worn and age appropriate. Since our first event in November 2012, we’ve hosted 11 events serving over 1,500 teen girls from throughout Westchester and distributing nearly 40,000 items.

The Sharing Shelf organizes Teen Boutique twice a year – November and April – in conjunction with volunteers and community groups.

If you would like to get involved please email Program Director, Deborah Blatt, at thesharingshelf@fsw.org.

Teen Boutique will take place Saturday, November 16th at the Boys & Girls Club of New Rochelle in partnership with the Junior League of Westchester on the Sound.

Get Involved!

Organize a Clothing drive:

Drop-off by October 15th, 2019.

Collect new and gently used fall and winter clothing for teen girls.

  • We have an acute need for clothing in teen styles/adult sizes L and XL and pants in women’s sizes 12-20 (waist size 30 and higher).
  • If you organize a drive, please let us know. We can provide you with informational flyers and answer any questions.
  • Visit your favorite store and ask their employees to collect their own clothes. Offer to pick up their donations and bring them to The Sharing Shelf

Collect/Donate New Socks and New Underwear

We strive to provide each girl with new underwear and new socks. We need underwear sizes teen/adult XS through teen/adult L and socks to fit shoe size adult 6 through 11.

Create/Collect/Donate Toiletry and Feminine Hygiene Kits

We provide each teen with a bag filled with full-sized shampoo, conditioner, soap, toothpaste, deodorant and a toothbrush. We also give each girl the option to choose a package of tampons or sanitary pads.

Ideas how to help

  • Sign up to work at the table outside Stratton Pharmacy in Scarsdale in October. They will order the supplies and you can solicit local shoppers to “buy” and fill toiletry bags for Teen Boutique. To volunteer, email Deborah Blatt at thesharingshelf@fsw.org.
  • Bring your friends or colleagues together to fill toiletry bags. Feel free to include an inspirational card or note.

Volunteer in our warehouse to help prepare:

Now through November 13

  • Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays  9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Most Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
  • Various Saturday mornings (times vary, usually 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)
  • Special evening can be arranged for groups
  • To volunteer: email thesharingshelf@fsw.org

Guidelines Volunteering for Teen Boutique

Teen Boutique event:

  • All volunteers for Teen Boutique itself must be women who are at least 18 years old and no longer in high school.
  • All volunteers must commit to a complete 3-hour shift. We welcome and encourage you to sign up for more than one shift.
  • Volunteers must sign a waiver.

Teen Boutique Moving Day/Set-Up/Clean-Up:

  • All youth volunteers must be a least 13 years old;
  • Volunteers 13-14 years old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who actively volunteers with them (not in groups);
  • Volunteers must sign a waiver and, for those under 18, we need a waiver signed by a parent or guardian.

Volunteer Shifts

Moving Day: Thursday, November 14th,  3:30 – 5:00 p.m.  

Volunteers are needed to load clothing at the warehouse in Port Chester

(3:00 – 4:15 p.m.), drive the clothing to the Boys & Girls Club of New Rochelle then unload. (4:00 – 5:00 p.m.)

  • We appreciate drivers with SUVs and minivans
  • Great opportunity for sports teams and clubs

Set Up: Friday, November 15th, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.

All volunteering will be at the Boys & Girls Club of New Rochelle.

  • Volunteers are needed to set up the event by hanging and displaying clothing, shoes and accessories.

Teen Boutique: Saturday, November 16th, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

All volunteering will be at the Boys & Girls Club of New Rochelle.

  • Finalize setup
    • 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
      • Open to volunteers 14 and older (with waiver forms)
    • Teen Boutique event

Shift may include set up and take down components and space is limited. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and no longer in high school.

Spanish speakers are very helpful.

  • 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
  • Take down and clean up the event
    • 3:00 – 5 p.m.
      • Open to volunteers 13 – 18 years old (with waiver forms)
    • Help clean up
      • Saturday, November 16th from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
        • Volunteers with vans and SUVs are greatly appreciated. Volunteers must be at least 13 years old.

Sunday, November 17th – 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Help with set-up, running and clean-up Tag Sale to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of New Rochelle and The Sharing Shelf.