PLATTSBURGH — Winter in the North Country can be difficult without the right clothes.
Fortunately, sisters Lori and Julie Woodley are helping people keep comfortable.
Julie owns and operates DressCode, a consignment shop at 17 Bridge St., and the clothes that she doesn’t sell are donated to organizations such as the Adirondack Humane Society’s thrift shop, One Worksource, the Joint Council for Economic Opportunity Community Outreach program and St. Mary’s Mission Center in Champlain.
Lori is the one who sorts and distributes clothes to these organizations and to local families going through hard times.
“It’s my mission to make sure to that these clothes are not thrown into a landfill or inaccessible to people who need them,” Lori said.
DressCode sells apparel and accessories on consignment — the people who bring them in are given 40 percent of the purchase price. However, a large amount of items do not fit the tastes of its customers and cannot be sold.
Rather than watch those items get thrown away, Lori works to make sure they go to people who need them the most.
“Sometimes people do not have a dime, and they need jeans, a shirt and some sneakers. They are clothes that people do not want, and I find people that want them,” she said.
Unsaleable garb at DressCode used to go to The Basement, a companion store that had been located beneath the Bargaineer, also on Bridge Street. But The Basement closed in April.
The process has become more fine-tuned over the ensuing months — Lori now keeps a list of sizes and clothing articles that local families need.
She said some people need a suit and a tie to find a job and get back on their feet, and others need winter coats.
“I see clothes now and think, ‘Oh I know who would want that.’”