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Back-to-school boutique offers new and like-new clothing


About five years ago, Hannah Sexton decided she wanted to do something for some of her peers who didn’t have the same good fortune she and many of her friends enjoyed.

And, while she couldn’t do a lot to change some of those circumstances, there was one of them she thought she could help with.

Something near and dear to most teenage girls – clothes. That’s when Hannah’s Boutique was born.

On Aug. 25 and 26, the back-to-school boutique will open its doors for the fifth year to tween and teen girls to shop for new and like-new clothes and accessories donated by countless Doylestown-area families for those in need.

Hosted by NOVA Thrift Shop at 2116 Broad St. in Perkasie, the special boutique will be open from 9 a.m. to noon on the 25th and from 5:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. on the 26th.

“We have so many clothes,” said Allison Gallant, 17, who took over the reins of the project this year, as Hannah is now attending Brown University.

The racks and racks of fashionable clothing and accessories will be sold at greatly discounted prices, even less than the thrift store prices, ”so girls can get as much as they can,” explained Allison, a student at Central Bucks East High School.

“I love it. I am so excited,” she said. “Once you see how happy they are, the confidence they have walking out with new clothes, it’s great.”

Allison, who helped Hannah over the years, credited her field hockey team mates with helping her get the mountains of donated clothes tagged, priced and ready to go.

“Allison has stepped in to support this goal because she believes in this mission,” said Kathi Sexton, Hannah’s mother. “She’s doing a fantastic job.”

While all the clothes are donated, fundraisers were held so that each girl can receive a voucher with which to shop. One included “chicken poop bingo,” where $2,500 was raised by folks betting on which numbered card the chickens (who live on the Sexton’s Perkasie farm) would poop on. Another $1,055 was raised through a GoFundMe page, Allison said.

All the proceeds benefit NOVA (Network of Victim Assistance), a Bucks County nonprofit supporting victims of crimes.

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