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Pascack Valley senior Rhianna Barry, owner Heidi Skelton, and manager Nikki Yellin of Threads, a women’s boutique in Westwood, attended a FAME show at the Javits Center in Brooklyn for their spring collection on Monday, Jan. 7. The event was a marketplace that consisted of brands that the store purchases, along with children’s merchandise.

The store is planning on showcasing the purchased shoes, accessories, handbags, and clothing in February. Skelton said that the store was inspired by the colors, including yellow and green, bodysuits, cropped flare plants, and new shoe styles of the season when they were at the event.

“We just try to buy fun clothes for teenagers through adults,” Skelton said.

Barry started interning at Threads in September and began working at the store in November from her passion of picking out outfits, styling people, and looking at trends. Originally, she only visited the store once before deciding to become an intern.

She has learned about the business aspects of owning a small store, including folding clothes, organizing the stock, and pricing the shipments, along with learning the difference between stock prices and in-store prices while being an intern.

“My mentor, Heidi, teaches me about how you have to buy for the customer, ” Barry said. “We have a certain customer that we buy for, such as children, teens, and older women.”

Barry works at Threads for six days a week and “can’t imagine her life without it.” She interns at the store from 12:15 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. and works on Friday, depending if she has an after school activity, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m, and on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“My first impression of Threads was that it had clothes that I really liked,” Barry said. “I love all the clothes and shipments they get in. All of the money I’m making is just going back to Threads. ”

Yellin said that Skelton and her brought Barry to the show to allow her to experience every aspect of working in the store since she is an intern. She wanted Barry to learn “a little bit about everything.”

“I got to pick out clothes that will be in the store so you could actually buy them,” Barry said. “We bought normally in packs, so one item would be around 17 dollars with two smalls, two mediums, and one large, depending on the size range. We usually multiply by 2.5 from stock to in-store price.”

Barry said stores from around the country attended the show to buy clothes for their businesses and the event is hosted in different areas of the country for every season.

“It was cool to see where they buy the clothes from because I really didn’t know,” Barry said. “It was really interesting to see what clothes would be in trend for spring and summer.”

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