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How to Wear White After Labor Day

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White after labor day isn’t the taboo that it once was. There’s more than a few ways to look sleek and stylish rocking cream, off-white, and ivory these days, and we’ve got more than a few style ideas for you to feast your eyes on.


Pictured: Bag - Kate Spade, Pants - Katherine Deen, Top - Kendall & Kylie

1. White Out - With use of different textures, White on white can make a person of any color look classically stylish and elegant. Don’t be skittish about adding a pop of color, like turquoise, to your all white ensemble either.

Pictured: Bag - Coach, Pants - Michael Kors, Top - Kendall & Kylie

2. Neutral Zone - Pair your white centerpiece with warm neutrals for a fall look that is chic and cozy. Animal prints can add a bit of flavor to your neutral outfit as well without becoming overpowering.

Pictured: Sweater - Valentino, Jacket - Michael Kors, Pants - Balenciaga, Shoes - Christian Louboutin

3. Black is Always the New Black - Black and white go hand in hand in fashion. Pair a summery white dress with a black leather jacket to extend your favorite dress into fall. Or go for European stripes for a more Parisian experience.

Pictured: Dress - Shoshana, Jacket - Max Mara, Bag - YSL

4. We’re Blushing! - For a softer look, pair blush tones with white. Petal pale pink blazers paired with white trousers are a sure way to show the more feminine side of yourself.

Pictured: Top - Haute Hippy, Skirt - Proenza Schouler, Jacket & Bag - Burberry, Bike - Huffy (Sold at My Sister's Attic)

5. Passion for Plaid - That academia look never quite goes out of style. Pair plaid with white for a cozy, fall look, whether that be with a plaid skirt, pants, or a simple plaid scarf.

We hope these looks have sparked ideas about what to shop for this labor day weekend. Keep us in mind when you’re scouting out that perfect white outfit for your next big event.

Celebrating Earth Day Everyday

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Each day, our home faces peril. The Earth is undergoing negative changes caused by our overuse of its resources, the waste we throw into its waters and land, and the mistreatment and downright exploitation of its creatures to the point (or sometimes past the point) of their extinction. We as individuals have to change our ways before it’s too late and we don’t have a home to take care of anymore.  That’s why My Sister’s Closet’s Staff believes that Earth Day should be every day. 

Did you know that globally the world produces 270 million tons of plastic per year? Of that plastic, 275 million tons of it is wasted. That’s correct, because in previous years, 5 million tons of plastic waste existed outside of plastic production per year. Why is this so bad?  Plastic cups are being found inside whales, and recent discoveries have shown that plastic toxins can drastically change the metabolism and growth of sea creatures. Not to mention that humans are breathing in the toxins given off by plastic production every day. 

The fashion industry is just as bad as the plastic industry. Clothing waste is one of the biggest contributors to pollution on our Earth. 85% of textiles end up at the dump every year, and some clothes contain plastics that when washed and end up in our oceans. Fast fashion, which is when large corporations make catwalk fashion for cheap, contributes to this waste. The women and children exploited to make this fashion in countries outside America are often underpaid and overworked , leading to questions of human rights as well. 

So what can you do to fight back? Learn who you’re buying with. In the words of our CEO Ann Siner herself, “We’ve been [recycling fashion] for 31 years while others are hopping on the bandwagon. We recycle men’s and women’s clothing, as well as home furnishings and furniture. AND what our stores don’t sell goes to My Sisters’ Charities thrift store where they are given another chance at recycled life.” 

By taking in well-made fashion and selling it at a cheaper price, we encourage our customers to give our merchandise a second life, instead of sending perfectly good items to the dump. This combats fast fashion because we’re still taking the higher quality items - we’re just putting them into a price range that’s a bit more accessible to more buyers. 

Furthermore, My Sister’s Closet banned plastics in 2017 in their stores. Employees drink from reusable water bottles and every store has a water filter system to refill their containers.  Customers are offered paper bags instead of plastic bags. Oftentimes, our sales people will say that our customers will forgo the bag and just carry their stuff out, saving even more on waste! We use compostable plastic trash bags in our stores and office. We have eliminated plastic from our company!

For the last 31 years, everyday has been Earth Day for My Sister’s Closet. We want to be role models for our customers and other businesses to show how it should be done. Ann Siner and team have taken care of our Earth and its creatures from day one since opening the doors to these stores, and there’s no plan to stop climbing the path to a better future for our planet anytime soon.

Hot Spring Trends in 2022

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Spring has sprung sooner than most of us have expected it to; birds are singing, bees are buzzing, and spring fashion has already hit the runway and stores near you. This can leave the average person wondering what trends are hot like the season, and which are going to leave you out in the cold. Not to worry, we’ll set you on the straight and narrow on which ones to follow for spring 2022.

  1. The Bigger The Better- Select pieces that will make your frame seem bigger and bulkier than it is. Fluffy jackets, dresses with over accentuated hips, and oversized pants and shirts rule this trend. 

  2. Power Colors- It’s no surprise that bright, rich colors are taking over in the springtime. Feed your need to stand out in bright fuschias, oranges, reds, and pinks.

  3. Beach Ready- If you’re a beach bum, this one’s for you. Mix your swimwear with your other clothing to create an outfit that shows you’re ready to hit the waves.


  4. It’s a ‘Sheer’ Thing- It’s time to show some skin! But not really. Sheer fabrics are a perfect way to create an ethereal look that can show off the body while still keeping that hint of mystery.

  5. Me-wow!- Credit Kim Kardashian for this look, because catsuits are in this spring. Don’t be afraid to show off those curves in these skin tight pieces; the tighter the better!

  6. All About The Bra- This will be a lazy girl favorite; take your favorite lacy bra, bandeau, or bralette and just rock it. No top needed. It’s the perfect mix of sexy and minimal effort.

  7. Tails and Trains- A long train isn’t just for the bride anymore. Choose dresses or tops that have simple or exquisite trains and tails to add a little flair to your outfit.

  8. Work that Shoe- Take your work shoes out of the office and onto the streets this spring! From boots, to platforms, to loafers, get them out from under your desk and into the open.

  9. Puss In Boots- Shatter expectations with knee to thigh high boots this season! They’re a classic, and a must for every closet, even in warmer weather.

  10. Mmm Watcha Say- Brand names, logos, and sayings on your clothing items are a huge hit for spring. Show off your love for your favorite brands, and get the word out about your opinions right on your clothes.

  11. Honey I Shrunk the Fashion- Micro pieces are totally in right now. Purses the size of a piece of candy. Tops and shorts that cover the bare minimum. Make that big statement with a tiny treasure.

  12. Going on a Stripe Hunt!- Really embody your inner zebra, because you heard right, stripes are back in! Any color stripe is welcome of course, but that classic black and white can’t be beat.

  13. About Face- It’s important to round out the look with the right makeup. This year the focus is on natural skin, very flushed cheeks. So go ham on the blush and easy on the concealer and foundation!

  14. Pantone’s Very Peri- We of course can’t forget 2022’s color of the year, very peri. This is a bluish purplish shade that’s flattering on a range of skin tones, so keep this color in your arsenal.

So now you know what’s what, it’s time to shop your closet to see what you have in your collection already. Of course stop by My Sister’s Closet to find the spring trends you’re dying for at affordable prices to make up for what you’re missing. Hope to see you there!

How To Economize Your Gas Usage

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In America, where public transportation is lacking in comparison to other countries, we rely heavily on cars to take us where we need to go,so gas is essential. However, gas prices are on the rise, so much so that the U.S is looking at an average of $4.25 per gallon come May according to USA Today. With every cent counting these days, citizens can’t afford to be wasting gas willy nilly. But what is the best way to save on the stuff? Stick around and we’ll give you the 8 best ways to economize that gas usage!

  1. Avoid using your car in the first place- The best way to save something is to not use it. See if you can make your commute virtual by working at home. Or if you’re close enough, try bike riding or walking to your destinations. You’ll get the workout and your car will get a nice break. 

  2. Split the Cost- Here’s another way to give your gas usage a break. Carpool with neighbors or coworkers to destinations. By taking turns daily,weekly, or splitting the cost of gas between you a gallon can go a long way.

  3. Strategize Your Route- Sometimes the shortest or fastest route isn’t the most fuel efficient. Use the map function on your cell phone or computer to map out which route has the fewest stop signs, street lights, and over all traffic congestion to minimize acceleration and deceleration. 

  4. Slow and Steady Wins the Race- Sometimes as people we get impatient and just want to floor it when that light goes green, or slam the breaks when we hit a red. However, being gentle and slow is the way to go. Ease your way into acceleration and go slowly into your stop. Always obey speed limits as well, because every 5 mph faster you go up to the point of 50 mph, you’re wasting more gas.

  5. Don’t Idle Away Your Gas- Generally if you’re parked in place for more than 60 seconds, it’s best to turn off your engine instead of wasting gas.

  6. Don’t Weigh Yourself Down- Avoid putting cargo on top of your car, as it’ll add weight and affect your car’s aerodynamics. If you must add cargo, put it in the back so the weight won’t affect the aerodynamics. On the note of weight, make sure you aren’t keeping things you don’t use in your car, because the more weight your car carries the more gas it uses up. 

  7. Running Errands?- Minimize the number of trips you take out with your car. Try to get all your errands done in one day. When you get to your destination, park farther away so that you’re not wasting your time and gas looking for a parking space close to the front.

  8. TLC- A well taken care of car is a gas saving car. Make sure that your engine is in tip top shape with the correct fuel grade, and that your tires are filled to the correct PSI. PSI information can usually be found in the door frame of your driver’s seat.

This just goes to show that with a tiny bit of adjustment, the individual can make a difference in their gas intake, and in turn make a difference on their impact on the earth. These are just some of the ways you can economize your lifestyle to save yourself some money, and the planet.

Turn Couture Into Cash

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Are you addicted to the finer things? Are you always looking for a way to fund your passion for fashion? Maybe it’s time to take a look at that fine jewelry that’s collecting dust in the back of your jewelry box. Pull out those high end bags free from their dust bags prisons. At My Sister’s Closet you can turn that long forgotten couture into up to 70% commissions!

It’s a simple process to consign your high end item with us. Just take your fine jewelry or designer bag to our nearest location where it will be priced by our staff. When the item sells, you get the cash, or credit to spend at our store locations. It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3. 


If Your Item Sells For: Cash Credit







Over $4,995



Our best selling bags are those by Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Prada, Yves Saint Laurent, Valentino, Lowe, Goyard, and Burberry. Designer jewelry also sells very quickly for top dollar. Do you have pieces by David Yurman, Cartier, Fendi, Chanel, John Hardy, Ippolita, Tiffany, and Lagos? If so, stop in and get your cash or credit today. You may be funding the next big purchase for your wardrobe with the designer wear you don’t use anymore!

Why Work for Us?

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Why work for us? Besides the obvious fashion and home decor perks for those of us who are slaves to creative design, there’s plenty of good reasons to consider becoming a member of our pack. We’re willing to work with your schedule, and make sure that you’re working in an environment that is safe and conducive to you being successful. Not to mention these other fabulous benefits:

  • If you are fully vaccinated, come work with us! No mask is required unless you prefer to wear one.
  • Competitive base pay plus substantial commissions
  • Flex schedules may be available
  • Co-paid health insurance
  • 401k with a 100% match
  • First dibs on designer merchandise
  • Career positions paying six-figure incomes
  • Earned discounts for employees
  • Paid vacation and sick time
  • Continuing education
  • It might even be possible for you to bring your dog to work!

Not enough? Consider the fact that the client base you’ll be working with will be fabulous as well. The people you meet will wow you and touch your life in ways that you never expected it to be.

Finally you’ll get your first pick of the thousands of items that come in every day. That means bags, shoes, clothes, accessories, furniture, decor, you name it. Along with all the other benefits mentioned above.

So join the My Sister’s Closet team today, and sign on for new life experiences. Apply at Or apply in person at any location.


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With the world thrown into the chaos of climate change and human consumption, conservation should be on the forefront of everyone’s mind. Yet sustainability appears to be an unattainable goal held above our heads with large corporations taking little care in sustainable living. This is when the power, your power, as the individual comes into play. It’s our job as individuals to come together to educate ourselves and support organizations that covet sustainability as one of their most important facets.

My Sister’s Closet takes the issue of sustainability very seriously. In fact, the business is based around the idea of giving high end clothing, accessories, and footwear a “second life”. Shopping at My Sister’s Closet and Well Suited combats the acts of fast fashion, which is when businesses take successful catwalk fashion and mass produce it at a cheap cost. Why is fast fashion so bad? It leaves a huge environmental footprint, and the workers who are making fast fashion are sometimes women and children doing so in abhorrent conditions for little pay.

That’s why buying a more durable item you’ll wear for a long time at a bargain price is considered more sustainable. However, this isn’t the only way that My Sister’s Closet has lessened their ecological footprint. Ann Siner, Owner and CEO of My Sister’s Closet, has gotten rid of plastic use throughout the company. This includes the banning of plastic bags at check out counters. Instead, recyclable paper bags can be bought for twenty five cents.

As an individual, you vote with your dollar what businesses stay and what goes. That’s the kind of power that you have. Sustainability isn’t going to just happen on its own, there has to be the kind of people there to nurture its success. You start the nurturing with a decision as simple as shopping at My Sister’s Closet.

How to Consign

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A home is a temple, and sometimes temples can become cluttered. The Manolo’s you thought were the bees knees that didn’t quite suit you after all, the Armani sports coat that you just don’t seem to wear anymore, or the old dining room set in the garage, are all collecting dust is your sacred space. The best solution is to clear out the old and make room for the new, but what to do with the old items?

If they follow the three C’s: clean, cute and current, then consigning is the best way to get value on your previous purchases. Bring your items to any My Sister’s Closet, Well Suited, or My Sister’s Attic location ( you can mail them in if you’re out of state!), or if your furniture is too big for you to move, we’ll come to you and take it off your hands. Then leave the rest up to us!

As soon as your items are sold, you get paid. That’s the bottom line. No fuss, no muss. It’s that easy. So bring us your items today.

Fall Fashion Trends 2021

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Photos by: Tanielle Gilbert

As summer’s heat fades to fall’s cool breezes it has become the time to indulge in things that can only be enjoyed when the season turns. Watching as the Autumn leaves turn crisp, splurging on expensive pumpkin themed drinks, and of course, seeing what’s new in the fall fashion line up. Last year we were all bundled up inside, unable to really explore creative fashion trends, but this year is a different story. So grab your favorite blanket and a cup of cocoa; we’re going through some of the top fall trends of 2021 that are sure to bring that autumnal feel to your wardrobe.

When one thinks of fall, color is not what usually comes to mind. Pastels and neons usually reign supreme in the summer. However, saturated colors are in. Brilliant jewel tones such as magentas and rich mustard yellows paired with bright pops of pink and blue are considered appropriate fall wear this year.

It’s time for skinny jeans to scoot over! Even though they’ll always have a place in our hearts, looser fitting denim is the trend taking over autumn of 2021. Mom jeans, straight cut jeans, and other looser fits are making a comeback. This trend is especially cute when paired with a tighter fitting top to balance out the bagginess of the denim.

Knits are a fall essential, so of course they would be mentioned in this list. In particular, the sweater vest stands out this year from the rest. Whether on its own, or paired with a button up underneath, the sweater vest makes a statement that you’ll definitely want in your closet repertoire.

This next one is going to be easy for those who don’t live in snowy weather. Showing a bit of skin can be as fashionable as wearing clothing itself, which is why this fall trend is asking that we show a little midriff this season. Of course, show what you’re comfortable with, whether that’s just a little seam of skin seen while in motion, or full on midriff.

No need to pray for your ankles this year ladies! Retro platforms are in, so you can get that extra height that you want without having to don the dreaded stiletto. So feel free to swing with the seventies and walk a mile in this trend.

Last and certainly not least, there’s a little sparkle and shine. Sequins and sparkly pieces of clothing are making an impact this fall season. Adding a sequined skirt or shirt to your outfit can really give you that glow up that you’ve been searching for.

So whether you want to play bold with color, and stay safe with knits, there’s something for everyone on this list. Fall is the time of year for comfort, so being comfortable while playing around with your fashion is fun and encouraged. That being said, I challenge you to try something you might not have before; you might find yourself enjoying something you never thought you would have.

Timeless Western Wear at My Sister's Closet Pinnacle Peak

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As we ring in the New Year, the latest trends and styles of the coming season are taking shape, but that doesn’t mean we should forget about one of our favorite timeless styles - western wear! At My Sisters Closet and Well Suited, we have a large variety of items at our stores and online for you to choose from. Whether it is a fringe jacket to rock with your favorite jeans, a new pair of boots, or jewelry, you can always count on finding incredible western pieces at our stores.

Currently, our Pinnacle Peak store located at 23269 N Pima Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85255, has a large number of western styles such as boots, jackets, vests, and more. Let everyone know this is not your first rodeo when you come and shop western wear with us!

Celebrate Our 2020 Employee of the Year!

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Please join us in congratulating Santino as our 2020 Employee of the Year!

Santino started as a driver/mover with us in Arizona and was quickly promoted to Moving Manager in California. After almost two years in that position, he returned to Arizona as our assistant manager of movers.

He is dedicated, hard-working, does anything that is asked of him and always goes the extra mile. He works well with everyone, even when lifting that granite table in 115 degree heat!

Thank you, Santino, for setting the standard for our employees. Outstanding job!


What Happened to the Chico's Racks at My Sister's Closet?

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2020 wasn’t all bad. The crazy year made us take a look at our business, our customers and what’s in our stores. Our hurried lives of 2019 became a casual weekend every day.

So we took a hard look at our inventory. We made changes to the labels and the styles that we sell. Customers are not looking for fancy clothing or even structured office attire. Customers want comfort and simplicity. And they still want to look fashionable.

So we created a category we call Wear It Better (or WIB). You’ll find comfortable and well-made clothing from the likes of Eileen Fisher, Lafayette, J. McLaughlin, Escada, Neon Buddha, Misook and other labels designed for the savvy mature and fashion forward shopper.

Eileen Fisher uses natural fabrics with designs that you can mix and match. The pieces are structured yet have the freedom to move and be comfortable. The “look” is casual yet can be worn anywhere. From cashmere to linen to organic cotton, EF uses fabrics that are better for women and for the environment.

Clothing by Lafayette epitomizes ease and comfort. Isn’t that what we are all looking for? The manufacturers in our WIB category are catering to refinement and style while keeping comfort at top of mind.

Escada and J. McLaughlin mix an enticing mix of color with fun with their clothing. These are the favorite labels you’ve longed for but your wallet said NO. Now you and your wallet can say yes to these brands at My Sister’s Closet.

So check out our WIB and Eileen Fisher racks at My Sister’s Closet five locations throughout Arizona and Southern California. These items typically retail for well over $300, with some prices over $1,000. Our prices start at $24.95. And the sizes range from XXS to XXL. In a nutshell, there’s something for everyone. Just try on a few pieces and we guarantee you’ll be coming back for more.

Tips for Cleaning Out Your Household

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Happy New Year! We finally made it to 2021, so what better time for a fresh start. Although we can’t predict what this upcoming year has in store for all of us, something that is in our control is giving our wardrobes and living spaces a little refresher. And who better to help than our teams at My Sister’s Closet, Well Suited, and My Sister’s Attic. We are your one-stop-shop for selling or trading items you no longer wear or use and replacing them with fresh, high-quality styles at a fraction of the retail price.

Going through your home and closet to let go of pieces you no longer wear can feel liberating, and simplifying your wardrobe allows you to make room for fewer, higher-end pieces. The timeline can be different for everyone, but if you haven’t worn the item in over a year, let it go! 

This is where consigning comes into play, and it’s so easy.

Here’s how it works:

  • Go through your closet and stick to the 3 C’s - Cute, Clean, Current
  • Bring us your items. Anything you consign with us should be ready to hit the racks.
  • Get paid! Whether you’d just like cash for your items or you’ve spotted something great in the store, as soon as your item sells, the money or store credit is yours!

Some things to keep in mind when bringing your items to My Sister’s Closet - make sure all clothing items are clean, wrinkle-free, and on hangers. We accept stylist items that are no more than 4-5 years old unless it's a great vintage piece. The better the condition of the items, the more money or store credit you’ll receive for them. When bringing in furniture or household items to My Sister’s Attic, make sure they are clean and ready to be sold. Items should be no more than 8-10 years old, with the exception of vintage or mid-century items. Email photos of your items to [email protected]

Let’s turn the page and make 2021 the best year yet!


Why Do We Give?

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From the first month in 1991 when my sisters and I started My Sister’s Closet, we donated our unsold inventory to the thrift stores of local animal shelters. Since then we have given millions of dollars in product and cash to save the lives of those who can't speak for themselves.  The return has been immeasurable.  Rarely a day goes by where a customer in one of our stores doesn't go out of their way to share that they shop with us because of our commitment to help suffering and homeless animals.

In 2013, we set a company record, donating 32% of our net profits from My Sister’s Closet to those in need. In 2014, we created our own 501c3 organization called My Sisters’ Charities and thrift store in AZ. This small store not only recycles the items that don’t sell in our regular stores, but the profits have been donated to many groups totaling well over $1.4million in just a few short years. From Fresh Start Women’s Foundation to SW Autism Center to Defenders of Wildlife, we chose to help wildlife, women and homeless pets.

In 2018 and 2019, my sister Tess and I chaired “Compassion with Fashion” a fundraiser to benefit the AZ Humane Society. We set a new record in 2018 by raising $1.1million and then chaired the event again in 2019 and raised a record $1.3million for homeless pets in the Phoenix area. 

I have personally served on the boards for the AZ Humane Society, The Phoenix Art Museum, Fresh Start Women’s Foundation, Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center, and several other nonprofits. Not only do we give in kind and cash donations, we give our time and creativity.

Now Helen Woodward Humane Society and Last Chance at Life in the San Diego area join our list of beneficiaries for donations. We literally give truckloads of thrift items every week to their thrift stores. These in kind donations have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars in 2019 for homeless pets in CA. 

We also give truckloads of unsold product to the AZ Humane Society thrift stores every week resulting in record sales once again to benefit dogs and cats.

The sisters behind My Sister’s Closet and My Sister’s Attic are proud to help the communities we serve. We thank our customers for their donations and hope to do even more in 2021 to help the four-legged animals we so dearly love.


Ann Siner

CEO and Founder

My Sister’s Closet, My Sister’s Attic and Well Suited


San Diego Humane Society Animal Rescue Initiative

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My Sister’s Closet and The San Diego Humane Society have joined forces to help animals who are affected by the California fires. 

Last week the amazing people at SDHS sent crews into these affected areas to rescue animals trapped in this disaster. Our company made a donation of $10,000 to support efforts initiated by the SDHS as well last week.

You Can Help Too By Cleaning out your Closet or Home:

Drop off your items to any location of My Sister’s Closet, My Sister’s Attic or Well Suited and ask to consign them to the San Diego Humane Society account. When your items sell, proceeds will go to the amazing people at the San Diego Humane Society. 

Designer handbags and jewelry are best sellers as are current home furnishings. Click here for consignment information.


My Sisters Closet: The Standard in Profitability, Sustainability, Charity, and Style

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What was happening in 1991?

- The first commercial website was launched
- Neiman Marcus opened in Scottsdale
- The US liberated Kuwait from Iraq

What wasn’t happening was the practice of sustainability. Nobody even knew what it was. So, not surprisingly, discerning consumers didn’t want to wear other people’s used clothing – luxury or not. Nevertheless, we had this crazy idea that buying and selling high-end used items could be good business if we created an experience that equaled traditional retail. That meant designing a store that looked, felt and smelled like a trendy boutique, not like some dingy thrift shop. Impeccable customer service was non-negotiable. With our plan in place, we opened the first My Sister’s Closet store in 1991 in Central Phoenix. This would prove to be the first of many crazy ideas over the ensuing decades.

After 28 years, our stores continue to show vibrant year-over-year growth. In the retail world, that’s rare. While we’ve had great success adding home furnishings, men’s apparel and expanding our brands into Southern California, we’ve also learned some lessons along the way. For example, selling and consigning wedding dresses and kid’s items weren’t such hot ideas in hindsight. Eleanor Roosevelt once famously said, “every day do something that scares you” and owning a retail business more than helps us meet her challenge.

Whereas people once were embarrassed or ashamed to wear used clothes, nowadays they brag about the smoking deal they got on designer jeans or shoes. Sustainability and recycling have become retail buzzwords and societal trends. Today the resale bandwagon is jam-packed with wannabe stores, some of which are even backed by venture capitalists. However, My Sister’s Closet continues to be the gold standard for the industry.

One of the areas where we have always forged a new path is our dedication to community involvement. For 20+ years we donated unsold merchandise to the thrift stores of our favorite non-profits. We came to realize those stores weren’t producing as much revenue as they could have been for their organizations. Which shouldn’t be such a surprise since running a retail store is pretty different than administering a successful nonprofit. On the other hand, we do know a thing or two about retail, and that gave us an idea. It was time to raise the bar and raise it we did.

In 2014, thanks to the flexibility of our landlord, we opened our own 501(c)3 thrift store in Chandler. This would be the first brick and mortar initiative of our nonprofit arm, My Sisters’ Charities. Over $100,000 was generated in less than six months and in 2018 the store netted $300,000. This helped propel us to making a $1 million donation to the Arizona Humane Society. My Sisters’ Charities also proudly supports Fresh Start, Defenders of Wildlife, Phoenix Art Museum, SW Autism Center and Rancho Coastal Humane Society (San Diego), to name a few.

As community leaders, the sisters also serve as board members for some of Phoenix’s most respected organizations. Ann currently sits on the Board of Directors for both the Arizona Humane Society and the Phoenix Art Museum, after previously serving on the boards of Fresh Start, The Nature Conservancy and SW Wildlife Conservation Center. Tess was recently named a Trendsetter in 2019 for her charitable work for the Arizona Humane Society, Fresh Start, SW Wildlife Center and the Phoenix Art Museum.

Another major initiative in our commitment to sustainability has been eliminating single-use plastic items likes bags, cups and straws in all of our stores. This initiative began internally years ago and in 2019 we launched an external awareness campaign targeting local and national consumer businesses. Slowly but surely, people are learning about the devastation plastic has unleashed on our environment and wildlife, and we are proud to say they are starting to do something about it thanks in part to our advocacy.

What’s next? Well, we plan to make the 20’s roar! Initiatives are being rolled out that will yield even higher quality inventory, improve customer service and enhance the look and feel of the stores. We’re as committed to our brick and mortar locations as we were back in 1991. We remain passionate about being community leaders, specifically supporting homeless pets, the environment, wildlife, and women’s organizations. We might have graduated from the school of hard knocks when we started out, but as our mom taught us, “until you fail you don’t succeed.”

Fashanthropists: Tess Loo

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Posted originally on Giving in Style's blog. Tyler Butler's Giving in Style showcases the convergence of fashion and philanthropy.

Tess Loo is the infectious creative force behind the My Sister's Closet (MSC) brand. Her sunny disposition and focus on positivity are evident in her work and in the way in which she herself dresses. At her core she is an artist and she expresses herself through many different mediums. Tess has taken the MSC brand and elevated its cool quotient through her visual window displays, imaginative fashion shows and her undeniable eye for exceptional finds at unheard of prices. She sets trends rather than following them. And her influence extends well beyond the MSC stores and advances the visibility and sophistication of many important causes. Tess's personal brand is based on the concept of love and sharing and she is often compared to being a ray of sunshine in what can be an otherwise cloudy world. Plus, MSC is the official fashion partner for Giving In Style - keeping fresh, current, designer looks popping up at every special occasion thanks to their many boutique locations. Learn more about Tess Loo...

How do you describe what you do:

I describe myself and what I do in several different ways, first as a designer. The definition I like for designer describes what I do on a daily basis. If I am given a problem the needs to be solved, I design a solution. I am also a designer in a different way. I design, create and execute store visuals 7-8 times per year for our stores in Arizona and California. My visuals are creative, bright and fashion forward capturing the latest trends, colors and styles. My designs feature styles and fashion I create such as my Have a Very Gucci Holiday displays, where I crafted Gucci-esque fashions for our 43 mannequins.

Multi-media artist. At our stores we consign fashion for women and men and home. There are times I have the opportunity to work with local TV stations to talk about these topics. I will do segments on what to wear to an event. I just did a segment on what to wear to Barrett Jackson. We also completely change The Closet and Well Suited inventory, twice a year and I do segments discussing our amazing deals and steals and what to look to wear for the upcoming season. I have spent time talking about home décor and offering creative ideas for gift-wrap and DIY projects. My former home in PV has been featured on Cool Homes and the AZ Republic. Decorating my living space is something I have always enjoyed doing. In my early 30's when I lived in Colorado I was featured in Better Homes and Gardens living in zany loft I painted from floor to ceiling. As a multi-media artist I also used to write a column for So Scottsdale called "What the Frock". Today I write a newsletter for MSC. Personally I write a blog where I express life.

Fashion Stylist?. Naturally I talk, breathe and live fashion. I was born with a handbag on my tiny arm and fashion is something that I naturally love. How we dress is a way of expression. It is a sign of self-respect to put our best foot forward always. At our stores I help clients select the best looks for their lifestyle, I have dressed local TV and radio personalities and I will assist anyone that asks for advice on what or what not to wear. We have done social media contests where the winner gets to send an afternoon with me selecting new looks. This is my favorite thing to do. Helping a person find their inner-beauty and express externally it with their clothing.

What is the mission for your giving:

Giving back to my community through my creativity and fashion is something I have always done and believed in. In my past in Colorado I owned a high-end women's boutique called LuLu and I gave back to various organizations in my hometown. On many occasions I was producing fashion events that always involved a non-profit. I supported The Colorado Springs Fine Art Center and my ex-husband and I created a fundraiser for the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo that is still profitable today.

How do you give back to society through your business:

At My Sister's closet we give back to society in so many ways. First of all we are recycling quality products to extend their life. In our society of instant gratification and mass-produced low quality clothing, it's key to buy and recycle quality wearables with hopes of less waste heaping up our massive waste landfills. A beautiful designer handbag has decades of life being passed from one fashionista to another.

In 2017 we started a campaign to end the use of single use plastic. We installed water vessel refilling stations in our stores and eliminated our use of plastic shopping bags. We are amping up this campaign and doing our best to stop the use of single use plastic before the plastic waste takes over the oceans and landfills.

My sisters donates hundreds of thousands of dollars annually to a handful of charitable causes. Ann and I have co-chaired several large galas in the valley that have raised close to a million dollars each. We have chaired the Fresh Start Women's Organization Gala, The Phoenix Art Museum party, (WARHOL) and now Compassion with Fashion 2018. We have also produced the fashion show for AHS for 4 years and I have headed up the décor committee for Compassion with Fashion in 2012. As an extreme creative I always go into these projects with a mission to do my absolute best to make each event unique. For Fresh Start, I used the working name The Best Gala Ever and changed the energy of the event. For the PAM we had the party in the parking lot and created a warehouse environment complete with go-go dancers and a graffiti'd storage container entrance.

Charity or Charities of choice:

My charities of choice are The Arizona Humane Society, of course and The Fresh Start Women's Organization. Both have a very special place in my heart. I believe in helping those without a voice.

Why have you supported these causes:

I support the AHS because I was raised with Ann as my sister. She taught me the beauty in helping a homeless animal in need. Ann and I have traveled many places together and where ever we have been in the world she is always rescuing an animal. How could I not help her and them? Our pets give us so much love. The least we can do is keep them safe and healthy.

Fresh Start Women's Organization holds a very special place in my heart. When Ann and I chaired their gala I photographed over 100 women walking through the doors at FS. I met them, hugged them, listened to their stories and cried with them. I understand because I too have been them. I know what abuse feels like. I am a survivor. We need a big voice against emotional, verbal and physical abuse. I am a big cheerleader for women that have the courage to ask for help and are brave to start fresh through all adversities.

Favorite business based on their giving efforts and why:

I like fashionable companies that give back. I am a big fan of H and M, Madewell, Lorna Jane and others that recycle the clothes you bring back to them. There's so much waste in the world. I believe in recycling as a form of giving back to Mother Earth. H and M also gave school supplies to refugees this holiday season. Pura Vida gives artisans full time jobs and gives back to over 190 charities.

Who influenced your spirit of giving and how:

My spirit of giving has been influenced by several people in my life. Growing up and as a young woman, I was associated with families of philanthropy and I learned why and how to give back. I am an empath so I naturally can feel compassion for others and always want to help. To me giving back is natural. As I mentioned above Ann has influenced my love for animals and nature. These days as a single woman with a daughter at University, I cannot write a large check but I can be there with my creativity to give what I can. We all can give back and help others.....

How do you believe fashion can aid philanthropy:

Fashion is a way of communicating and carrying a message. At this year's Golden Globes all the actress's wore black and both men and women had lapel pins with the Times Up message. A popular trend for the past few years that is gaining momentum is "sloganeering", the trend of wearing your message on a tee, handbag, belt straps, etc. Dior, Gucci and other popular fashion houses have been doing this for years. It's really just a sophisticated version of the message tee of the past. We can dress our bodies to communicate a stand we are taking for or against a cause. H and M, Madewell and other companies have their recycling programs where you bring in old clothes and they recycle them to new denims, blouses and more. And of course there is the fashion show that always brings in a crowd and can raise money for philanthropy.

What is your biggest philanthropic accomplishment:

True philanthropy requires creativity, a positive mindset and is no longer about writing a $10,000 check. There was a time in my life my ex-husband could write a very large check, I could have made a decision to sit back and do nothing but let him give money. I never did that. I always said I would give back just as much if not more by using my creativity. I designed logos, invitations, ballrooms, table décor and any element that needed to be created. I knew that if an event had a strong visual appeal it would bring in more guests and more money. I give back to our community and to the world any way I'm able. To me the meaning of life and love is giving and receiving and it is through the helping of others we heal ourselves. My biggest philanthropic accomplishment is yet to be achieved. I hope to help women that have lost their voice by sharing my voice and story?stay tuned. I do think this is the year of the woman.

Favorite philanthropic quote:

"To move forward one must give back." - Oprah Winfrey

Spring Unveiling with My Sister's Closet

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It's almost Spring time which is totally bizarre since let's be honest, my Christmas tree is still up, but with temperatures in the high 70's and sunshine everyday I'm not complaining. With the gorgeous weather comes gorgeous clothing so I've teamed up with my friends at My Sisters Closet (pretty much the only place I shop for clothing!) to share a few of my favorite colorful outfits for Spring.

Dolace & Gabbana Floral pencil skirt $99.95
Ted Baker Scarf $34.9
Equipment blouse- $59.95
Jo Jo Cat purple butterfly pumps $14.95

Kate Spade blue cuff- $24.95
Kate Spade Gold white bangle- $19.95
Kate Spade red white script cuff - $15
J Crew Orange bangle- $14.95
Jay Godfrey Red dress- $79.95
Cameo Pearl Pumps $12.50

Jo Jo Cat purple butterfly pumps $14.95
Laundry Shelli Segal Dress $24.95
J Crew shocking pink necklace $14.95
Kate Spade purple necklace $14.95

Rainbow cat butterfly shoes yellow $14.95
Sportmax Skirt- $49.95
Frame Striped blouse- $39.95

Moschino Cheap & Chic Floral Skirt $59.95
Moschino Cheap & Chic Floral Jacket $69.95
Foree Multi strand pearl necklace $145

Jamaro Maxi dress $14.95
Blue Wing Heels $12.50

The Real Housewife of Scottsdale Mandy Holmes Shops MSC For The Holidays

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Fall is my very favorite time to get dressed, as it allows for everything I love: texture, prints, pops of color, and layers. This season I've teamed up with my favorite consignment boutique in town, My Sister's Closet to share a few of my favorite holiday finds.

Starting with this whimsical dress from Diesel ($34.95) - it is truly a showstopper! The material moves with every step you take and with the cut and neckline details, doesn't require many accessories. I love the mint green hue and forgiving shape (since we all know I LOVE holiday cookies) and the leather snap neck embellishment adds a bit of an edge. Think nice list meets naughty list. I paired this dress with a crystal bracelet ($39.95) in the fine jewelry section of My Sisters Closet.

Adding a pop of color is always a good idea, especially red during the holidays. I adore these wide leg red pants by Leifsdottir ($24.95) with a patterned top like this Joie brand houndstooth ($34.95) blouse. These pants still had the original tag attached and retailed for over $125! A bargain and style? Can't beat that! With the help of Maggie at My Sisters Closet, we paired a just-the-right-size cross body Marc Jacobs metallic blue bag ($89.95) to complete the look.

With the AZ temperatures dipping into the 50's at night, I was on a mission for a stylish but functional jacket and the fact that velvet is HOT this season, the gals at My Sisters Closet and I thought this was the perfect combo. The faux fur coat from Betsy Johnson ($29.95) and cocoa colored velvet dress from Rachel Roy ($24.95) combine to create the coziest look that with a shoe and jewelry change is versatile enough for the office or that after work holiday get together. In this case, the necklace adds just the right pop of sparkle.

Speaking of mixing textures, I will thrilled to find this sparkly little number from Dress the Population (on sale for $19) and combine it with a leather biker jacket ($55) to create a little rockstar vibe. If you're looking for a New Years option, this could be it. Rock and roll meets glam if you ask me.

One of my favorite parts of shopping at My Sister's Closet is when you find an expected piece that feels like it was designed just for you and the cost is less than your morning Starbucks. That's exactly what happened when I picked up this Michael Kors fur lined sweater poncho ($12.50). Not only did it fit like a glove, the price was incredible. Full disclosure, I purchased this sweater right away but they have others very similar you can get your hands on! It looks adorable with a pair of comfy boyfriend jeans like these by Vince ($49.95)

The key to dressing for an Arizona winter is layering. Not only is this grey sweater dress from James Perse ($24.95) SO comfortable, it's the perfect piece to pile on a print jacket or vest like this one by Angel of the North ($14.95) and a cute bag like this versatile black and white satchel from Marc Jacobs ($245.00)

If this next outfit doesn't scream "holidays" I don't know what does. The sangria hued cozy wool blend coat ($395.00) puts the "burrrrr" in Burberry and is the perfect outerwear option for days the temps dip below 70. I paired it over a Haute Hippie forest green dress ($35.00) for an unexpected play on traditional Christmas colors. The green accent ring ($14.95) is all this outfit needs!

Mixing patterns and prints is something I love to do but I get it, it can be totally scary! My rule for mixing is go with what feels comfortable, it doesn't have to match but it will definitely make sense. I try to stick with 2 patterns and a few textures if I'm feeling extra wild. Speaking of wild, these cheetah print pants ($24.00) and the textured Tory Burch ruffle ivory top ($39.95) are the ideal match for a cropped jacket such as this one with gold thread details from Amanda Uprichard ($24.00).

I hope you have a fun and fashionable holiday season- Be sure to make it a December to remember by stopping my the My Sister's Closet location nearest to you!

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California Stores Donated 1.5 Million Dollars in Clothing Donations to Rancho Coastal Humane Society

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Dear Ann,

There's no way that we can express in a letter how much My Sister's Closet and Well Suited have done to help support Rancho Coastal Humane Society's programs for people and animals. 

Over the past six years, clothing donations to us from My Sister's Closet and Well Suited exceed $1.5 million and provided more than $600,000 in revenue to the shelter through our thrift shop. 

Thanks to My Sister's Closet and Well Suited, the animals in Rancho Coastal Humane Society's pet adoption program receive the best care possible. Children are learning lessons in humanity. Senior citizens and their pets stay together because of the food they receive from the RCHS Pet Food Bank. Pet Assisted Therapy dogs visit extended care facilities and struggling students with the gift of "fur therapy." Victims of domestic violence are able to escape with their lives thanks to the safety net of the RCHS Animal Safehouse Program.

All of this thanks to the generosity of My Sister's Closet and Well Suited. 

For those who have no voice, Thank You!


Jim Silveira, President/CEO


California Well Suited & My Sister's Closet donated clothing worth more than $1.2 million to Rancho Coastal Humane Society

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Dear Ann,

There's no way that we can express in a letter how much My Sister's Closet and Well Suited have done to help support Rancho Coastal Humane Society's programs for people and animals. 

Over the past six years, clothing donations to us from My Sister's Closet and Well Suited exceed $1.5 million and provided more than $600,000 in revenue to the shelter through our thrift shop. 

Thanks to My Sister's Closet and Well Suited, the animals in Rancho Coastal Humane Society's pet adoption program receive the best care possible. Children are learning lessons in humanity. Senior citizens and their pets stay together because of the food they receive from the RCHS Pet Food Bank. Pet Assisted Therapy dogs visit extended care facilities and struggling students with the gift of "fur therapy." Victims of domestic violence are able to escape with their lives thanks to the safety net of the RCHS Animal Safehouse Program.

All of this thanks to the generosity of My Sister's Closet and Well Suited. 

For those who have no voice, Thank You!


Jim Silveira, President/CEO


California Well Suited & My Sisters Closet donated clothing worth more than 1.5 million to Rancho Coastal Humane Society

Posted by My Sister's Closet


Dear Ann,

There's no way that we can express in a letter how much My Sister's Closet and Well Suited have done to help support Rancho Coastal Humane Society's programs for people and animals. 

Over the past six years, clothing donations to us from My Sister's Closet and Well Suited exceed $1.5 million and provided more than $600,000 in revenue to the shelter through our thrift shop. 

Thanks to My Sister's Closet and Well Suited, the animals in Rancho Coastal Humane Society's pet adoption program receive the best care possible. Children are learning lessons in humanity. Senior citizens and their pets stay together because of the food they receive from the RCHS Pet Food Bank. Pet Assisted Therapy dogs visit extended care facilities and struggling students with the gift of "fur therapy." Victims of domestic violence are able to escape with their lives thanks to the safety net of the RCHS Animal Safehouse Program.

All of this thanks to the generosity of My Sister's Closet and Well Suited. 

For those who have no voice, Thank You!


Jim Silveira, President/CEO


My Sister's Closet Holiday Style: The Traveling Little Black Dress

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This holiday season My Sister's Closet is showing how everyone's holiday staple - the LBD (Little Black Dress), can take you from a trip to the grocery store to a fabulous holiday party. It's one dress, five ways - the perfect way to be ready for any occasion this busy holiday season. This Blaque Label black dress, only $34.95 at My Sister's Closet, will take you anywhere.

Running Around Town

With the holiday season comes tons of shopping - from picking up groceries for a delicious meal to buying presents for your family, and of course stopping by My Sister's Closet for some amazing designer fashion finds.

Style it with an adorable knit sweater, like this Yaya Aflalo sweater for only $14.95, to stay warm in the mornings. Pair it with these comfortable Yohji Yamamoto red shoes for $195.00 (retailed for $400) that won't slow down a woman on the run and this STM cross body bag for $14.95 to hold all of your shopping lists and daily necessities.

Working Through the Day

For a busy career woman, this take on the LBD is great for the office or even if your job takes you away from your desk. In the mad rush to tie up loose ends before the end of the year and of course the excitement of time off for the holidays, this outfit is perfect for any woman on the go.

Layer a collared blouse, like this white Elizabeth and James top for $44.95, under your classic LBD to give it a more structured feel. Top it with a whimsical tie, like this Penguin tie for $14.95, to show off some personality and throw on a cute jacket, like this one from Babette for $99.95 (retailed for $495), to take off the chill from the winter weather. And for accessories? These Gucci black shoes for $145.00 (retailed for $550) keep the outfit comfortable, but classic. And off-set this classic look with a bright statement bag, like this Reed Krakoff handbag for $795.00 (retailed for $1,700).

Racing to the Holidays

Have Thanksgiving dinner with your family? Brunch on Christmas morning? A holiday get-together with friends? Holiday celebrations always provide a great reason to dress-up and show off your style.

Pull in the traditional holiday red to spice up an outfit that can easily take you from picking up a list minute gift to racing straight to a family gathering.

This great Moschino plaid jacket, only $44.95, is a great addition to your LBD and instantly makes the outfit perfect for the holidays, and show off your waist by adding a cute belt, like this Moschino one for $34.95.

Finish off the look with this beautiful red and black Love Moschino handbag for $99.95 (retailed for $1,000) and these Miu Miu pumps for $79.95 (retailed for $750).

Meeting Up with the Girls

Thanks to Arizona's warmer winter weather going sleeveless for the holidays isn't out of the question. For a night out with your girls keep it chic and monochromatic.

A great way to dress for fall in Arizona, this sleeveless turtleneck top by Malo for $44.95 adds a wintery edge to your LBD. Nip in your waist and accessorize all at the same time with this Ralph Lauren belt for $17.50. Add this beautiful Daniele Alessandrini handbag for $49.95 and Jeffrey Campbell booties for $39.95 to finish the look.

Don't forget the jewelry! Put on a cute cuff and a bowtie, like the ones pictured for only $14.95 and $12.50 to be the envy of all of your friends at happy hour.

Party Time

Office parties, Christmas gatherings, New Year's - tis the season for parties!

Let the jewelry do the taking with this party look. Dress up your LBD with a statement necklace like these BeBe strands of pearls for $44.95 and add a fun cocktail ring like this one by KJL for $59.95.

Bring a small bag that holds only the essentials - lipstick, wallet and keys, like this one by Beverly Feldman for $34.95 and slip into a pair of strappy, patent shoes like these Ralph Lauren heels for $125.00.

Shop all of these looks and more at My Sister's Closet. It's the perfect place to find gifts for friends and loved ones with something for everyone at My Sister's Closet, Well Suited and My Sister's Attic. Don't forget to pick up a few things for yourself too!

'Tis the Season for Shopping! Holiday Decorating Ideas from My Sister's Attic

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Have an enchanted holiday with My Sister's Attic! Get amazing decorating finds and furniture just in time for the holidays.

Gnome for the Holidays

Minimalism is in - downsize and go miniature this year with your holiday decorations! These cute mini gnmoes and creatures create a magical, festive feel in any home! Keep it small and shop for a 4" to 12" mini Charlie Brown Christmas tree or old world greenery, perfect for any home! A Little DIY can take you a long way - find a cute container, empty paint can, shopping bag, coffee can or garden pot to plant your tiny tree.

Owl Be Home for Christmas

If you're feeling a little more glam than woodsy consider pastel feather trees. Display these fun trees on a coffee table or end table, they can even double as a centerpiece for dinner. Use faux snow blankets, gumballs or mini marshmallows to fill in the space around the tree for whimsical feel. A touch of moss and a tree topper help finish the look.

An Enchanted Christmas

A fun and easy alternative to the traditional wreath is to create a cute, custom sign for your front door. Make a quick trip to the hardware store, pick up a few cedar planks and you're on your way to a great looking, old world sign. Plus, the smell of cedar is a great way to welcome visitors coming to your home! Hang it up or prop it up on the side of the door with moss and pine cones. A fun family craft, let the kids do the letters to give it a loose, free and authentic feel.

Come up with text that can match your décor or is just fun: Enchanted Christmas, Gnome for the Holidays, Welcome to Our House, the list of possibilities is endless!

Winter Wonderland

Perfect for a holiday party backdrop or to spruce up your entryway, create an enchanted forest right here in the desert. Wintertime evokes memories of skiing through tall aspen trees and blankets of white snow on the mountains. Recreate it yourself with an outdoor winter scene that doesn't require you to leave your home.

Use long, vertical pieces of plywood to paint a simple scene of aspen trees using black and white paint. Create several shades of gray for your trees by mixing different amounts of the paint. Paint the trees on using a 2" and 4" roller, and then add in detail with a small brush to create shading and detail.

Place white velvet or faux snow below the painted trees to complete the wintery scenes and if you're feeling extra festive you can drill holes into the plywood and insert mini lights to light up the scene.

"The Holiday season is already here and there's no better time of the year to start saving," said CEO and Founder, Ann Siner. "My Sister's Attic is the perfect place to save on holiday shopping and we just love these low cost, do it yourself decorating ideas."

For amazing holiday décor and home items visit My Sister's Attic. Don't forget to pick up some amazing pieces that make for the perfect holiday gift. Visit to view some of the items in store.