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The Secret is Out: Free Personal Shopper at Clothes Mentor!

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Remember the days when you loved shopping? What about the days you actually had time to treat yourself? Or maybe, you’ve never loved shopping and dreaded every minute of it.  Regardless of your feelings on clothes shopping, we have a unique thrifting experience that will turn anyone into a happy, relaxed shopper! 

Kidding Around Greenville was recently treated (and yes, it felt like a a superb, alone-time treat!) to an afternoon of shopping ease with Clothes Mentor’s FREE Personal Shopper service. It was an experience that we are absolutely driven to share with our parenting community! Buckle up folks and get ready for a trip down ‘tired-parent-needs-new-clothing’ lane.

What is Clothes Mentor?

Clothes Mentor Storefront

At first glance, Clothes Mentor is just another thrift store. However, when I tell you this is more than your typical place to thrift, I am not exaggerating. Upon walking in, the store is neatly organized, fully staffed and C.L.E.A.N. That right there gives them a big giant star from me!

But then, as I began perusing through the racks of clothing, I noticed big name brands like Madewell, Ann Taylor, BCBG, Lily Pulitzer, Burberry (and more!) at unbelievably great prices and classic, on trend and ahead of trend, enviable styles. 

Honestly, shopping here is a no-brainer. The clothing is top quality, extremely well-priced and wait for it . . . size inclusive. With sizes from 00-3X, there is something for everyone! And with locations in both Greenville and Spartanburg, it’s just a short drive for anyone living in the Upstate!

Clothes Mentor Tryon

Free Personal Shopper: Your Own Style Whiz That Makes Thrifting Easy!

Okay, so you’re sold on Clothes Mentor. I get it. But hold on, there’s more! Clothes Mentor offers an absolutely FREE Personal Shopper service. They believe fashion should be fun not stressful. And this is where the fun comes in!

Before I walked into the store, I visited the Clothes Mentor web site and completed the personal shopper quiz. The quiz is an online form that asks basic questions about your overall clothing tastes, measurements, body type (pear, apple, etc) and what you are shopping for.

If you’re anything like me, you’ve been living in sweats, shorts & t-shirts for so long – all you really want is clothing that helps you feel like you again! 

Clothes Mentor Style Quiz

After entering my information, I needed to upload a full body photo. None of us love sharing a full body photo of ourselves but trust me, this is going to help your personal shopper really understand the right fit of clothing for you. I was flabbergasted at how well she nailed it! (keep scrolling to see what I tried on!)

Once I submitted all my information, a Clothes Mentor representative scheduled my Personal Shopper appointment and the rest is happy mom history.

A Personal Shopper That Doesn’t Pressure You? Yes, please!

The day of the appointment, my personal shopper introduced herself and walked me to a dressing room fully stocked with clothing, shoes and accessories, exactly my size and style! After showing me each item and offering recommendations on how to style the outfits, she moved on to her day and left me in a fully stocked dressing room all to myself.

You heard me: ALL TO MYSELF! No pressure, no peeks around the corner – just me, beautiful clothing and my own timeframe.

Clothes Mentor Dressing Room

I have to admit, I started out slowly and a little hesitant to step out of the dressing room. But as I embarked upon each new outfit, my confidence began to grow and I ventured out to the three-way mirror.

To my pleasant surprise, the no pressure guarantee wasn’t just a marketing ploy. My personal shopper came over when I had questions about how to put together certain outfits and then let me continue on without her.  She was amazing. 

What I really loved was the fact that every outfit suited my style comfort zone but included elements that pushed my boundary just a tad. She knew how to select pieces that were “so me” and knew how to elevate the look with elements that I wouldn’t normally be drawn to, such as:

  • statement necklaces
  • pointy-toed flats
  • pleather pants
  • leopard print

Just enough to expand my closet while still being me!

Check out the fit of these pieces! The personal shopper really has an eye for knowing what will look good AND make you feel good. Be honest & detailed in your online questionnaire and you will be rewarded with a wonderful experience.

Clothes Mentor Personal Shopper outfits

Honestly folks, my husband is lucky I didn’t leave with my entire vehicle completely filled with new clothes! I’ll be slowly revamping my closet as I become a repeat Clothes Mentor visitor and make the Personal Shopper service my go-to guilty pleasure.

Are You Ready to Meet Your Personal Shopper?

Let’s review how simple the personal shopper process really is:

  1. Complete Online Form
  2. Schedule Appt
  3. Show Up & Enjoy! (Located in Greenville & Spartanburg)
Clothes Mentor Fun

  • No minimum purchase = good luck tho, the clothing is amazing!
  • Free personal shopper = it’s like a best friend with excellent fashion sense!
  • Size inclusive = can we give a shout out to beautiful, size 00-3X bodies everywhere?!
Clothes Mentor Shopping

Clothes Mentor’s Personal Shopper service is the real deal! Everything they promised me was true and then some! Not only did I leave with zero pressure to buy and clothing that fit my body but I also left feeling confident in my own skin and refreshed from a few hours completely focused on myself. Clothes Mentor has nailed it. One question for you: will I see you there?!

Clothes Mentor Greenville 30 Orchard Park Drive, 864.297.7784

Clothes Mentor Spartanburg 1450 W.O. Ezell Blvd, 864.345.2930

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Dan’s Guide to the Prisma Health Swamp Rabbit Trail System

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The Prisma Health Swamp Rabbit Trail System is a mixed-use (walking/running/biking) path that stretches through Downtown Greenville up into Travelers Rest. Since opening in 2009, the popular trail has grown from 9 miles to 22, and sections are still being added all over the Upstate! As the trail grows, so does local business. Breweries, cafes, parks, and shops have all popped up along the path, providing Greenville residents with tons of fun activities!

A long-time resident of Greenville and a fan of getting outside and having fun with his family, Dan Hamilton shares some of his favorite stops along the trail system. Follow along as Dan walks us through the trail, starting in Downtown Greenville and ending in Travelers Rest. 


35+ Things to Do with Grandparents in the Upstate

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Are you looking for things to do with grandparents in Greenville, SC and across the Upstate? The grandparents are coming to visit your family in Upstate, SC, which is great! But what do you do with them together while they are visiting? We have a lot of ideas for you, most of which are based upon our own experiences with grandparents visiting. We’ve broken our list down by activity level.

I treasure the relationships my own kids have with their grandparents and wanted to do things with all of them to help strengthen those bonds while having fun. Hopefully, you get some good ideas here and are able to spend some quality time together with your grandparents when they are visiting you in Greenville, SC.

We organized the list according to activity level, from low to high. Low is the easiest and has the least amount of walking around while high is the opposite. 

This article includes:
Low Activity Level Things to Do With Grandparents in Greenville, SC
Medium Activity Level Things to Do With Grandparents Near Greenville
High Activity Level Things to Do With Grandparents


The 2nd Annual Fountain Inn Italian-American Heritage Festival is Happening in April 2023

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The second annual Fountain Inn Italian Festival is on Saturday, April 29th, 2023. Are you thinking about attending the festival? We have the schedule, the vendors, and all the details you need to plan your day to have an incredible time at the Italian-American Heritage Festival.

Fountain Inn Italian Festival

About the Italian-American Heritage Festival in Fountain Inn, SC

The quick facts:

  • Saturday, April 29th, 2023 from 12 pm to 6 pm
  • Main Street, Fountain Inn
  • Free Admission

This Italian-American Heritage Festival was a huge success for its inaugural year in 2022. This year’s festival seems to be giving the same amount of excitement, if not, more. There will be music, food, drinks, shopping from vendors, and activities. Last year there was a 50/50 raffle, corn hole tournament, and even a spaghetti eating contest! We’re so excited to see what 2023 holds—the committee says it will be bigger and better!


Visit Spartanburg Spring Fling!

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Spartanburg’s annual Spring Fling runs April 22-24, 2022 in the streets of downtown Spartanburg. If you are new in town or have not been to Spring Fling, plan to visit this special outdoor festival with your family. Most local families agree this is an event they look forward to all year.


Hatcher Garden & Woodland Preserve: Take A Garden Walk in Spartanburg, SC

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Have you enjoyed Hatcher Garden in Spartanburg, SC? Just a couple miles off of I-26 in Spartanburg, among shopping and restaurants on the busy main thoroughfare of John D. White, Sr. Blvd, is a 10-acre botanical garden and woodland preserve. 

The beautiful space is full of ponds, waterfalls, wildlife, trees and gardens with a wide variety of leafy and flowering plants. Hatcher Garden is open free to the public and should definitely be on your list of places to visit in Spartanburg.

Hatcher Gardens

Where Can Young Kids Volunteer in Spartanburg, SC?

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Are you looking for places where young children can volunteer in Spartanburg? We’ve come up with several places where young kids can volunteer, as well as places where kids can take donations in Spartanburg. Peruse the list and find a Spartanburg location that will motivate your child to give.


A Day in Brevard, North Carolina

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Fall foliage is not the only incentive to make the fifty mile trek from the Upstate to Brevard. The beauty of the mountains envelopes you long before you reach the actual town. The scenic drive up Highway 25 is dotted with produce stands, complete with pumpkins, and antique shops. Highway 64 through Hendersonville will carry you straight into downtown Brevard, NC. Though a bit longer, this route is preferable to highway 276 for me. I am not a fan of corkscrew shaped roads.


Shopping on Main Street in Brevard

Once in Brevard, there’s no shortage of things to do. Main Street is lined with eccentric shops and unique eateries. There are no parking garages, but it’s rarely an issue. Unlike Greenville, you are allowed to park in the lots of just about every public building and business. You cannot imagine how convenient that is until you are looking for a place to put your car.

This mini-Gatlinburg is a haven for anyone who loves collectibles, trinkets and other items that cannot be found at your local mall. Brevard is home to the original O.P. Taylor store. Your kiddos will love the two tier toy wonderland.


I can’t write an article about Brevard without mentioning the absolute coolest store on the block. It’s called The Children’s Center. TCC is a not-for-profit clothing store that supports children in Transylvania County who are at risk for being abused and/or neglected. This store is THE place to shop for the little members of your family. It is a special home for name brand clothes and handmade gifts for less.

Where to Eat in Brevard

Whether eating breakfast, lunch or dinner, you’re certain to find something to please the pickiest palate (bet you can’t say that five times fast). Our crew likes to eat a big breakfast before leaving on a day trip, so we usually snack for lunch and enjoy an early dinner. This brings me to my next recommendation. Have you heard of The Square Root restaurant? I immediately fell in love with this back alley surprise. In addition to the atmosphere, they have one of the most realistic children’s menus I’ve seen (every item is $4.95 and under). Your kiddos can enjoy their PB&J or corn dog while the adults at the table savor a more upscale entrée. My personal favorite was the juicy cheeseburger with a pickle and side of fries. Don’t forget to walk across the alley to Downtown Chocolates for dessert!


Other things to do in Brevard

In addition to all the food and merchandise, Brevard has historical sites you do not want to miss and practically sits in the backyard of Gorges State Park. The park offers weekly activities as well as monthly special events. You can visit their website for a full listing of family-friendly fun.

Brevard is only a hour and a half from Spartanburg and well-worth the trip. For even more ideas of things to do check out our list of Western NC Day trips on our sister site Kidding Around Greenville.

Now that I have peeked your interest, it’s time for you and your family to plan your next road trip!

Meet Andrea Beam
Andrea Beam works for the Greenville County School System, but her passion is writing! Greenville has always been her home. Her family enjoys exploring everything the town has to offer. In addition to Kidding Around Greenville, she blogs at Sunshine & Rain.

Enjoy the Perfect Park Day at Cleveland Park in Spartanburg, SC

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Have you visited Cleveland Park near downtown Spartanburg, SC? This gorgeous, heavily shaded park is located just off Asheville Highway and is the perfect place to spend the day with your family. This park has everything, from a large duck pond spotted with several species of bird, to an expansive playground. There is something new to experience with each visit. The park is handicap accessible, so everyone can enjoy the park without feeling restricted. So, grab your picnic basket and head to Spartanburg for a lovely day at Cleveland Park!

Cleveland Park in Spartanburg, SC