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Seniors hunt for clothes in different ways

Judi McGovern looks at a new outfit at BonWorth‘s in Prescott Tuesday Jan 15. The BonWorth store caters to the mature woman’s taste and style of clothing. The Daily Courier, file photo

Judi McGovern looks at a new outfit at BonWorth‘s in Prescott Tuesday Jan 15. The BonWorth store caters to the mature woman’s taste and style of clothing. The Daily Courier, file photo

Clothes shopping was a chore for Judi McGovern.

McGovern was unable to find outfits in stores that appealed to her or fit.

Catalogue shopping was equally annoying for McGovern because of the hassle of returning clothes that did not work out.

"I work a lot of hours and I don't need extra things to do," she said.

That changed when she found a store in the Frontier Village Center that carries clothing for seniors like her.

"I didn't have any one place that I really zoned in on until I found this place," she said.

Bon Worth is one of the local stores that cater to women 45 and older.

Assistant Manager Donna Waiter said her staff frequently works with retirement and assisted living home staff to put on fashion shows.

"We'll do anybody that wants to supply the models," she said. "We love doing it."

Waiter said women enjoy the combinations of bottoms and tops they can put together.

The clothes there give women the flexibility and comfort they are looking for.

Waiter said they have seasonal clothing ranging from shorts and caprice pants to skirts, sweaters and blouses that are nice and look conservative.

"We get a lot of people that go on cruises," she said. "They want to find clothes that aren't skimpy."

Waiter added that the clothes are easy to maintain.

"They wash really well and they are comfortable," she said.

Women can find nice clothing without going to chain stores.

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Betty Robinson, executive director of the C.A.S.A. Senior Center in Prescott Valley, said many women also shop for clothes at thrift stores.

Robinson said the donated clothes they sell are a great source of revenue for the center.

"I think a lot of it is cost and comfort," she said. "It's just a convenience. After membership fees and Bingo, that's our biggest fundraiser."

People frequently donate items to the center with the original sales tags on them.

Suites, coats, jeans, shoes, hats, shirts and belts are all available for members to check out.

"There are some decent things in here, it's just finding something that will fit more than anything," she said.

Pat Thompson, a volunteer at the center, said she looks for clothes that have some style and are comfortable.

"I just do the sales," she said. "I'm not a shopper, I like a bargain."

Laverne Patterson does too.

Patterson looks through catalogs for some of her clothing.

"If I like it, then I order it," she said. "I don't buy as many clothes as I did 15 years ago because I don't run around as much."

Guys are a slightly different story.

Richard Snyder, 65, lives on a fixed income and he wears the same types of clothes he wore as a teenager.

"I only buy when I need something," he said.