Arleen J. Gaetani
When I left AT&T after 10 years, I received a beautiful plaque from my co-workers with a great quote, “If you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life” I can honestly say that I have felt that way since opening NEW LEAF. Here’s our story…
NEW LEAF Consignment opened its doors on June 4, 1994. Its name was inspired by the 16th-century phrase “to turn over a new leaf,” which meant to turn a page in a book or start a new behavior. The new behavior was to be more aware of the Earth’s environment and to recycle new or gently used merchandise. Our mission is to provide a service to our clients by helping them turn over treasures they no longer want or need, to help them de-clutter their closets, and earn extra money all at the same time! Thinking ‘green’ has gained a lot of momentum over the years and the current fashion trend is to shop wisely.
As a young girl, Stephanie had an eye and love for fashion. She would create clothes for her collection of Barbie Dolls and would make the dolls’ clothes out of different materials and construction paper with a stapler or glue. Always fascinated with Fashion Magazines, she read every single one she could get her hands on.
Stephanie achieved a BS in Clothing, Textile and Merchandising /Marketing from Western Carolina University there, where she was:
Granted Outstanding Fashion Merchandising Student Award; Fashion writer for University Paper;
Creator of the annual school fashion show;
President of Fashion Merchandising Association; and
Member of Marketing Management Club;
Her first position was as a Buyer, after completing Lord & Taylor’s Executive Training Program. A position even till this day she loved with a passion.
She further enhanced her creative skills during the years her daughter, Francesca, performed and competed with several Dance Companies on the East Coast. Stephanie not only designed Francesca’s costumes but also created her visions as well.
NEW LEAF Consignment
16 Park Avenue, Madison, NJ 07940