Who is Clothes Encounters

Clothes Encounters is a locally owned women’s consignment shop serving Asheville, NC since 1987. While we specialize in women’s designer and high-quality brand name clothing  (see our favorite brands here).

Our staff of fashion experts can help just about any woman find clothes that help her look and feel her best.

We also offer shoe repair services for the entire family.  We invite you to call the store for more details about these services.

“Our shop has wonderful clothes, just like a high-end boutique but with much more affordable prices.”

Why shop consignment? Click the link to learn more about The Clothes Encounters Difference

How Clothes Encounters Began…

Confessions from a Shop-aholic

Hello, my name is Ronna and I love to shop!”

No, let’s be honest here: I live to shop. Just ask my husband, Rob, who issued an ultimatum after I’d managed to fill all three of our closets with my hard-won designer bargains: “The clothes must go, or else.”

Fortunately for both of us, his ultimatum was accompanied by a clever solution.

“Why don’t you sell them?” he suggested.

The thought of selling my own clothes intrigued me, and before you can say “Manolo Blahnik” it was happening… just through word of mouth! Our smallest bedroom became a combination walk-in closet and store. Soon after, our living room and garage had more racks than Filene’s Basement.

And that’s when it hit me: helping others shop for great clothes was just as much fun as shopping for myself — only I was actually making money instead of spending it.


Now 29 years later, I’m still doing the exact same thing, only in a location that’s much more convenient (for my shoppers and for Rob).

My staff and I have become attached to our customers! We pamper them; it’s such fun! We make sure that all our clothing is current and in tip-top shape. And we offer unbeatable value.

I encourage our customers to stop in often — because we receive shipments from our favorite consignees in New York, Los Angles and Miami — almost daily. So when you come by there’s no telling what you might find!

After a lot of experimentation over the years, we’ve found that our customers like seeing a nice selection of both everyday wear and name-brand jeans, to office-ready looks and cocktail dresses.

We find it especially satisfying to help our customers find clothing for special of occasions such as weddings, class and family reunions and job interviews.

Of course, the story of Clothes Encounters wouldn’t be complete without a thank you to Rob, my husband, “Thanks, hon, for showing me how to take a compulsion — and turn it into a business.”

~ Ronna Resnick, Owner, Clothes Encounters.