Melody and her husband Lewis started Beautiful Lives Boutique in Fayetteville, Arkansas after launching an upscale nonprofit thrift store called Shop My Closet based in Little Rock. Profits from this store helped fund the mission of Go Near Ministry and James 127 Foundation to care for vulnerable women and children in Africa. The idea for reselling clothing for missions started with the Taylor family hosting countless garage sales to raise funds for their Go Near Ministry missions work in Guatemala and Africa. In 2012, a friend, Melanie Boutiettte returned from a Go Near mission trip in Africa with Melody and wanted to help raise funds for Go Near projects. Melanie invited her friends to donate their extra clothing and come shop at the first Shop My Closet event hosted in her home. It was a success! The heart behind this first event continues today in Little Rock at a nonprofit resale store called Haven Resale. The Taylor’s moved to Northwest Arkansas in 2016 to launch Beautiful Lives Boutique in Fayetteville. The store is successful in giving free clothing to women in need and shares profits with organizations that help women and children locally and globally. The dream is to expand this successful thrift store model to other areas of the US and overseas.
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