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From club t-shirts to penny loafers, many girls find themselves with too many Academy clothes in their closets. Senior Isabella Duarte has found a solution for those who want to sell their old clothes for a low price. The Instagram account @ahn_apparel, run by Duarte, allows students to bid on items they want.
Isabella’s sister, Danielle (A’20), started the account back in May 2020, days after her senior year ended. Danielle found that she had many AHN clothes in her closet, so she had the idea to sell some for low prices.
Since Danielle is currently at college, Isabella took over the account right as the 2020-2021 school year began. Duarte has previous experience with the account; she provided some of her clothes to sell and spread the news when the account was created. Danielle still helps by teaching Isabella how to sell items and offering tips. For the business to operate efficiently, Danielle organizes locations, people, and items. The sisters have arranged to pass on their account to an underclassman after Isabella graduates.
“It has been such a cool experience running the account and seeing AHN students come together to sell and buy clothes,” said Duarte.
Duarte sells hoodies, uniform tops, uniform skirts, club shirts, mission trip shirts, quarter zips hoodies, penny loafers, mass uniform tops, mass sweaters, and uniform pants. There are plans to sell AP review books at some point. All items are available for purchase until the caption is labeled “SOLD.”
“I’d definitely recommend buying from the account, especially because uniforms and things can get so expensive. Plus, you’re helping other people clear out their closets, which is always good,” said Caroline Corcoran (’21).
Bidding increases by one dollar each bid, and after 24 hours, the item goes to the highest bidder. Duarte accepts payment by Venmo, PayPal, or cash. Selling clothes is not limited to alumni. If you are interested in selling items that you own but do not wear often, you can direct message Duarte. From there, students can arrange for Duarte to pick up the items herself or to drop it off at her house.
“I normally have a set starting price for each clothing item, and then people start bidding. All t-shirts are four dollars unless they are in bad condition. We also consider each item’s quality, for example, if they are brand new or worn in,” said Duarte.
Customers can have their items delivered at school for free or at their house delivery fee of three dollars. However, there are extra delivery fees for non-local customers since this business is based in South Tampa.
“Bidding was super easy, and so was the delivery. I was the only one who bid on it, so I got it for the set price. Then, I met her at AHN since I had swim,” said Allie Pramberger (’22).
AHN club shirts and sweatshirts are not just exclusive to campus, as many girls enjoy wearing them outside of school. Whatever your purpose for purchasing, supporting @ahn_apparel is a convenient way to find new clothes that represent the Academy.