Asbury Park Trading Post. A Brand New World
The urge to re-invent yourself, to change your job, your whole way of life is something a lot of people think about, but very few have the courage to do. Pat Jordan is one of those rare adventurous spirits who put down her putters to see if the grass is greener on the other side of the greens.
Pat Jordan left behind a 30+year career as a golf pro to open the Asbury Park Trading Post with partner Susan Sitar-Clark. During her golf life, she ran a golf school and coached the Rutgers and Monmouth University Golf Teams and trained a huge number of students. Her reason for the change is simple. “I think 30 years of anything is enough. I had been surrounded by affluence throughout my golf career and I knew I wanted to give back. You reach a point in life where you want different things, like more time with the family, to go to school plays and ballgames. Susan and I knew we had reached that point and in November, we opened this amazing shop.”
Susan is the fashionista, Pat the marketing wiz behind the Asbury Park Trading Post, a high end men’s and women’s fashion and accessories consignment store with everything from J. Crew to Jimmy Choo. Both women are avid recyclers, and felt that consignment was the ultimate recycling. Soon they began taking in gently worn Armani suits, Versace dresses, Gucci and Louis Vitton handbags and giving them a second life, by selling them at very reasonable prices. The items are kept for 60 day cycles after which time the owners can take them back, though most have chosen to donate them. “We started a Pay It Forward” program, which you can see on the website www.AsburyParkTradingPost.com. We select a charity and donate bags and bags of incredible items that earn them money.”
“This economy, Pat continues, has forced many people to re-invent themselves. In my case, I just wanted to change. Either way I just want people to embrace their inner conqueror and go for it. Nothing is beyond you, so don’t set limits on yourself.”
The team was convinced that the funky vibe of Asbury Park with it beautiful past and hopeful spirit was the only place to open this business. They host lots of private shopping events for groups of up to 10, with wine and cheese where shoppers can enjoy trying and buying clothing and accessories, shoes, boots, bags, jewelry and more. You can check out many items on their website, but it’s more fun to see them in person. “It’s an adventure just coming here, so come on down.”
Asbury Park Trading Post
110 Bond Street, Asbury Park