Resale Royalty

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Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media
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Refreshingly real clan anchors mild fashion reality show.

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Positive Messages

Even though the mother-daughter trio at the center of this show sometimes argues, the fact they're able to make a business work together sends a powerful message of family unity.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Most of the women featured on the show uphold the old Midwestern stereotypes about niceness -- they're polite to employees and to each other and treat each other with respect. They do complain about each other in behind-the-scenes interviews, however.


"Damn" and "hell," plus some bleeped cursing: "s--t."


Constant discussion of high-end fashion brands: Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Jimmy Choo. Viewers will learn about various designer products in great detail.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Characters sometimes drink wine or champagne at events or when visiting clients to look through their closets.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Resale Royalty is a reality show centering on a designer resale shop run by a mother and her two daughters that is fun watch-together fare. The business owners spotlighted on the show are respectful to employees and clients alike, running a solid business with a national reputation, with just a bit of bickering. There is some cursing, bleeped and unbleeped, and some mild disparagement of other characters in behind-the-scenes interviews. Characters occasionally drink onscreen, but no one acts drunk. Set in a store that sells designer clothes, shoes, purses, etc., there is near-constant discussion of various brands.

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What's the story?

For decades, Sue McCarthy has run designer resale shop Women's Closet Exchange from St. Louis, building up a national reputation as a buyer and seller of exquisite designer duds. Now her two grown daughters, Diana and Laura, have joined her to help run the business, and together the crew is RESALE ROYALTY. Together the McCarthys and their staff of dozens of female employees plan events, visit client closets to pick them clean of dresses and handbags, help shoppers find what they're looking for, and dicker over the prices they'll offer to those who come in with something to sell.

Is it any good?

"We're not a consignment shop," Sue McCarthy says firmly. "We're a high-end designer retail store." The difference? We get to watch as customers paw through exquisite, expensive bags, scarves, shoes, and dresses, a feast for the eyes of fashion-lovers. Those same fashion-crazed viewers will appreciate the wealth of inside information on various brands, such as when the Louis Vuitton monogram pattern first appeared (1896!) and why the holograms used to authenticate Chanel bags often thwart identification.

Another treat: Though most fashion shows are populated only by model types, Women's Closet Exchange employs a group of very real-looking folks, many of whom could be your mom or grandma. Not only is it refreshingly fun to see people who don't look perfect onscreen, the diversity sends a powerful message that fashion and style are ageless and available to everyone. This plus the appeal of watching a family-run business, similar to Pawn Stars, and a bunch of nice people working hard to do a good job, makes Resale Royalty something more than a fashionable throwaway trifle.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the show's origin. Stylist Rachel Zoe is the executive producer of this show. How do you suppose she knows the McCarthys? Have you watched The Rachel Zoe Project? How is that show different from this one?

  • Watch a few other fashion-oriented shows, like Project Runway or Dukes of Melrose. How does Resale Royalty compare to these shows?

  • The store featured in Resale Royalty sells many designer brands. Does watching the show make you want to own anything by these brands? Do you think the show is designed to make you want to buy the brands mentioned?

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