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How to unlock the Able Sisters tailor shop in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Open the the shop and share your clothes

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An Animal Crossing character excitedly yelling in front of the Able Sisters shop Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo via Polygon
Julia Lee (she/her) is a guides producer, writing guides for games like The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom and Genshin Impact. She helped launch the Rift Herald in 2016.

To get all the hottest clothes in Animal Crossing: New Horizons on Switch, you’ll need to unlock the Able Sisters tailor’s shop.

To unlock Able Sisters, you’ll need to do a few other things first:

  1. Help build the Museum. (Donate five creatures to Tom Nook, and then donate 15 creatures to Blathers.)
  2. Help build Nook’s Cranny. (Donate 30 of each type of wood, plus 30 Iron Nuggets to Timmy and Tommy Nook.)

After Nook’s Cranny opens, Mabel the blue hedgehog will appear inside. From this day forward, she’ll appear on your island randomly to sell her wares in front of the Resident Services building.

While we’re not 100% sure what triggers Mabel’s desire to set up a permanent shop on the island. We only spent about 3,600 Bells on three items before she asked for help while on her fourth visit to our island. Other players report having her ask to move as early as their second visit, while others believe that that you need to spend more than 5,000 Bells. We’re trying to nail down this information and will provide exact details when we can.

Sable, a blue hedgehog, telling an Animal Crossing character that she wants to open a store Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo via Polygon

After she talks about opening shop, she’ll give you a plot to place. She won’t require any crafting materials, saying that Timmy and Tommy have donated her the leftovers from building Nook’s Cranny. Two days later, Able Sisters will open.

The Able Sisters opening allows you to buy way more clothes, and the selection changes frequently. You can even go into the changing room to try on all the clothes and buy multiple items at once. You can also share your designs on the clothing rack in the back of the store, and you may see your villagers wearing them.

Having the tailor’s shop open means you can share your custom designs using the terminal in the back of the shop, but you’ll need a Nintendo Switch Online subscription to do so.

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