Spot the Shop

5 Sep
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There is a rhyme and reason to different types of resale retail establishments. I am going to walk you through these need to know basics so you have a better understanding of what kind of store you shop at.


Just like it says. These stores mainly sell clothes and accessories that are from another era. Usually, items date back as far as the middle of the 20th century (1940’s, 50’s) with much focus on decades closer to the current one. Prices are extremely inflated! You must be aware that just because it’s “vintage”, doesn’t mean the value is worth it.

Example of a vintage store: SCREAMING MIMI’S  (LAFAYETTE AND 4TH ST)


So you want to make a penny or two? Sell your pieces collecting dust and give someone else the opportunity to make it special for themselves. But, this is no instant gratification. Consignment stores are extremely picky about what they choose to sell based on what you offer for them. They put it in their store for a specific amount of time and give you a cut of what they sell if for (typically around 30%). You do not see this money unless they sell it. Great place to find better quality and trendy pieces!

Example of a consignment store: ALLAN AND SUZI (CENTER ST. BTWN BROOM AND GRAND)


So you want to make a penny or two and want it now? Sell your clothing and walk out with cash! Resale stores take your unwanted pieces and give you a cut of what they would sell if for  on the spot (typically 30% for cash or 50% for store credit). They are also picky about what they choose to accept which is based on trends, style, and wear of the items you offer to them. Prices are fairly reasonable, depending on the store. You will find mostly ready to wear but will be surprised on a few sporatic high end pieces floating around in these shops.

Example of a resale store: BUFFALO EXCHANGE (11TH ST BTWN 1ST AND 2ND AVE)

Just a few tips before you run out of your apartment in excitement with credit card in hand ready to be swiped at the ready:

1. Just because the price is good, doesn’t mean you love it or will be of good value. Yes, price effects how you feel about a garment. Think about what it will go with in your closet. If it goes with at least 3 pieces in your wardrobe, it’s of good value. If you can’t imagine leaving the store without it, you love it. Otherwise, feel free to leave it for someone who will have better use for it.

2. Check for wear condition. Carefully scan the item to check for holes, rips, stains, and pilling. You want it to look like new and not like you dug it out of the reject pile from Goodwill.

3. Patience is a virtue. Look through EVERYTHING! Yes you target shoppers who like to get in, get what you need or went in for and get out, you will have to change your thinking for this shopping experience. I guarantee you will find amazing things with a little bit of patience.

You are now armed with some of the basic information and tools to find amazing things. Happy Shopping!


2 Responses to “Spot the Shop”

  1. havecoffeewilltravel September 6, 2011 at 7:36 pm #

    Great post! I love that you broke everything down, now I have a better understanding of just what kind of “resale” store I’m going into. Keep up the good work! 😀

  2. Rhonda Uretzky September 15, 2011 at 3:16 am #

    Love this post! Consignment is so hot right now – it helps to know that there are different kinds of consignment stores and what they can offer! I live in Lambertville NJ and we have Greene Street Consignment on Bridge Street (I have my eye on a Marc Jacobs satchel pocketbook for $185.. pricey for this store but soooooo worth it!) My latest purchased bargain was a pair of woven leather Frye wooden heeled sandals, picked out by none other than you, Jamie!

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