Now is the best time to go consignment shopping. Since the selling frenzy between Thanksgiving and Christmas is past, consignment stores are trying to get rid of their wintery items to make room for the spring season. As you know, consignment stores already come with a discount compared to traditional retailers, but this time of year, you will be sure to find 30 to 50 percent sale signs. Since many consignment stores are small boutiques, space is an issue. Therefore, whole stores versus certain items typically are on sale at this time.
While strolling my Brooklyn neighborhood this weekend, check out what I found. First, I went to Consignment Brooklyn located at 371 Atlantic Avenue. This is one of my favorites because the store is organized primarily by clothing item and color. This is extremely helpful for quick browsing, and it is extremely easy on the eye. While checking out a rack of black, the NYC color, evening dresses, I was stopped in my tracks by a wool Prada number. Sweet!!!!! I checked the size, yep that worked. A consignment tip is to try things on because the sizing may be off. This is especially true for vintage pieces.
While I loved, loved, loved, the piece, there was a gathering in the lining that threw off the dress layout. This was a bummer because, with a 40 percent discount, I could have taken this dress home for under $200.
Not to despair, I walked a little further down Atlantic Avenue to visit Foyer Vintage, an eclectic assortment of high and low- end pieces located at 80 Bond St. Once again, this truly is the best time to vintage shop. Bam!!! I see the same leather, camel coat with the mink collar that I saw at the beginning of the season. The only difference was that the coat was 30 percent off. I scored this amazing 1960s leather coat for under $200.
So run, don’t walk to your favorite consignment shop to grab the end of the season deals. Remember, you can shop your closet, and you can also shop a fellow fashionista’s closet through consignment shopping.