End of Season Sales: Consignment Styles

Wool plaid skirt I was trying on that was significantly discounted.

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. 

Prada wool evening dress. Under $200.

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. 

I absolutely fell in love with this coat, and it was forty percent off.

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. 

There’s nothing like a clearance consignment rack. Great place for closet bargains.

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. 

What’s Your 2020 Vision?

Image of me, Jacqueline Jenkins, hard at work on my 2020 vision board.

At the start of the new year, I posted my thoughts on the past decade.  While much has occurred, there is one thing that remains consistent.  For the past ten years, maybe even fifteen, I have started my year by doing a vision board.  My vision boards have served as a source of motivation and direction.  So, I did the same for 2020.  I am pleased to say that one of my college classmates and fashionista, Carol Anthony, joined me in the process, and we kicked off our vision board session with a Texas-inspired brunch and tons of discussion about what the year would hold.  These are my top five tips on making a vision board.

  • Spend time reflecting.  What’s the saying, “In order to know where you are going, you must know where you have been.”  Usually, in mid-December, I start shifting my mindset from closing out the year to planning for the new one.  Because of my vision board, I am able to assess my progress.  I journal what happened, what didn’t happen, and why.  The reflection process is my time to hold me accountable for my successes and misses for the year.
  • Set goals that help maintain balance and peace in your life.  If all your effort goes towards one goal, there is a chance that other areas in your life might become neglected.  Please don’t get me wrong.  There are times, like when I was in grad school, where all our energy was focused on just one thing.  However, our lives are meant to be lived with a sense of balance and purpose.  For this reason, I divide my vision board into quadrants.  Each square is devoted to an area in my life that I would like to see change.  These are examples of what I’ve focused on in the past – finances, relationships, career, and spirituality.
Clippings from Vogue that capture my themes for the new year.
  • Make it colorful.  Because we want our futures to be bright, I tend to fill my board with imagery that is vibrant and channels the positive energy that I need to get me through the year.  For this reason, I start collecting magazines around October to be used for my board.  I also get creative by using paints, markers, and stencils to share my thoughts for the future artistically.
  • Think big.  Since only we can say where we plan on putting our efforts, put in your mind that you will use these next 365 to do BIG things.  Don’t cheat yourself out of your greatness by setting your goals too low.  Since its your vision, go BIG with it.  For example, instead of setting a goal of just losing weight, commit to living a healthy lifestyle that will enable you to achieve your weight loss goal while also creating habits that enhance your overall health and wellness. 
  • Keep it in front of you.  Now that you have a board that inspires and directs you for the year don’t hide it away.  Hang your vision board in a place that you will look at on a frequent basis.  A tip that I saw from a lifestyle blogger was to take a picture of your vision board, so you can carry the image with you. 
The time spent making the vision board truly pays off in the end.

Here’s to an awesome 2020 to kick-off the decade.  Happy vision boarding!!!!