When you are on the hunt for designer clothing, you can wait for a sale at the department stores, browse the “brick and mortar” boutiques, or check out the other option of consignment shops. Over the last few years, designer consignment shops have become an increasingly popular option for women and men alike. These stores have popped up in neighborhoods, cities, and online. At these shops, you can find designer clothing, accessories, and shoes at prices that are well below their competitors. Sometimes the merchandise appears hung like with wholesale clothing racks while in other instances expect to see a plate of glass between you and the goods. Typically, the items that you find will usually be gently used, but could even be new with tags.
One consignment store that you can visit in person is called, Designer Resale Consignment and is located on 81st Street in New York City. Another that I found was Elliot Consign, which not only has two stores in the city of Chicago, but also has listings of their consignment items on Ebay. Some of these items are listed on a bidding auction and some may be purchased immediately. For example, one Ebay listing from Elliot is a Hugo Boss two-button, medium blue wool blazer in size 38 regular. It is listed for $188 or best offer, so you can offer a lower price and the seller may take you up on it. Even shipping is free on this one!
Another consignment item from Elliot is from Prada. It is a black and white, fine striped cotton dress shirt that comes in medium. This Prada shirt is stated to be in excellent condition, is listed for $98 or best offer and can be shipped anywhere for $6.25. The third item is by Cole Haan. It is a tan jacket with a removable liner and a fur collar for $58 or best offer. The jacket is 100% cotton, has free shipping, and would make a great transitional piece for the price.
Consignment shopping is a terrific alternative in shopping and can be like a treasure hunt, but know their return policies and remember that sizes are limited.