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know it based on how the shares of mainstream apparel retailers have fared --
but then again, Wall Street can be a little slow on the uptake when it comes
to recognizing major economic and social shifts -- but the proliferation of
thrift and consignment shops selling all manner of clothing, from casual
outfits to designer-label fashions to wedding gowns and formal wear, suggests
Americans are growing more and more comfortable with the notion of not buying
new and not paying full price for apparel. As the following reports seem to
make clear, a bargain can be very trendy:
Has Many Looking Thrift Store Chic" (USA
For Patrice J.
Williams, shopping at thrift stores started out as a way she could dress like
other women in her office without breaking the bank.
Now, she thinks
of thrift shopping as a "treasure hunt" — one that benefits
her closet and her wallet, says Williams, a 29-year-old freelance writer
living in New York City.
tell people I thrifted at first," says
Williams, who created a blog dedicated to helping readers shop on a budget.
"Now, I proudly tell my friends that my dress cost 50 cents."
of people looking for ways to save money in tough economic times, a growing
number of consumers have turned to resale shops to find their clothes,
furniture and household goods, said Adele Meyer, executive director of The
Association of Resale Professionals.
are thriving, popping up across the country. Within the last year, the number
of resale shops has increased by 7%, Meyer said. Much of the recent growth
can be attributed to young shoppers, many of whom are passing on trips to the
mall in favor of thrift stores, says Britt Beemer, founder and chairman of
America's Research Group, which has studied the trend.
Cheap: Wedding, Formal Consignment Shop Opens" (Tennessean)
I always like
to keep up with the latest news on the cheap retail front, and today
I’m happy to report a new wedding and formal wear consignment shop
— Something Old Something New — that opened last month in Lenox
Village off Nolensville Road.
The owner, Beth
Glascock, learned the ins and outs of the special-occasion dress market
through her volunteer efforts with the Fairy Godmother outreach program that
she and her Vanderbilt Orthopaedics office
organized to help needy high school girls get dresses for their proms.
brand-new, for-profit shop specializes in wedding gowns, bridesmaid, flower
girl and mother-of-the-bride dresses, as well as other items you might need
for a wedding, such as veils, shoes, vases, candles, guest books, wedding
planning books and more, all on consignment.
A lot of the
dresses are consigned by individuals, but Beth also has dresses from shops
that closed, and she has aligned herself with several boutiques and stores,
including one in New York, that often have excess wedding and formal
Beth said she
is getting customers locally as well as some bargainista
brides who make the trip from Alabama and Kentucky.
Consignment Shop Specializes in Designer Jeans, Stylish Apparel" (The
not much inside The Burnt Orange that isn’t for sale.
Hyatt will give you a good deal on everything from the clothes she consigns
from local people (name brand jeans are her specialty) to the hangers
they’re displayed on.
don’t try to make off with the Texas star that hangs on one of the
consignment shop’s exposed brick walls.
in the store is for sale except for my Texas star,” says Hyatt, a
native of Austin. “If you want to buy one of my wooden racks, you
even been known to sell the clothes off her back.
everything from the store,” says Hyatt, who recently sold her entire
outfit to a woman who complimented it. “I want to encourage people to
save and be wise about their money in this economy, while also feeling good
Open High-End Fashion Consignment Shop" (WTVT)
this Wesley Chapel Consignment shop, you can find just about every designer
label: Gucci, Prada, Chanel, Ferragamo, Tori Burch
and Christian LaCroix, to name a few.
What you will
also find two other gems: the owners, Amber and Allie Malott
-- 16-year-old twin sisters.
nice things," they chime in together.
planned to open their boutique in a few years, with their own collection they
designed. But then they met fashion consultant Tim Gunn at an event in Tampa,
and he gave them some advice:
to study business and marketing if we want to become fashion designers,
without interning. We said somebody really needs to make a high-end
consignment store. And we eventually said, nobody is, so we better,"
fashion magazines to stay on top of the trends, and they do dress to impress,
the whole thing about high-end clothing. They make you feel really good. The
fit, the material, it just makes you feel special," Allie said.
Stores: A New Destination for Designer Fashions" (Crofton
The number of consignment stores in the county are growing as
consumers, including fashion divas, realize they are the place to snap up
designer bags, shoes and other items.
As a college
student on a tight budget, Briana Printy discovered
the way to stretching her clothing budget was to shop in consignment stores
where the racks were filled with the designer labels she craved.
Inspired by the
items she found and the shoppers she met, Printy, a
Crofton native, opened her own store called Eye of the Beholder on Maryland
Route 3 two months ago.
shops are a great alternative to big box stores and department stores,”
she said. “Stores like mine are where people can find lightly-used but
high-quality designer items at good prices."
News: New Site to Sell Your Old Clothes; New App to Sell Your Old iPhone
consignment shop Refashioner.com (http://refashioner.com/) went live this
week. Billed as a “curated, online eco-mmunity”
for buying, selling and trading vintage clothing, users can apply to create a
“closet” and upload pictures of used clothing to sell—which
must be approved by the “ReFashion
police.” For more info, we direct you to the site’s 10-point
sustainable fashion manifesto.
Michael J. Panzner