I am a big fan of sales. Who isn't? On a recent trip to the city, the Boyfriend and I avoided our usual haunts and shopped consignment. Not familiar with consignment? Well, when people with fancy clothes realize their closet it too full to fit more fancy clothes, they call the consignment shop. The buyer will check over the clothes and assign them a price. When the item sells the original owner gets a percentage, usually 40-60%, and the store keeps the rest. Most stores have a consignment period. If a piece sits there for longer than that time, it gets marked down or sent back.
New York City has lots of fancy ladies with full closets, so there are a lot of consignment shops. If you want to make an afternoon of it head to the East Village, Soho and Nolita. In one day, we stopped at ten different consignment shops including Roundabout, Cadillac's Castle, STA, Tokyo Joe's & Buffalo Exchange.
I wound up getting a few amazing pieces, most of them with their original tags still attached, including these Theory shorts. I've been looking around for a pair of plaid shorts and have tried on at least three pairs. I picked up these at Roundabout (their Soho location has a great contemporary collection) along with an adorable Chloe skirt.
Next time you come to New York City, be sure to check out some of these shops. You might just score an amazing piece at an out of this world price. Think Chanel for 60% off. Yeah, it's that good.
BTW, it was a little chilly out when I took these photos! Brr!
Jacket - Sachin & Babi
Sweater - Banana Republic
Shorts - Theory
Tights - via DSW
Booties - Joie