8 Tips for Shopping Consignment
Being a celebrity stylist for 15 years, I always liked to get my clients the most for their money. That is how my love for and loyalty to consignment shopping was born. I began to discover great little consignment shops with the most amazing clothing and accessories. Manhattan consignment stores are especially full of the latest and greatest items. I love that you can find the best staples for your wardrobe at amazingly affordable prices.
Consignment shops are really wonderful places to pick up beautiful clothing, shoes and accessories for special or everyday occasions. So many items are often only worn once and are resold at a fraction of the original cost. For those of you who are unfamiliar with consignment shopping, I want to share a few of my trade secrets for getting started. Here are my eight tips for shopping for consignment:
- Do your research. I always do my research before I go to a consignment shop. Look online, or call ahead to see what kind of merchandise they carry to make sure they have the items or style that you're looking for.
- Know a bargain when you see one.Have an idea of what the item you're considering would cost at a retail store, so you can understand what kind of bargain you are getting. To me, there is no greater thrill than that of a great bargain!!!!!
- Look at every item.It's important to make sure you look at every item in the store. You don't want to miss out on that perfect staple you will have forever!
- Avoid sticker shock. Many times there are items for sale that are new with tags. Expect to pay a bit more for brand new items.
- Examine the pieces carefully. If you find something you like, make sure you check it for rips, stains or tears. Examine the seams for pulling and underarms for holes. Make sure knees and elbows are not too worn. Test zippers and snaps to be sure they work. Look for stains, especially under the armpits. You don't need to be wearing anyone else's stinky shirt! (Usually the consignment rules restrict torn or stained clothing from being sold, but items could sometimes slip in, so it helps to carefully inspect before you buy, since there is usually a no return policy.)
- Go often! If you find a shop you love, try and go once a week, as they are constantly adding new merchandise.
- Be in the know. Try and establish relationships with employees and owners of the store. That way they can keep you informed of upcoming sales or new merchandise coming in that you are looking for.
- Most importantly, have fun!!! Make it an exciting experience. I look at each item I purchase from consignment shops as a treasure, because I know I would never pay retail for that piece.
Do you have any questions about consignment? Leave them below so I can answer them in my next guest blog!
About Lauren Maslin: Growing up in the fashion industry, Lauren Maslin has spent the past fifteen years as a sought after celebrity stylist on both coasts. Early in her career, she was the on air makeover stylist for The Maury Povich Show. Lauren went on to work as the stylist to Jon Stewart, host of The Daily Show, for 11 years. She created EncoreMaternity.com because, "while I was expecting, it was important to me to maintain my pre-pregnancy style but I didn't have an unlimited budget. I knew Encore could help other expecting moms look and feel great. My financial priorities were always my baby's needs, not springing for designer labels, " Lauren says. While Lauren is extremely proud of her career highlights her most accomplished role is that of mother to her son Jake.