I mentioned in my New York blog that my friend Kacy found two fabulous dresses at a consignment store--that was one treasure hunt I was not able to go on, sadly. NYC vintage and consignment shopping could be a whole other trip to the Big Apple.
Back in Seattle, I have been a big fan of Le Frock on Capital Hill, where you can score vintage finds as well as current labels, keep a sharp eye out while you peruse the rounders and you can find some amazing things. Show Pony in Fremont has a main floor of new lines and has a great collection of affordable and fabulous consignment upstairs. My friends and I even had a little consignment party of our own once at my friend, Kari's house. We cleaned our closets, brought bottles of wine, and put our stuff out for our girlfriends to see. The only rule was, you were not allowed to say, "You aren't giving that away, are you?!" to anyone. It was very fun, and we all came away with a few new things, plus had a great girls night in.
Consignment clothing has been around a long time and for good reason. You can make a little cash on items that get cleaned out of your own closet, plus find some beautiful pieces for a fraction of their retail value. Instead of just walking by, check out that great neighborhood store or seek out some of your city's well known vintage and consignment spots and stop by from time to time. What I love the most about it is that it is a great way to add original, chic pieces to your wardrobe. Love original. Love vintage. Remember, something someone else is ready to part with could be your next new favorite.
Details: My Dressing Room, 1817 Queen Anne Avenue North, Seattle, 98109.