5 Consignment Boutiques for Sample Sale Junkies {NYC Edition}!

Did you miss your favorite fashion designer’s Fall/Winter 2012 sample sale? Have no fear, we’ve got 5 consignment boutiques for {NYC} sample sale junkies!

For Models off Duty

Ina is perhaps the most well known designer resale boutique in the city. Shop any one of their manhattan locations for current collection shoes, handbags and separates, from Marc Jacobs, Chloe, Zac Posen and Thakoon.

For Uptown Girls

La Boutique Resale In addition to a fabulous inventory of shoes from designers including Jimmy Choo and Christian Louboutin, La Boutique offers both current and vintage designer fashions from Chanel, Prada and Hermes.

For Happening 20 Somethings

Second Time Around Fresh from the sales floor at Barney’s Co-Op, STA is a one-stop shop for followers of contemporary lines like Marni, Dries Van Noten and Vince. Whether you’re looking for a cocktail dress or a work horse piece, STA offers of the moment brands and even offers a frequent buyer card.

For The Designer Bag Lady

offers a mix of on-trend and classic pieces from designers like Rick Owens, Balenciaga and Lanvin. A premier new and used couture destination, Roundabout is yours truly’s favorite shop for shoes and handbags.

For Downtown Style Mavens

Resale Riches
Gently used gems from Alaia, Matt Bernson, and Gucci make Resale Riches Tribeca’s toast of consignment. Set apart by an appointment-only designer showroom, Resale Riches boasts an exclusive inventory for the most resourceful post-sample sale huntress.



Style Intelligence: 10 Secrets to Consignment Shopping in NYC and Everywhere Else!

Luxury consignment shopping is exhilarating. Whether you are hunting for that perfect pump you saw in Vogue, chasing J.Lo’s Gucci sunglasses or are simply open to the fashion possibilities, no matter the mission, a smart shopper is always strategic.

1. Do your research. Madison Avenue on New York City’s Upper East Side hosts some of the city’s most sought after consignment boutiques. You owe it to yourself to check out at least 3 of them in one trip. This goes for any city. Google neighborhoods of interest to find the best re-sale retailers.

2. Make a list. Know what you want, and stick to it. Luxury consignment stores are nothing like Target. At Target, you go in with a plan to buy one item and walk out with 15 more. Impulse buys at luxury retailers can cost you a month’s worth of rent.

3. Set a budget. Need I say more?

4. Carry cash. This secret helps a girl avoid the smoking debit card and also helps you stay on budget.

5. Bring a fashion-forward friend. This secret goes without saying, as we usually shop in pairs. However, for consignment shopping, avoid bringing the “Yes, girl” friend along. Instead, invite the friend who’s brutally honest, she’ll help you avoid buying that dress that’s two sizes too small.

6. Know your designers. If you’re on the hunt for a Chanel jacket, it helps to know the retail price so that you aren’t blind to price gouging.

7. Try on EVERYTHING! If you’re a newbie to a select brand, be sure to try the piece on even if your pretty sure its your size. DVF’s size 6 may be H&M’s size 2.

8. Invest in what you love. If your gonna buy that Prada top, you’d better be proud of it!

9. Ask about their return policy. Very few shops like these have lenient return policies. Be aware of signs that read “ALL SALES FINAL”.

10. Join their mailing list! Most boutiques send out email blasts or postcards letting valued customers like you know when their having a sale. Take advantage, because close-out sales worth shopping usually only happen bi-annually.

Shop & Learn,