I have a new love. It married my old love fashion, and together has created a mini monster of sorts. My new love, consignment shopping, the mini monster, well me.
I can’t lie to you, I have never “thrifted” any of my clothes, I have read the blogs and seen the amazing finds of those that do but unless I have just been looking in the wrong places, I cannot seem to make it work for me. Consignment shopping is an entirely different animal. When you are dealing with a designer consignment shop you are dealing with high end consigners, people who barely use (or don’t at all in some cases) their clothes and when you have a good consignment owner, everything is in impeccable shape.
I discovered the concept of high end designer consignment back in February when I was experiencing a full blown fashion crisis (you know when you want to replace EVERYTHING you own). My sister and I were both set to visit our parents in Burlington, Ontario and decided I would look into a few shops in the area we could check out. I somehow stumbled upon the amazing Wish Boutique and knew we had to see what it was all about.
I was a little hesitant to pile my mom and sister in the car and head to a place I knew little about. You see, I have drug my family on many a wild goose chases before. Patrick still wonders why I have to enter Value Village every time we are near one since I
never rarely buy anything, but call me the undying optimist (or if you know me you probably wont) when it comes to fashion and home decor I am always looking for that one special find.
Anyways off to Wish we went, I had a fairly good idea of what to except as owner Leah has done a great job with their Facebook page but when we walked through the doors I thought I died and went to designer heaven. It is not a huge space but it is a perfectly laid out and tastefully decorated. You can tell Leah has spent a great deal of time organizing the store to ensure it is fun and easy to shop.
I really had no intentions of buying anything that day but my denim and jacket obsession got the better of me and I was able to snag a pair of Victoria Beckham jeans for $70 and a cute black spring jacket that still had the tags on it for only $30. The customer service was amazing and the selection and prices were awesome. I may be heading for a visit to Burlington this weekend and you know that Wish will be on my to do list!
After the fun we had at Wish Boutique, I knew I wanted to check out a few more. Leah pointed us in the direction of Closet 112 and By Consignment Boutique in Oakville, Ontario. I was able to snag a short black Zara coat with the most amazing bell sleeves for only $18 from By Consignment and at Closet 112 I picked up the lululemon wrap sweater that I have been dying for another of (but they no longer make) for $60.
Sadly, in Peterborough I have yet to find a designer consignment shop but this just means more adventures and searches for new places to check out on our visits to family and friends!
My mother-in-law recently told me about Rikochet Resale, a designer Consignment in Ottawa, Ontario and now I am itching to get to Ottawa for a visit so her and I can check it out in person. Rikochet has an amazing website and a great Facebook page which I have liked and follow to see what is new and exciting as they had the handbag I have been dying for (its picture has been on our fridge since November and we don’t keep anything on our fridge). Unfortunately my MK Hamilton had found a new home by the time I contacted Rikochet but, their customer service was great and they will ship to me which is even better!
I also stumbled upon Crimson Clover Boutique in Halifax, Nova Scotia (my former stomping grounds and the place I left my heart). This is an amazing consignment shop that I now follow religiously on Facebook. They are always posting new items and I can’t wait to check them out this summer when I get back out east!
These are just a few of my fav consignment boutiques that I have managed to stumble upon. Do you have any tried and true favourites? What about online consignment shopping? I have been looking into it but haven’t ventured there too much just yet. Who doesn’t love saving money on great designer finds?