Sell Your Sole Consignment Boutique
Letting a store sell your lightly worn clothing items can be goldmine—when done right. Many stores take at least 60 percent of the sale, but this Belltown shop splits it right down the middle, 50-50, while high-end designers like Chanel or Louis Vuitton mean the owner gets 70 percent. But the real secret here is the service: The store’s owner developed a new app that tells sellers when their items have been sold and manages a wish list so you’ll be alerted when someone else brings in killer Louboutins in your size. The staff will also come to your house to do a closet clean-out, picking out items most likely to sell. 2121 First Ave, Ste 101, Belltown, 206-443-2616 sellyoursoleconsignment.com
Neiman Marcus Indulgences
Though the Bellevue Neiman Marcus store may be best known for its chic clothing, there’s a private spa room in the beauty department. When you buy a scrub or other facial product, a licensed aesthetician will perform a complimentary facial using the product. As if that wasn’t treat enough, every diner at the in-house restaurant, Mariposa, is served complimentary warm popovers with strawberry butter. Neiman Marcus 11111 NE Eighth St, Bellevue, 425-452-3300 neimanmarcus.com
Seattle Children’s Bargain Boutique
Where are all the designer duds hiding? Most seem to congregate at this Shoreline thrift shop, stocked completely with clothing, antiques, and home items donated to raise money for uncompensated care at Seattle Children’s Hospital. It’s not unusual to find a pair of Jimmy Choo heels, a Kay Unger dress, or a Dooney and Burke purse. Plus there’s the rush of, you know, helping the children. 15835 Westminster Way N, Shoreline, 206-448-7609 www.seattlechildrens.org
You can pay personal stylists $75, $100, or as much as $200 per hour in Seattle—or you can get a personal shopper for free at any Nordstrom department store. Note whether you’re looking to assemble a single outfit for a special occasion or reshape your wardrobe (you'll have a full two hours), and fill out a questionnaire about your needs, sizes, and style icons. A Nordstrom staffer will pull pieces and will even help determine which of your existing togs should be kept, consigned, or donated right away. Nordstrom, 877-310-8537; nordstrom.com
Barneys New York
In downtown Seattle, Barneys New York holds spa events about twice a month, usually on weekends—customers can get a free neck massage and facial in a private room. Access to spa days is secured through the cosmetics department, so it’s good to become buddies with the staff behind the counters.
Barneys New York, 600 Pine St, Downtown, 206-622-6300; barneys.com
Short on money but long on time—and hair? Our city boasts several hidden hair academies where stylists-in-training (under professional supervision) cut, color, and sculpt ’dos for less than the cost of lunch, though the time commitment might last through happy hour. Haircuts start at only $14 with color and highlights as low as $35 at area schools such as the Gene Juarez academies and Gary Manuel Aveda Institute.
Gene Juarez Academy 2222 S 314th St, Federal Way, 253-839-4000 and 6007A 244th St SW, Mountlake Terrace, 206-365-6900 genejuarezacademy.com
Gary Manuel Aveda Institute 1514 10th Ave, Capitol Hill, 206-302-1044 gmaveda.com