Shopping Map: Consignment Stores

Tis the season: Purge, purchase, and repeat.

By Laura Cassidy March 25, 2011

A Lanvin top awaiting reassignment at My Dressing Room on Queen Anne.

Spring cleaning and new spring wardrobe pieces go hand in hand; out with the old and in with the new.

I think it’s both the old and the new that have inspired so many questions about consignment lately. Everywhere I’ve been, no matter the group I’m talking with, it tends to come up.

Which of Seattle’s buy-and-sell boutiques is right for you? Here are a couple of suggestions that ought to steer you in the right direction.

-If you’ve got a stack of past season Lauren Moffat pieces from Les Amis that you’re just not wearing anymore, head to Driftwood Consignment, but be prepared to be tempted by cast-offs from Betty Lin and ’80s dresses some savvy girl scored at her neighborhood vintage shop.

-Ladies, if that Escada jacket served its purpose and hasn’t seen the outside of your closet since, bring it to Alexandria’s where you’ll probably find a Theory blazer, boxy Eileen Fisher cover-up, or luxe cashmere cape to replace it.

-It happens to the best of us. If you’re sure you’re never going to fit into that slinky Chanel dress from S/S ‘08. Take it to Bea at My Dressing Room where many, many very high end dresses and separates await reassignment. It wouldn’t surprise me if you found a hot little Stella McCartney number to replace it.

-You just cleaned out her closet and then she cleaned out yours. It brought you closer together, and you’ve never been more in love. Bring your Barneys-bought splurges and Banana Republic basics to Le Frock where the co-ed consignment is ultra cozy (yes, that means the small store is packed with merchandise).

-Those who like to remain in control of things even when you’ve ostensibly ceded power will like Between Friends, where you can track your goods via an online program and know the instant someone else has scored your chic yet lawyerly power suit.

-You’re a consigner with a heart of gold. You don’t care so much about making a little dough back on your investment as you do, say, the environment. Donate to Karen’s Vintage Couture and feel darn good about it.

Ready to clean up and renew? The second part, at least, is a snap. We’ve plotted the above shops and a few more on this Consignment Shopping Map.

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