If you’re going to shop, shop the smart way 😉
WHAT I’M WEARING:
Sunglasses: Fully Covered Still Fly (now on sale 50% off) ; Cardigan: Tory Burch via Consignment Originals ; White Shirt: Banana Republic Factory ; Jeans: Abercrombie via Marshall’s ; Sneakers: Sincerely Jules via TJ Maxx ; Bag: Balenciaga via Fashionphile
Before we spill the beans on my favorite shops to buy pre-loved, consigned, and thrifted items I want to let you all know where my love for second hand came from. For as early as I can remember (maybe middle school?) I loved designer clothes. I used to save my lunch money just to buy Pepe jeans, Lot29, Rockawear and Baby Phat (yes very telling of the era I grew up in.) But as I grew older, my love for urban designer clothes shifted to a love for more expensive designer clothes. In my senior year of high school, I began wearing Tory Burch, Burberry, Gucci, and Juicy Couture. And here’s the thing- my parents weren’t buying designer for me. I’d work part-time jobs and spend all of my income on clothes. Very smart, I know… As I grew wiser and more knowledgeable of financial literacy, I stopped buying brand new designer and started looking out for second- hand designer! Now, being blessed to buy designer at retail prices, I still prefer to save coins and buy second hand.
The summer before I started college, I worked for the NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene and discovered a consignment shop called Hidden Treasures. It was there I found that I could purchase use, yet top quality designer items for a fraction of the retail price. The game changed after that, my friends. And that what sparked my quest to find consignment stores in every new city I moved to, and in every season of my life! Over the years, I have discovered some of the very best thrift, consignment and second hand shops/sites. So today I’ll be sharing my list with you, starting with online sites:
Best Online Sites to Shop Pre-Loved:
Best Consignment Shops in NYC
- Second Time Around
- INA NYC
- Buffalo Exchange
Best Consignment/Thrift Shops in CT
- Consignment Originals- Orange, CT
- Platos Closet- Milford,CT
- Savers – Orange, CT
- The Real Real – Greenwich, CT
- Designer Laber Consignment – Westport, CT
- Goodwill- specifically Westport, shelton & Fairfield locations
Best Children Consignment/Thrift Shops in CT
- Savers – Orange, CT
- Once Upon a Child- Milford, CT
- Twice as Nice Consignment- Hamden, CT
- Good as New – New Haven, CT
I’ve shopped at/been to every single shop listed above so you can trust that they’re good ones. And if you don’t live in NYC/CT or in close proximity, just google search the locations I mentioned. Many of these stores have multiple locations around the U.S. and might even have one in your neighborhood! And if you’re spooky about wearing pre-loved, always search TJX Companies for designer. Right now T.J. Maxx’s The Runway is my go-to for brand-new designer for a fraction of retail price!
Make sure you’re following me on Youtube. I’ll be sharing a video on my favorite consignment finds and at the discounted price! Happy Smart Shopping.