With around 85 percent of items that are brand new, uncovered from fashion shows, boutiques, samples from the Merchandise Mart, fashion shows, fashion photo shoots and designers, Designer Resale of Chicago is a gold mine of consignment. Although a tad pricey, know that you’re getting new merch from Marc Jacobs, Louis Vuitton and their ilk for less. If that’s still too rich for you, peruse the 80-percent-off rack with items from $3 on up as well as regular pieces cut an additional 50 percent.
1821 W. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
Christine Sanderson’s Le Thrift launched in 2009 as an online-only biz working out of her house while she was unemployed during the recession. Referrals from friends and family made the business grow to a storefront which opened in May 2011 and now there are both online stores and retail stores. Le Thrift carries high-end labels like Chanel, Gucci, Ferragamo, Louis Vuitton and Prada, but it also stocks nicer brand names like Free People, BCBG Max Azria and Anthropologie. “We also take exceptions to unique or well made pieces and love higher end vintage items (real silk, wool, hand woven fibers, leathers),” Sanderson says. “We are not like other consignment stores where it is a crowded disorganized space,” she notes. “Our store is spacious, organized and clean. We want everyone to follow their own individual style and feel comfortable like it is a second home or your girlfriend’s closet you are going through to find treasures.”
809 S. Oak Park Ave.
Oak Park, IL 60304
Kellie Scott opened Divine Consign a few years ago after an accomplished career as an attorney. She turns away dusty antique furniture and rather focuses on carefully selected pieces as well as brand new items. Inventory arrives daily with shockingly low price tags affixed for such quality product. She wants readers to know that consignment furniture doesn’t necessarily mean used or old. Many of the items at Divine Consign are new or nearly new. For example, on the floor at press time was a Mig and Tig table for $1,999 that retails for $9,450.
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2465 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614
Two locations, Lincoln Park and another in Lake View, has kept the family owned and operated business humming since 1996. Elliott Consignment specializes in men’s and women’s designer clothing (think J. Crew and up from there like Zegna, Hugo Boss, Armani, Prada, Gucci, Burberry, etc). Filling the void for men’s consignment shops in Chicago, Elliott’s also has a large selection of women’s items. Browsers are pleasantly surprised at the like-new quality of merch.
Luxury Garage Sale
1658 N. Wells St.
Chicago, IL 60614
High-quality, well-curated apparel and accessories, nicely organized and moderately priced, add up to a wonderful consignment shopping experience at Luxury Garage Sale. Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Chanel and Gucci are some of the names stocked here and as an added convenience, you can shop online and come into the shop to try on clothing. Staff is welcoming and throws shade on nary a customer.
Jacky Runice has been a columnist with the Daily Herald Chicago since grunge music and flannel was the new black. Her fingers and gray matter have been busy as travel editor of Reunions Magazine; penning a column that was syndicated around the nation via Tribune Media Services. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.