Last weekend, I picked up a pair of freshly-hemmed jeans from my go-to seamstress (Melanie Cook of Silver Threads and Golden Needles), and she recommended I try a nearby consignment/overstock boutique that receives new inventory from stores across the country. As I mentioned yesterday, I love fashion, and I’ve heard tales of amazing finds at consignment and thrift stores—deals so amazing they border on legendary.
However, every time I’ve visited a thrift or consignment store in the past, most of the inventory was from another decade, unflattering, in poor condition, or in sizes nowhere close to mine. Then there’s the organization. Everything is stuffed onto racks often in no particular order, and as someone who finds department stores a touch overwhelming, the prospect of sorting through a bunch of densely packed and highly assorted clothes makes my skin crawl. My emotional tolerance for the process dies quickly, and I give up searching for that rare gem which will have my name inscribed in the annals of consignment shopping history.
Needless to say, I was a bit skeptical about visiting the shop, but I fortified myself and drove over to My Overstock Boutique. Located in a large warehouse in the Haw River area, our Saturday Spotlight forgoes some of the decorative flourishes of traditional shops in favor of an incredible selection that is updated often. When owner Mike led me through the door to the warehouse portion, I was taken aback by how much inventory was lurking there, and within a few minutes of scanning a nearby rack, I found a J. Crew Collection Pencil Skirt from last year on sale for $60.00 as well as a whole collection of their shoes (sadly, my size was a little scarce). Soon after I found a wool skirt from Ralph Lauren’s Blue Label for $125.00 (originally $275.00) that was out of my budget but gorgeous nonetheless.
Since I was in the market for bottoms or sweaters, I skipped the racks with dresses and blouses, but I could tell there were some beautiful pieces mixed in there as well. Ultimately, I brought that J. Crew Collection skirt to the fitting room along with a teal a-line design which was originally $220 marked down to $5. Yes, $5! J. Crew’s collection items are apparently even narrower in the hips than their normal designs, so that was a bust but my $5 skirt was a great success.
If you’re in the area, stop by to see what they have to offer but come prepared to spend some time searching through the racks. Had I more patience, I’m sure I would have left with more than the skirt.