Does anybody buy or sell clothes at designer agencies /consignment stores?

(42 Posts)
ArcticRoll Wed 24-Jul-13 11:58:17

I'm about to sign lease on shop to open such a store, very excited and scared too!
I want it to be a beautiful environment so it feels like a high end boutique rather than a glorified charity shop. I will have to be quite ruthless in the type of clothes I accept to keep the feel of the shop high end.
Would be really helpful if anyone who uses these type of stores had any positive or negative experiences/tips which I could bear in mind when I open. Thank you so much.

allmycats Thu 25-Jul-13 15:24:46

I have used these shops in the past - both to sell and purchase and the advice I would give, based on my own experience is -

Be RUTHLESS with choosing your stock and maintain the quality - I do not want to be seeing high street unless it is top end such as Reiss, Whistles, Hobbs etc - you can buy lower end high street in charity shops.
IMO opinion White Stuff etc is not high enough end.

Make sure your lay out is clean/sharp and user friendly and not over stocked.

If you find something really exceptional that does not fit in with your usual lines may be have a very small selection called 'something different'.

Good Luck !!

ArcticRoll Thu 25-Jul-13 16:14:01

allmycats-thank you for all your helpful advice.Yes agree I will have to be quite strict on what clothes I accept,agree that White Stuff may not be high end enough but it might suit the area and demographic where I'm selling, it is going to be quite interesting working out what to stock. Also take on board what you're saying about accepting items which are exceptional but don't fit in with wider style.
Agree about not overstocking-some of the shops I've been in which I haven't liked have been rammed with stock.

santamarianovella Thu 25-Jul-13 17:55:48

arctic all the ones i visited in london and paris,concentrate on handbags ,belts ,scarves.. etc all high end designer and they are doing very well,extremely well in fact. as it has been mentioned, the atmosphere of the place is crucial. and keeping your customers updated with new stocks is important.
i wish you all the best of luck,and would love to visit your store one day!

ArcticRoll Thu 25-Jul-13 18:39:30

Thank you santamarianovella.

ArcticRoll Fri 23-Aug-13 21:58:18

Have signed lease and about to refit shop ... Very excited and scared so any other nuggets of wisdom would be most appreciated!

bigredbook Sat 24-Aug-13 06:07:44

All good ideas.

Would add- keep ur stock appropriate to the season.

Good luck

HarryandJess Sat 24-Aug-13 09:59:45

If you can get into London it might be worth checking out The Loft (just off Shaftesbury Avenue). I used to go there a lot when I lived down South and it clearly does something right as it has been going for years.

ArcticRoll Mon 09-Sep-13 20:00:30

Thank you bigredbook and HarryandJess for your advice-will look at The Loft next week when I'm in London.

LaFataTurchina Mon 09-Sep-13 20:27:38

Ooh that's very near my parents house. I will make sure to pop in and have a look when you open smile

I think you should do really well, lots of young mums in that area who I bet would love to go buy something nice without having to go all the way into town and pay extortionate bus fare/parking.

ArcticRoll Fri 20-Sep-13 18:20:16

LaFataTurchina- yes think this location is perfect for such a shop-please pop in and say hi! Open launch is Saturday 12th October from 9am-6.30pm-there will be prosseco, canapes, rafffle...be great to see Mumsnetters there!

ArcticRoll Sun 10-Nov-13 17:10:10

Thanks for all the advice-we've now been open four weeks and have tried to incorporate all the advice given here-so far it's going really well so thanks for all the tips!

What is the shop called?

ArcticRoll Sun 10-Nov-13 17:35:10

NoArmaniNoPunani-Preloved of Brighton-up at Fiveways in Brighton.

TJH1 Sun 10-Nov-13 20:29:57

For a min I thought the shop was called NoarmaniNopunani, lol. Good luck with your venture.

adriana08 Sat 12-Mar-16 02:00:32

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CaoNiMao Sat 12-Mar-16 05:55:22

Ariana, you have resurrected at least three threads on this topic. This is spamming. I'm reporting you.

aaaa0802 Wed 27-Apr-16 22:17:07

I have tried afashionistastore.com . I needed a dress for a wedding so I found a nice blue Pucci lace dress.

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