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

(39 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.

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

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

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

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

What is the shop called?

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!

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!

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 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.

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.

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

All good ideas.

Would add- keep ur stock appropriate to the season.

Good luck

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!

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

Thank you santamarianovella.

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 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.

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 15:17:31

pierpressure-Yes I would like to find such a source!!

pierpressure Thu 25-Jul-13 15:14:55

I gather it helps if you have a constant source of clothes coming in from a celebrity clothes expert wink

ArcticRoll Thu 25-Jul-13 15:11:38

pierpressure-thank you for DM-have replied-looking forward to seeing you when I open!
Yes have heard about the one in Cuckfield-am planning a visit for research shortly.

ArcticRoll Thu 25-Jul-13 15:00:46

allthingspretty-no I don't think I will sell online initially but may reconsider once I open.I will have Twitter,FB,Instagram and Pinterest accounts to link to new items coming in.

pierpressure Thu 25-Jul-13 14:59:07

Have sent you a pm as would also love to visit.
I echo that you need friendly staff when you can afford it. I used to go to one in Chiswick where they were so rude, I stopped going in. There is one in Cuckfield though which is fab, very friendly and brilliant stock, I have taken loads of DFL friends there!

Allthingspretty Thu 25-Jul-13 14:48:32

On the other hand there is a nice one not so far away from me that is lovely with woodwn fkoor boards etc. Prices are reasonable too.

Are tou going to be online too Artic?

ArcticRoll Thu 25-Jul-13 14:26:01

Thanks for all the really useful replies, advice and good wishes.
evertonmint-yes please do pop in,and spread the word!I will have spaces for customer parking too.
MrsCB -yes totally agree about not overcrowding the rails (also have wooden not plastic hangers) and will have Jo Malone or similar room diffuser to prevent 'that' smell!

evertonmint Thu 25-Jul-13 13:04:00

Right side of Brighton for me - will def pop in! Good luck smile

MrsCampbellBlack Thu 25-Jul-13 12:54:57

Yes Carrie it is very charity shop in feel.

Arctic - good luck! I think not shoving everything too closely together helps and also making sure the shop doesn't have that 'smell'.

QueenMaeve Thu 25-Jul-13 11:48:48

My friend opened one last year. She also does bridal, mother of the bride, first communion etc, which do really, really well.
Her shop is in a nice Victorian building with high ceilings and she has is decorated very boutique like.

carrie74 Thu 25-Jul-13 11:11:58

MrsCB I think I know the shop you mean. Despite trying hard, it still felt just a bit too charity shop for me.

Good luck AR, I imagine Brighton is a great place for this kind of shop smile.

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