Kate Spade, Prada, Tiffany, Louis Vuitton & More at Fantasia in Old Saybrook
Myshel Enman of Old Lyme, the owner of Fantasia, an upscale consignment shop in Old Saybrook.
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On a recent Friday afternoon, Old Saybrook’s Fantasia Consignments was bustling with customers. There were women carefully looking over the carousels of clothing, one consigner retrieving a large black pocketbook that had not caught the eye of any shopper and a new Fantasia consigner presenting a large tote stuffed with clothes she hoped would make it into the inventory to be enjoyed by someone else.
“We try to keep the quality up even if it’s a lower-end item,” said Owner Myshel Enman. “If it has style we take it in. It’s got to have the right look. It’s got to be current. Just something interesting.”
Fantasia, located behind Paperback Café on Main Street, has the feel of a high-end boutique with carousels down the center of the brightly-lit storefront, tables displaying earrings, necklaces and rings along the perimeter and neatly displayed tiered racks of shoes toward the back.
There is also a locked cabinet in the rear of the store, holding a Kate Spade bracelet, Tiffany & Co. earrings, Louis Vuitton and Coach merchandise. The most expensive item on this particular day was a $1,000 Louis Vuitton purse. Don’t be mislead, though, this is not indicative of what the store accepts and offers to its shoppers.
Abercrombie & Fitch, Ann Taylor, Burberry, American Eagle, Anthropologie, Chico’s, J.Crew, Gap, Prada, Theory and UGG are just some of the upscale labels you will find throughout the store.
“We try to keep things reasonable,” said Enman.
“If we have higher end items we usually do about one-third of what they cost retail, but for the general things that we get in we really like to keep our prices reasonable to pump it out. We have a big volume. We always have new things coming in. We like to keep it fresh.”
Enman’s mother, Shelley Woods, utilizes her background in merchandising, creatively displaying the stock. “She keeps things funky and different in the store!” said Enman.
Consignment stores have changed over the years and Enman is working hard to keep up with the changing times.
“Consignment used to have a stigma where it was ‘Ooh, other people’s stuff,’” explained Enman. “The younger girls didn’t really seem to really want to have any part of that whatsoever. But now, because they have consignment shows on TV, there’s a lot of online stores that do consignment and a lot of the celebrities will sell their things on eBay, so the kids they seem a little more into it now.”