High-End Consignment in Connecticut: Designer Labels at Great Prices
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The Cedar Chest, Branford & Clinton
Imagine shopping at your neighbor’s house—that is, if your neighbor has a house filled with fashion finds. Instead of discovering oversized knit sweaters from winters past, perhaps you’ll come across a brown Coach belt, or a hot pink Kate Spade bag that matches perfectly with a printed Diane von Furstenberg cotton dress. With soft lighting and simple accessory displays, The Cedar Chest in Clinton is a women’s designer consignment boutique that’s both warm and inviting.
From Salvatore Ferragamo slingbacks to light Chico’s jackets, this charming shop has a new-to-you piece for anyone who’s looking for a stylish treasure to add to her collection.
Owner Nancy Briggs says people like this shop’s intimate nature, but instead to house a larger selection of items, Briggs opened The Cedar Chest II in Branford—a 3,600-square-foot one-stop quality consignment shop. With women’s, men’s and children’s sections, there’s a good possibility that you won’t walk out of here empty-handed.
Whether you prefer gazing at a number of carefully selected items, or you like a challenge and want to hunt for the season’s statement piece, both stores will satisfy your shopping cravings without draining your wallet. “You can look great without spending a ton of money,” says Briggs. “Stay out of the designer stores—you can get the same thing here for a lot less. Shop smart.”
The Cedar Chest is located at 85 W. Main St., Clinton; (860) 669-9425, and The Cedar Chest II is located at 2 Liesl La., Branford; (203) 488-9425; thecedarchestresale.com.
DWR Consignment Boutique, New Canaan
Featuring brands such as Gucci, Prada, Hermès, Louis Vuitton and Chanel, DWR also showcases other great labels such as Lily Pulitzer, Ralph Lauren, Elie Tahari and Trina Turk, as it specializes in high-end designer consignments for women and girls.
“Our main focus is to provide both our clients and consignors with the best experience possible,” the partners say on the website. Beyond offering luxe brands at a fraction of the retail cost, and giving consignors the chance to clear out their closets, DWR prides itself on unparalleled customer service. Altogether it’s a great equation.
DWR Consignment Boutique is located at 33 East Ave., New Canaan; (203) 594-7376; dwrconsignment.com.
Grape in the Shade, Washington Depot
Connecticut Magazine has twice named Grape in the Shade the Best Vintage Shop in Connecticut, and while this story isn’t really about vintage we had to include “The Grape” because it’s such a hidden-gem haven of high-style treasures.
Owner JoAnna Lombardi tells our colleagues at The Litchfield County Times, “People who love fashion love vintage.”
The shop moved a while back from a fairly obscure spot to a more central one in Washington Depot, but it remains a treasure trove of gorgeous yet affordable finds that Lombardi has sourced from an area with the type of demographics that likes the best of the best—and likes to pass it on when they’re done.
“When you think about fashion, you want [garments] that are comfortable and well made, but really what makes them are the accessories,” Lombardi told the LCT. “Accessories I will never buy new; accessories in my mind make the outfit.” As for her one-of-a-kind collectible jewelry, she says, “You can’t really get that everywhere.”
When the LCT visited to see her new location, a regular happened to stop in—“The Good Wife” actress and Litchfield County resident Christine Baranski. “I’m so excited, this is the greatest vintage shop,” said Baranski, who has apparently worn Grape in the Shade items on the red carpet.
Case closed: Make plans to discover Grape in the Shade.
The shop is located in Bryan Memorial Plaza in Washington Depot; (860) 868-9119; facebook.com/GrapeInTheShade
Molly Rose Consignments, Madison
Name one consignment shop that has more than a dozen Lilly Pulitzer pieces. Now name one that will even sell you the beautiful sea foam green table it’s displayed on. Part clothing store, part home goods shop, Molly Rose Consignments in Madison has a hidden treasure for anyone on a budget.
From racks of Free People jeans and Ann Taylor blouses, to a shelf lined with an array of colorful Vera Bradley handbags and wallets, high-end items are easy to find.
Beautiful wooden tables and vanities are displayed around the store—some of which are used to display intricate jewelry, rustic home décor and the latest summer arrivals.
Shop owner Brittany Jackson, 25, (left) hopes customers have an enjoyable shopping experience with good service from a staff that’s helpful and friendly. She also says it’s a great feeling when customers find exactly what they’ve been looking for—after an exhausting day at the outlets in search of the perfect dress, one woman came to Molly Rose and left with two amazing pieces.
Unlike other consignment shops, Molly Rose accepts goods during normal business hours—no appointment necessary. “We try not to have too many rules because I know that’s a big turn-off for a lot of people who want to get into consigning,” says Jackson. By being open every day from 9 to 6, customers have a big window of time to shop or sell.
This shop definitely has a certain hometown charm that’s perfect for anyone looking for a laid-back shopping experience.
Molly Rose Consignments is located at 391 Durham Rd., Madison; (203) 903-3034; facebook.com/mollyroseconsignments.