Finding Local Consignment Treasures!

By Nicole Rogers

One thing I learned in college and having little money starting out as a young married couple, is to shop on a budget.  Let’s face it…women like to dress cute and keep up with fashion, but some of us can’t afford or desire to buy from high end boutiques.  Consigning and designer consignment boutiques are becoming a prevalent way to shop.  Consignment and designer consignment shops offer unique, one of a kind, and gently used clothing, jewelry, shoes, or furniture.  It’s like going in your best friend’s home or closet and finding pieces she is “over,” but could be the greatest “find” to you.
A new women’s consignment store, that opened up in Belmont early Fall of last year, contains gently used designer labels, resulting in higher quality pieces that last longer.  Some of the labels are Lilly Pulitzer, MaxMara, BB Dakota, and Citzens of Humanity.  Some of the handbags that are carried are The Sak, Nine West, and Vera Bradley.  This particular consignment boutique requires the consignor to bring their current, gently used clothing pressed and on a hanger ensuring a quality shopping experience.  I love the concept and in this economy, women can still look their best and are able to wear their favorite designer label for less than the suggested retail price.  As women we are not only looking for great clothing on a budget for us, but for our children as well.  One such consignment boutique in Belmont also carries gently used children’s clothing from Strasburg, Janie & Jack, and Kelly’s Kids to name a few.  An outfit at Strasburg will retail at $59, but on consignment it is $29.
I have been in Belmont around 4 and a half years.  I have had the privilege of getting to know the owner of a consignment boutique right down the street from me.  The first moment I walked into the store, I was greeted with a big smile by the owner, whom is now a friend.  This particular consignment store is more trendy and most of her clientele are teens and young adult women.  Some of the brands this store carries is Arden B, Express, American Eagle, Aeropostale, Vera Bradley, and Liz Clairborne.  This consignment boutique also carries prom dress and other formal wear, men’s and children’s clothing.  I can’t tell you how many compliments I have received by wearing something I have gotten at this store.
One of the things that I love about Gaston County are all the little towns that make it up.  In the lovely town of Cramerton, I have found a Designer Consignment shop that contains clothing, accessories, greeting cards, and stationary.  The great thing about consignment shops, is that there is something for everyone, women, teens, and children alike.  Whether you are shopping for a prom dress, a piece of furniture, a unique jewelry piece, or a dress for any occasion, most likely, you will find what you are looking for.  The added bonus is, you will find it for a great deal.
The owners of the stores want to offer their shoppers a unique shopping experience, excellent finds on a budget, and a way to connect to women and girls in the community.
As I said before, I have been consigning since college, but more and more people are catching on to the idea and it is not as taboo as it may have once been…buying used clothing.  It also gives the consignor (person donating their clothing) to make a little money off selling their clothes in a consignment shop.  It’s a win-win for everyone!  
Jeri Lyn’s Consignment Boutique
423 East Catawba St.
Belmont, NC 28012
Hours: Monday-Saturday
12:00 – 7:00 pm
Gigi’s Boutique and Fine Consignment
34 N. Main Street
Belmont, NC 28012
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday
10 am – 6:00 pm
Little G’s…Fine Cosignment for Children
34 N. Main Street
Belmont, NC 28012
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday
10 am – 6:00 pm
Designer Consignment
1 Main St
Cramerton, NC 28032-1435

(704) 824-4650

Just Kid’n
1017 West Catawba Avenue
Mount Holly, NC 28120-1106
(704) 822-0530 ‎
Bel-Holly Trends
121 South Main Street
Mount Holly, NC 28120-1618
(704) 827-3396
Wadrobe 360
1120-C Union Road
Gastonia, NC 28054
The Bunny Patch
1120-A Union Road
Gastonia, NC 28054