Last Saturday I took a little trip down to Williamsburg, Brooklyn to meet up with fellow fashion blogger Poca of Style.Spot.Run. Poca had invited me on a shopping excursion with her, and being the thrift maniac that I am, I jumped at the opportunity. So Poca and I headed to popular vintage consignment shop Beacon's Closet...
The amazing thing about stores like Beacon's Closet and another fave of mine Buffalo Exchange is that, unlike thrift stores and the Salvation Army, these stores have specialty buyers who are appointed to only pick the best of the best vintage items for sale within the store. So instead of having to scour through racks and racks of unamazing duds to get to your gem, every piece is already a gem! Here are some of the pieces I tried on:
I fell in love with this vintage printed oversized cardigan. I absolutely LIVE in oversized cardigans and ponchos this season.
I thought this color-blocked cable knit sweater was cute too, but it was a little bulky and didn't give me much shape. Also, I'm really on the hunt for pieces that can transition me into spring eventually so I'm straying away from accumulating any more bulky knits.
This golden sparkle top caught my eye because of its ornate buttons. I love details like that. Unfortunately the top button was broken and for the price I didn't see the value in having to get it fixed, so I left this baby on the rack. Great detailing though.
My birthday is at the end of the month, so I picked out a few sequined pieces as birthday outfit options. This first one featured a floral design.
Though I really loved the ornate design, I thought it looked a little "Golden Girl" on me. So I tried on another one...
This one had a younger feel to it, but I wasn't in love with the silhouette. The sleeves are great but the neckline wasn't really flattering. So in the end, I ended up just taking the oversized cardigan up top and calling it a day.
I had such a great time in Williamsburg but I will post a disclaimer. The downsides to shopping stores like these are 1) There's no real "thrill" or feeling of accomplishment when you purchase, because everything in the store is already amazing and 2) The prices are higher - lower than retail stores but definitely more expensive than thrift. So you have to be a little particular about what you choose if you're staying on a budget.
You guys have any awesome consignment shops like this in your area? Do tell! Soundoff below.