My Fair Lady Consignment Boutique in Pitman, New Jersey.

Pitman is home to many quaint shops and restaurants—most of which are nestled on busy South Broadway. One of my favorite consignment shops, My Fair Lady, is located here at 20 South Broadway.

My Fair Lady Consignment Boutique has been open for business for over 20 years. It is the largest consignment boutique in South Jersey, and has won several Best of South Jersey awards for its fabulous merchandise and quaint appeal.

I’m a big fan of consignment shops that look like first-hand boutiques, and My Fair Lady surely looks the part. With an adorable window display and welcoming storefront, My Fair Lady reminds me of a trendy boutique that would be found in the Hampton’s or a chic North Jersey shopping town like Hoboken.

The staff is incredibly friendly and welcoming. They will offer help whenever you need (whether it be finding an outfit or giving an honest opinion about those white jeans you are trying on…thanks again ladies!). The store is packed with merchandise but everything is well-organized, just make sure you have some time to spare before you head on over. They have a great selection of clothing, accessories, and shoes, so as you can imagine it takes a while to get through the whole store. The prices are reasonable and they carry a wide variety of sizes and styles of clothing. There is definitely something for everyone at this store!

One thing I will say about this store is that their hours of operation are a bit funny, and don’t be surprised if you show up and find a scribbled sign on the door that says, “sorry not open today”. This happened to me twice. Strange, but not a big deal.

Here are their spring store hours so that you are prepared when you decide to go shopping!

Monday – Closed

Tuesday – 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday – 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday – 11 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunday – Closed

My Fair Lady currently has a nice selection of formal gowns and dresses, so if you have an upcoming special event like prom or a wedding, you should check them out!

Happy Consigning!

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Non-profit thrifting: An Interview with Rachel Cleary from the Durand Thrift Store.

Each thrift store is unique and tells its own story, but sometimes you come across one that is really special. The Durand Thrift Store in Woodbury, New Jersey is one of those special places. The non-profit Durand Thrift Store has been open since October 2008 and sells everything from clothing to homeware. Listen to what sales associate, Rachel Cleary, has to say about working at the store.

To learn more about the foundation and the store visit their site.

 

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Thrift TV.

British fashionista, Alexa Chung, is returning to television this summer on a show titled Thrift America.

Thrift America is scheduled to air on PBS and will follow Alexa Chung and Maya Singer (the series creator and editor of special projects for Style.com) around the United States and Europe as they shop for vintage finds at consignment shops, garage sales and flea markets. A few of the places they plan to visit include Orlando, Detroit, Nashville, Alabama and Brooklyn.

According to the New York Times, “In the first episode, Ms. Chung helps Pamela Love, a gothic jewelry designer, create a pop-up shop in London during Fashion Week.”

Sounds pretty interesting to me! Alexa Chung has certainly proven she knows how to mix vintage with designer so I’m excited to see her process.

 

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Drew’s Thrifty Red Carpet Look!

Guess what? Celebrities can thrift too! Check out Drew Barrymore at the Express Denim Nylon Party back in August 2010. Her dress was thrifted for $25 and she paired it with $760 Yves Saint Laurent “Tribute” pumps. Remember what we talked about? Expensive recognizable accessories = expensive-looking outfit. She looked absolutely stunning! I love the dress, shoes, and hair.

What do you think of Drew’s thrifted ensemble?

 

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The Goodwill Store in Glassboro, NJ.

You might be surprised by the little treasures that are hidden inside your local Goodwill Store. The Goodwill is not usually associated with name-brands, but if you are in search of a unique name-less piece with a lot of history—this is your store.  At this specific Goodwill, the only recognizable tag I have come across is Mossimo from Target (who doesn’t love Target), but each Goodwill has a different type of merchandise depending on the area it is located.

My love for the Goodwill began last year when I was on the hunt for some cute t-shirts that didn’t cost $20. They carry some of the best “vintage” t-shirts that are in great condition for around $2 each. Once I got over my initial shock of purchasing “used” t-shirts (the best t-shirts are always in the men’s section), I wandered into the women’s department where I immediately fell in love with the quirky jackets and dresses hanging on the racks.

Though the Goodwill is not known for it’s welcoming decor, you can really find some interesting items if you try hard enough. My good friend, Ashleigh, recently picked up a pair of mint condition leather Bass boat shoes, an adorable straw fedora, and a few mugs for her apartment!

There is not much to say about the Goodwill as they are all different. My biggest piece of advice to you is be patient, don’t have high expectations, and most importantly have fun! I guarantee you can find something, clothing or not, that will brighten your day!

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Thriftadelphia Look For Less.

Okay I know what you’re thinking…Lauren Conrad again. But what can I say, I love searching for clothes that embody her chic and timeless style. Lauren Conrad debuted this ensemble on June 15, 2010 at the unveiling of her national “Got Milk” advertisement. It sure has taken me long enough to replicate, but like I said before consignment shopping is all about patience!

Lauren’s Jumpsuit- Philip Lim, Lauren’s Shoes- Christian Louboutin

While finding a Philip Lim jumper as cute as Lauren’s in a South Jersey consignment shop is unlikely (but you never know!), there are plenty of other well-made brands of a similar style out there. Check out this one I found at the Greene Street Consignment Shop on South Street.

Ruffles, check. Jumper, check. The only difference is that it is black instead of blue and cost me only $17. The brand is Lucca Couture and the original tags were still in tact!

I found this woven leather belt at Plato’s Closet in Deptford. New Jersey. It is originally from Abercrombie Kids and cost me a little less than $6.

These platform sandals are by Jessica Simpson and were found at Marshalls. Even though Marshalls is not a consignment shop, it is always full of amazing deals and is usually my go-to store for discount brand-name footwear. The retail price on these babies are $90, but I paid $49.

 

Plato’s Closet is always featuring their sales associates in a Look For Less Outfit on their style blog. It is so easy to replicate your favorite celebrity outfits at a price that you are comfortable with, go ahead and give it a try!

 

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Spring Cleaning!

It is finally spring break! Those of you who aren’t headed to the islands are going to need some activities to keep you occupied at home. Why not check out your local consignment shops? My hometown has a few cute shops that I intend to visit before leaving for the Dominican Republic on Tuesday.

If you don’t feel like leaving the house (it’s your break, you’ll do what you want to), this might be a good time to spring clean that messy closet. Make sure to keep consigning in mind! Create three sections in your room, one for clothing you want to keep, one for clothing you want to throw away, and one for clothing you would like to consign.

Don’t know which clothes to throw away and which to consign? It’s simple. Anything that is still in style and in good condition but you’re just not interested in anymore, goes to a consignment shop. Old pleather pants and t-shirts with holes in them—trash.

When you are done purging unwanted items into their appropriate sections, organize your “keep” clothes (I like to organize by color), take a picture for mom (she’ll be so proud!), and head over to the nearest consignment shop to sell your unwanted clothes!

Consignment selling tip: Don’t bring your clothes to the shop in a garbage bag, it looks tacky and those clothes are not garbage! Why treat them like they are? Invest in some reusable cloth shopping bags if you intend on consigning often ($1.99 at most grocery stores), or simply bring them in a cute suitcase!

Happy cleaning!

 

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