The rising costs of gas and food won't render the savvy shopper completely helpless when the desire for a new item strikes. You just have to know where to shop. Thrift and consignment shops are on the rise with a revamped, polished new style, and New Jersey is home to some of the best. By Emily Tamburri.
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Double Take Consignment Boutique
35 Nathaniel Place
Englewood NJ, 07631
If you are like plenty of other shoppers out there with Fifth Avenue taste - without the budget - Double Take Consignment Boutique is the store for all designer retail. With four NJ locations (Englewood, Ridgewood, Redbank and Short Hills) and a full stock of high end designer bags, accessories and clothing, Double Take is sure to have you looking twice at their unbelievably discounted prices on slightly used products in impeccable condition. With strict standards about what is accepted from consigners and placed on their shelves, you are sure to find the perfect pair of Manolo Blanik pumps that you never thought you could afford until now.
Then & Now
610 Lafayette Ave
Hawthorne, NJ 07506
Then & Now is a treasure trove for your home design and furnishings. In business for over 18 years, Then & Now has items carries the spectrum of household items from the practical, such as chests, dining sets, armoires and pantry storage to antique, unusual or collectible books, china, Lennox, quilts and jewelry. The thousands of items in this large space are displayed in an uncluttered manner so all items are easily viewed and moved to their new home. Then & Now has over 400 active consignors, constantly stocking the store with unique items, new to you every day.
15 North Spruce Street
Ramsey, NJ 07446
Accepting only in-style, current clothing at the best quality, makes the Hidden Closet one of the top second hand stores New Jersey has to offer—you'll even find some brand new items with the tag still on. Women's styles range anywhere from the Gap and Express to Armani and BCBG at lower-than-you'd-expect prices. An organized color coded system labels the tidy racks of anywhere from 35-75% off the original price, ensuring that you discover something which looks and fits like new. Hidden closet also offers an elaborate array of suits and office-attire, as well as children's clothes, making it a one-stop shop for all fashion forward, business women and moms alike.
Savvy Chic Consignment Boutique
38 Oak Street
Ridgewood, NJ 07450
Recently named a 201 magazine "Best of Bergen 2010-2011" winner for the second time in a row, Savvy Chic specializes in women's high end clothing, shoes, accessories handbags and jewelry. If the deep discounts weren't enough, Savvy Chic's location in the elaborate Old Post Office Building is sure to draw you in with their classy window displays, showcasing some of the latest store arrivals. Currently accepting all types of prom dresses to add to the repertoire of stylish collections, you can now buy the one of a kind dress you've been searching for, or, turn yours in to make room in your closet for all the other exciting finds you'll discover upon setting foot into this store.
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