Beauty — 02 March 2013
Upscale consignment: Luxe looks for less

By Doreen Christensen

If you’re loco for logos from designers like Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Cartier, Prada, Pucci and Gucci, then hit South Florida’s high-end consignment shops to save on those and other ultra-luxe brands.

If you enjoy arm candy from LV, Hermès or other designers that costs thousands new, the consignments sell these luxe looks for less, offering up to 75 percent off gently used apparel, accessories and jewelry for women and men.

Paulette Cooper Noble author of Bargain Shopping in Southeast Florida, ($17.95 at, says high-end consignments offer fabulous deals on designer goods. Her book details 250 area thrift and consignment stores and also offers helpful advice.

“There is great variety in these stores that makes it fun to shop. You’ll find European fashions and unusual and interesting things to buy that make it very serendipitous.”



Encore Plus
281 E. Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton, 561-391-3812,, carries a lot of vintage Chanel and has a great selection of evening wear with an on-staff seamstress.


Couture Upscale Consign
2939 N. Federal Highway,
Fort Lauderdale, 954-565-4348,, has a huge selection of designer handbags from Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Dior, Fendi, Gucci and Prada.


The Church Mouse
378 S. County Road, Palm Beach, 561-659-2154, Even though it’s not a consignment, it’s worth a visit because goods come out of the best closets on the island. Where else would you find a vintage Lilly Pulitzer Barbie for $100?



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