UPDATE: You have every reason to treat yourself to a new-to-you frock this weekend. Get digging — the gems are always there! This story was originally published on May 3, 2012.
Additional reporting by Veronica Amarante
We all have that one wardrobe item that is like our own personal Moby Dick: Not only is it beautiful, but the tale of its capture is just as good as it is. The savviest, most stylish gals we know have refined huntress-like skills when it comes to consignment or resale boutiques, finding jaw-droppers for delicious discounts. Not only does it imply that you have good taste, but being able to find a one-of-a-kind piece suggests you are in the know. (Plus, vintage and consignment is wallet- and eco-friendly.) So to give you a leg up and ensure that your closet is stocked with a couple of rad rare finds, we've selected the coolest consignment shops stocking dream ticket items at even dreamier prices. Let the hunt begin!
Photographed by Veronica Amarante
The Rabbit Hole
Ran by a husband and wife team, The Rabbit Hole is a beloved little nook where vintage enthusiasts and savvy shoppers will find wares ranging from the '50s to '90s hanging next to a selection of hand-picked new clothing. Local and artist-crafted accessories are great for gifts, and they also stock chic jewelry and fabulous shoes. An unmistakable indie meets flea-market vibe, and it's hard to leave without wanting a piece of memorabilia — for the home-front or for our wardrobes.
Photos: Courtesy of The Rabbit Hole
The Consignment Bar
Located in the historic MiMo district of Miami's Upper Eastside, The Consignment Bar is an posh and put-together Eastsider's dream. Enjoy a glass of champagne while sitting at the 40-foot-bar, which'll let you scope the amazing "menu" of designer handbags. Check out a separate shoe lounge for the perfect pair of heels from names reserved for Vogue or Bergdorfs. There's something for both the cost-conscious hunter or a vintage-collecting champion; your quest for that one-of-kind handbag that'll be a lifelong staple has ended.
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In business for over 26 years, Miami Twice is as fun as it is legendary. This destination location houses designer handbags, jewelry, and shoes, as well as an eclectic collection of vintage clothing with seasonally key pieces. Their antiques and collectables are intriguing and definitely well worth the gander. Each October, the store transforms itself into a one-stop Halloween shop for adults, and, having won the city's best costume shop prize for 10 years straight, we understand why it's a popular destination for partiers who are hoping to turn it out. Local tip: The designer labels live quietly towards the back of the shop. Don't miss them!
Photos: Courtesy of Miami Twice
The Fashionista Consignment Boutique
Located in the heart of Coconut Grove, just minutes outside of Miami, The Fashionista Consignment Boutique is run by a mother and daughter team catering to a high-end clientele. You'll find designer labels like Bottega Veneta, Balenciaga, Gucci, and Manolo Blahnik, as well as denim labels like Seven for All Mankind, and Citizens of Humanity. They accept consignments daily and offer a luxe at-home pick-ups service — which includes careful assistance editing your closet. Consignment made easy means everyone wins, and it's well worth the drive for that type of accommodation.
The Fashionista Consignment Boutique, 3135 Commodore Plaza (between Grand Avenue and Main Highway); 305-443-4331.
Photos: Courtesy of The Fashionista Consignment Boutique
Consign of the Times
Known as Miami's premier luxury resale boutique, Consign of the Times is a must-stop for shoppers looking for luxe labels at a major discount. With its bright interiors, organized inventory, and friendly service, it's not a surprise they've expanded to two locations. You'll find their selection is up-to-date with the latest trends and they even have a well-stocked vintage collection that department store frequenters will enjoy. Gorgeous handbags, fabulous shoes, and a legendary sale section is perfect for an afternoon of shopping. Consignments are accepted Mondays and Tuesdays.
Consign of the Times, 1635 Jefferson Avenue (between Lincoln Lane North and Lincoln Lane South); 305-535-0811.
Photos: Courtesy of Consign Of The Times