A new shopping experience is coming to Dallas, and it’s sure to please local lovers of all things luxury. Called Luxury Garage Sale, it will have fashionistas rethinking how they shop for designer goods on consignment.
The Chicago-based enterprise intends to open its second bricks-and-mortar boutique this summer in Dallas. While they hammer down those details, founders Lindsay Segal and Brielle Buchberg are hosting a series of pop-up shops March 20-April 12 at Mecox, featuring handbags, clothing and accessories from such designers as Chanel, Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Celine and Oscar de la Renta at deeply discounted prices.
Segal and Buchberg started Luxury Garage Sale as a pop-up shopping event in Chicago, which eventually led to their opening a permanent store in the city’s Old Town neighborhood in 2012. Last year, the duo took their show on the road, holding events throughout the Midwest.
Buchberg says that this is not your everyday consignment shop experience.
“Luxury Garage Sale prides itself on redefining consignment as a luxury experience,” Buchberg says. “When you walk into our store, all traditional notions of overcrowded consignment shopping go away.”
The store in Chicago, staffed by hands-on stylists, features a curated selection of high-end, coveted merchandise. It’s a mix of gently used, vintage and brand-new items with the tags still on. Goods range from $100 pieces of costume jewelry to Hermes Birkin bags, and they are presented beautifully. There are no impenetrable racks to sort through.
Luxury Garage Sale works with consignors around the country and receives the inventory in a variety of ways. Clients can drop items off at the Chicago store (no appointment necessary), send them in from out of state with a pre-paid shipping label or a white-glove delivery service can pick up items from someone’s home — even in Dallas.
Once Luxury Garage Sale receives the items, they are inventoried, authenticated, photographed, listed online and showcased in the boutique. Once an item sells, the consignor gets paid, and Luxury Garage Sale takes a 40 percent commission.
So what kind of deals are we talking about here? Well, that depends. Luxury Garage Sale bases prices on brand, style, wear and current market value. The girls take note of what similar items have most recently sold for online in order to competitively price their inventory. Prices and the actual discount range, but markdowns can range from 10 to 90 percent retail.
The upcoming pop-up at Mecox gives Dallasites an opportunity to preview this stylish secondhand shopping experience.
“The Dallas woman is incredibly stylish, fashion forward, and has a sophisticated taste level that will appreciate and understand our curated, high-designer merchandise and the ‘LGS aesthetic,’” Segal says. “There is nothing like us in Dallas, and we are excited to bring our luxe merchandise to a new city.”