Monday, April 26, 2010

Rags to Riches

How’s this for a modern-day Cinderella story: you dutifully scour your wardrobe and bag up those almost-new items that lost a little of their luster once you brought them home.

And here's the storybook ending: You have excellent taste, and the right items can earn you a little cash or store credit at local consignment boutiques— perhaps enough to pay for those glass slippers you’ve been wanting to wear to your next big ball.

Even if you’ve made the rounds before, you’ll definitely want to add these new spots to your itinerary:

Lei Chic Catherine's Closet
Catherine Fong’s collection of vintage hats is no longer the best-kept secret of Manoa. She moved her business downtown earlier this month, trading an off-the-beaten-path location for a street level shop complete with a hat bar. Her specialty lies in everything vintage, from Ming’s jewelry to 1970s Louis Vuitton handbags and your grandmother’s wedding gown. Got stuff in your closet that would fit in hers? She’ll pay you 50 percent of the final sale price. 125 Merchant St., 808.988.0044. Call for a consignment appointment.

Lei Chic Sugarcane
The clean aesthetic of Faith Scheiblich’s Kaimuki shop is so well put together, it’s hard to believe that the shop is made up almost completely of consigned items. She is in the market for shabby-chic home furnishings, brand name clothing, belts, purses and vintage jewelry. You earn 50 percent of the final sale price on furnishings and 40 percent on clothing—but be careful or you’ll spend it all on the shop’s stock of items crafted by local artists. 1137 11th Ave., 808.739.2263. Call for an appointment.

Lei ChicKailua Verde Boutique & Consignment
Lillian McDonnell brought her brand of green to Kailua in November, opening a shop that partners gently used women’s and men’s clothing with new home furnishings and works by local artisans. The store accepts five items per person and is currently focusing on high-end name brands and prom dresses. You earn 50 percent of the sale price in cash or 60 percent in store credit. If you need extra incentive, click on
the coupon here. 111 Hekili St., Kailua, 808.261.6190, 877.287.0580. Call for an appointment. For more info, visit

Lei Chic The Clothes Chick
Susan Reaver moved her popular King Street shop to Kapahulu Avenue last June. The new location draws tourists and residents alike—meaning this is the perfect spot to bring off-season items like coats. The shop specializes in major deals—the average price per item is $10 to $13. For items you consign, you’ll earn a portion of the final sale price, payable in store credit. No appointment necessary. 415 Kapahulu Ave., 808.739.2442.



Posted on Monday, April 26, 2010 in Permalink

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Lei Chic is a daily email and shopping blog that plugs you into Hawaii's newest and hottest boutiques, designers, trends, spas and salons, and more. You'll also discover all the cool events, dinners and sales happening around town in our Weekend Picks every Thursday. With Lei Chic, you'll get the inside scoop on what everyone will be talking about tomorrow – in your inbox today.

Lei Chic associate editor Natalie Schack has been a cultural anthropology student,museum worker bee and dabbler in graphic design. When she isn't scouting new fashion, compiling to-do lists or crafting puns, Natalie spends her free time dreaming up elaborate picnic ideas; "researching" via YouTube tutorials, blogs and Instagram; and dusting off her pith helmet for the next adventure life throws her way.

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