Consignment shops are a wonderful source for stylish clothing at bargain prices. They are resources for both buyers and sellers since they serve both clientele equally well. Here is a thumbnail sketch of one local consignment shop which represents the opportunities for bargain hunters to obtain real savings.
Background. My Sister’s Closet is locally owned by two sisters. One of the owners, Rosemary, stated that they have been in business for 6 years at this location. There are other consignment stores called My Sister’s Closet located in Winona, Minnesota, Phoenix, Arizona, and Atlanta, Georgia, but they are not associated with these or any chain consignment shops. The two sisters operate out of a home near Macalaster College surrounded by Georgetown style brick homes, ethnic restaurants, coffee, and bread shops.
Bargains on Brand Name Clothing. My Sister’s Closet sells vintage leather, wool, and fur jackets, and retro shirts. They also sell brand name clothing including Polo, Ralph Lauren, and Jones of New York.
Prices. Prices range from $16 to $400, depending on the item. Most wool, leather, or trench coats, however, are reasonably priced at $40-$60.
Sizes and Merchandise. Sizes are mostly limited to small and medium, although I found some plus sizes from 12-18. This consignment shop is exclusive for women’s clothes, jackets, shoes, hats, and jewelry. You can often find women shopping here on their lunch break or bringing their young daughters on the hunt.
Sales. Consignment shops typically have annual sales in order to turn over the stock. Be sure to look for these sales which are usually toward the end of a season. Additional savings can run between 50% to 75% off the ticketed price.
My Sister’s Closet
Vintage Consignment Shop
1136 Grand Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105
Article researched and written by Genelle for Markdown Mom in conjunction with My Sister’s Closet.