In Your Backyard: Closet Clean-out

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Screen Shot 2017-04-06 at 3.48.31 PMConsignment shops are a great way to update your wardrobe and get a little cash for your once-loved fashion pieces

By Catherine Royka

As we say goodbye to winter, it means it is time to change out our wardrobes and ditch the sweaters and coats, and move on to dresses, skirts, shorts and more colorful attire. The arrival of spring also brings the daunting task of looking through your closet as you find yourself asking… do I still wear this? Do I need to freshen up my wardrobe? A great solution to these questions is visiting your local consignment stores. A consignment store offers customers the chance to exchange gently-used clothes that don’t have a place in their wardrobe anymore for extra cash or store credit and offers those who want to add new designer pieces to their wardrobe for a fraction of the cost.

Davidson County

Tickled Pink. This upscale women’s consignment boutique offers a wide selection of jewelry, purses, clothing, shoes and accessories. To shop with ease, they have colored tags that are used to determine the discount you’ll receive on your items. Shop owner Carey King says, “Consignment boutiques offer clothing from all over the world at prices that are surprisingly inexpensive.” Can’t make it in the store? They also have an eBay store offering an array of items. Insider tip: check out their website and look for coupons they offer that can be used in store toward your purchase. tickledpinknash.com

Screen Shot 2017-04-06 at 3.48.39 PMMy Sister’s Closet Consignment. Located in Green Hills, Lori Elam opened her store nine years ago to help turn people’s unwanted clothes into extra cash. She also owns a brother store, Free Beer Men’s Consignment and has grown her consignor base to more than 5,000 consignors. Aside from the clothes offered, Lori has partnered with Noah’s Ark Society in both her stores, offering a selection of pet products in which proceeds go to animal rescue. Additionally, she hosts events and promotions to help homeless pets in the area. mysistersclosetconsignment.com

FLIP Men & Women’s Luxury Consignment. FLIP opened their men’s shop in 2005, and opened the women’s shop in 2014. Shop designer and high-end brands for that special occasion or work event coming up. Some men’s brands they carry and accept for consignment include, Hickey Freeman, Ted Baker, Brooks Brothers and Peter Millar. For the women’s shop, you’ll find Barbour, Frye, Rag and Bone and Tory Burch. Additionally, they offer online shopping on their website if you can’t make it in the store. hip2flip.com

Williamson County

Couture for a Cause. A local nonprofit resale shop located in Brentwood, Couture for a Cause’s mission is to provide an array of women’s clothing, shoes and accessories available for purchase, with purchases in store benefiting local charities in the area by the donor’s choice. Shop guilt-free as you find great additions to your wardrobe, while giving back to area charities in the process. “Mingling fashion with philanthropy” is the store’s mission. coutureforacause.org

Classy Cat Consignment Furniture. If you’re in the market for some furniture and sprucing up your home, this might be your best bet. Here you can shop or consign, and find your furniture needs online. They also work with an interior designer who offers design services to their customers. classycatconsignmentfurniture.com

Her Majesty’s Closet. Located in Franklin, Her Majesty’s Closet is a consignment store focusing on high-end brands for handbags, shoes, clothing, jewelry and accessories. If you’re looking for that high-end brand at a reduced price, Her Majesty’s Closet is your go-to place. “The beauty of consignment is that you rediscover value in things that you thought no longer had any life left in them,” says shop owner, Giuliana Atzori. “Since I work with luxury handbags I teach our ladies the value of their items. I explain to our consignors which bags to invest into when they want to buy retail so that when they decide to consign them they can earn back most of the value of their original investment.” Aside from the store, they also have online sales for various items and you can reach out to a personal stylist if you need help assembling that perfect outfit. hermajestyscloset.com

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