Consignment Vs. Poshmark

Being a fashionista means owning lots of clothes, shoes and accessories.  It also means staying on trend and refreshing your closet often.  So, to avoid holding on to way too much, I’ve always taken my items to consignment.  I’ll talk about that first.  There are consignment stores that take your items, look through them and select the most current items with the right labels, they put them in the store for sale and once the items sell, you are given either credit towards products in the store or you can get a check.  I take my items to Turnstyle Consignment.  Then there are consignment stores where you bring your items, they look through them, keeping what they choose and giving you cash on the spot.  Examples of these are Platos Closet or Clothes Mentor.  I used to take items to Platos Closet when I lived in Nebraska, but it seemed they only wanted more youthful brands which I obviously didn’t have.  I’m typically disappointed in consignment because they might take 1/3 of my clothes and I only make $3 – $5 per item because they keep 40% of what it sells for.  I do like consignment because it’s pretty easy.  It’s not difficult to clean my closet in one fell swoop and take items still on hangers to Turnstyle.  They look through it and 20 minutes later I’m on my way.  The worst part is that I have to bring some items back home because they don’t accept it all.

 

Then there’s Poshmark, which I’ve had much more luck with.  Poshmark is an app.  I’ve been using it for a couple years.  It’s a little more work for the user, but I feel like the money is way better.  It requires you to take photos of your items, write a description, price it and enter all of that information into the app.  I find that I sell more when I am more interactive, taking part in various “posh parties” and sharing and following others on the platform.  But once the item is on the app, it’s so easy.  If an item sells, Poshmark keeps a % because they pay for shipping.  They email you a mailing label and you simply put the item into a box and ship it.  It’s so easy.  The funds get deposited into an account you set up in the app and when you want a check or to have it directly deposited into your bank account, just hit a button.  Easy.  I find that I can charge higher prices for items on Poshmark and make more money because they keep less.  Here’s a link to follow my Poshmark page.

 

What do you prefer, consignment or Poshmark?  Or do you like something else?

Shopping…..Online?

Hi there everyone!  I realize it’s been a long time since I’ve done a blog post and I feel like it’s long overdue!

I was at the gym today, the Body Firm, a place I love and have been going for over a year now.  I love it because it’s locally owned and I get very personalized workouts created for me.  While I was on the treadmill, the woman next to me (who was a customer at my boutique) asked me about a dress she saw on Facebook.  I told her it was still available and she commented on how she thought it would be perfect because she likes sleeves rather than sleeveless and I told her I could bring it to the gym on Thursday when we both would be there again.  It made me realize that although that item is available on my website, many people aren’t comfortable shopping online.  I know I personally don’t love it.  I like to engage with a sales person or store owner.  I like to know if the item is going to fit, if it stretches or not and how long or short it is.  I want to try it on before I buy it.  I have a difficult figure to fit.  I’m not a cookie cutter size.  Different brands fit differently.  And I’m not alone.  It’s a real predicament.  It’s curtailed my shopping considerably.  I love to shop, I love boutiques.  But I’ve been to most of them here in Arizona, and there aren’t a lot of them that I love.  Part of the problem is that I owned a store so I know the wholesale cost of the brands that most boutiques are carrying.  I was very fair with my margins, that’s for sure.  Why don’t I just buy my own personal items wholesale?  Well, that means I’m buying 6 of an item.

So, what I’m going to start doing is ordering my favorite things wholesale.  These are the things I want to wear, that I just love.  I’m going to keep one for me and sell the rest on my site.  But I feel like you need a little help understanding my site.  It’s not the typical click to purchase and go to a shopping cart to pay kind of site.  It’s a far more interactive site.  Here’s how it works:

First, go to clothesmindedaz.com

Next, click ‘shop now’ at the middle of the top of the page

Then scroll through the items I have available for purchase.  Where are these items, you ask?  They are on rolling racks in my guest room of my home.  I’ve seen them, touched them, I know what they are made of.

If you see something you like, click on it.  A box will open and you can comment on it or click ‘buy now’

I receive an email directly from this interaction.  So, if you click Buy Now and enter your email, I will respond to your email.  We can have a dialogue. You can ask questions, like “how does this run?” or “what is the fabric in this?”.  I like that it’s a way to engage rather than just clicking through and dropping a credit card number into a box.

I think this is a very easy system for the user and that’s why I chose it.  Try it.  If you click buy now, there is nowhere to enter a credit card so you and I are able to chat about the item.  For the shopper like me who doesn’t love shopping online and being anonymous or who might be difficult to fit, I hope this gives you comfort.

To the customers of my boutique who I miss so much, please let me know if there are items you’re searching for that I can search for.  And don’t hesitate to give me feedback on my selections, I’d love to hear your thoughts!

And finally, here is the dress I was talking about at the beginning of the post.  It’s buttery soft, stretchy and oh so comfy.  It looks great styled with a leather jacket but looks great alone and can be worn all year long!  Floral Maxi Dress

 

 

 

 

 

Perfect Gifts For Your Pooch

Photo by Funny Bone Pets www.funnybone.us

 

 

We moved to Arizona from Nebraska just over 5 years ago with two dogs.  One passed away a couple years ago and there’s been an emptiness in my heart since.  When I saw one of my Instagram friends post this sweet puppy asking for someone to please adopt him, it pulled at my heart strings.  If you have one dog, you might as well have two, right?  If you shopped in the store in October, you probably got to meet little Butler.  He was such a well behaved puppy, sleeping most of the days away in the store.  But when we got home, it was like he became a different dog entirely.  He growled and wrestled and nipped at our Havachon, Coco.  Coco was a good sport, he played along for awhile and when he was over it, he’d jump up onto the couch or the bed where Butler couldn’t reach him.  We took Butler on walks with Coco and even on our trip to California because we were in the midst of potty training and didn’t want our efforts to go to waste.  Our relatively chill home environment has become a little more chaotic, but that’s ok.  We’ve been buying lots of toys and that’s the reason for my post.  I found these adorable dog items and fell in the love with the Chewy Vuitton.  I love Louis Vuittons so, of course, my dogs would love Chewy Vuittons.   If you love your dog, and I know you do, you must get them some of these plush squeaky toys.  Click on each photo and you’ll be taken to my website where you can purchase.  I’d love to know which one is your favorite!

Each handbag plush toy is approx 5″ wide and 4″ high while the bottles are all comparable to the size of a real bottle of beer.  The Starbarks are smaller than the real thing.  All have a squeaker inside.  The names of each have been changed to be more dog appropriate and are so adorable!

More Great Shopping

If I haven’t mentioned that I love to shop in any of my previous posts, let it be known, I love to shop!  I especially love to travel and then shop wherever we are visiting.  The most recent trip was for my husband’s 40th birthday when we travelled to LA and rented a home in the Hollywood Hills. How much fun did we have?!  Well besides the Coldplay concert, the shopping was my favorite part!   We went with another couple and lucky for me, Kelley likes to shop too.  We thought about Rodeo Drive but knew we wouldn’t be able to afford anything so instead we went to Melrose because I wanted to go to Dash.  I had been there once before with my family because my daughters are big fans of the Kardashians.  I knew I liked that store and it was a good starting point.  We took a Lyft to get there which was perfect because neither one of us wanted to drive down that skinny, winding Grandview Road.  We arrived before Dash opened and wanted a little breakfast anyway, so it was perfect, we found a perfect spot called Sweet Lady Jane.  What a charming little bakery.   After a little sustenance, we started shopping.  Dash was quiet so we had the store to ourselves.  If you haven’t been there, it’s really an ordinary boutique selling brands I’ve seen in other stores, like Rails and Chaser.  It’s definitely a higher price point than I carry in my boutique.  I found a perfectly on-trend bomber jacket which was on my list of things to find.  It is Kendall & Kylie brand which I’m not totally crazy about wearing their brand since I’m in my 40s but I thought the jacket was cute. We stopped into several shops, but my favorite by far was Glamboutique.  They had a great collection of comfy everyday lounge wear, scarves, jackets, jeans and I found a leather woven hobo bag that was To Die For!  I wanted to buy many things but had to control myself.  Next we hit Freg Segal and what an experience that was.  It was beautiful on the outside with the sign covered in vines and the inside was unique with different brands separated into little shops.  I was impressed with the brands and the selection, but it was definitely pricey.  We spent a lot of time at Gregory’s, a shoe boutique on the back side of Fred Segal.  The shoes were divine and Kelley and I tried on almost every style.    I would highly recommend shoe shopping there if you’re looking.  What a fun trip!  We’ll definitely go back to that area to shop and eat again.

One Of My Faves

One of my faves in the store right now is this asymmetrical top from Daniel Rainn. What makes it my fave? Well, it’s black for one and it’s unique. I think that if you’re going to do a basic color, look for unique details. This top is a crepe fabric so it has some texture, it has wide enough straps to allow you to wear a regular bra, it has a slight pleat at the center of the neckline and it has side slits so it is just different.  I’ve found many ways to wear it.  I love it layered underneath our Daniel Rainn kimono, I like it alone with my favorite boyfriend jeans and I like it the way I’m wearing it with a skirt I’ve had for awhile and had stopped wearing.  

Do you ever have items in your closet that you just can’t part with but you feel badly that you’re not wearing them?  Well, I can help you with that!  Bring that item into the store and I’ll either find something in the store to pair with it or I’ll make some suggestions as to what would make it complete and relevant today.      

Rachel’s Amazing Photo Shoot

Lucky me that I know a photographer who occasionally reaches out to borrow clothes because she has connections with some models and wants to take them to a beautiful place to get some shots for their portfolios. Rachel Hawkinson (www.rachelhawkinson.com) is the one. She took her models to Mount Lemmon and the shots turned out amazing. Big thanks to Rachel and models Nicole Olson @nicole_l_olson and @kdotee
I’ve included links to each of the garments because they are all available for purchase.  Just click on each photo for the deets!

Patterned Maxi

Deep Purple Bralette Skirt is model’s own

Soft Criss Cross Top with Boyfriend Jeans

LA Made Racerback Tank, Denim Shorts

Shawl Dawl, Lace Bralette, Boyfriend Jeans

Blush Blouse and Denim Shorts

Another Shopping Trip

I love to hit boutiques when I travel.  Well, I love to go to boutiques wherever I am.  I spend most days in my own boutique and then I like to visit others when I have a chance.  I guess you could say I’m obsessed.  I also appreciate the curation that happens in a boutique because I know how much merchandise there is to search through before finding the real gems.  Today I’m going to tell you about a couple boutiques that I loved this summer when I was visiting my daughter in Lincoln, Nebraska.

I visited Select Style, a store I hadn’t ever been to.  Wow, the inside was beautiful.  It was the type of store I love, clean, contemporary, minimally furnished with nice light.  I looked at every item on every rack and ended up with a fitting room full.  I decided to not look at price tags and to focus on what I liked instinctually.  Thank goodness my son was patient (it helped that he brought a book).  The owner and her mom were both working.  I just can’t believe I hadn’t stopped in sooner to check it out.  I liked that the store carried labels I hadn’t heard of.  I had heard of some, such as Vince,  Joie and Equipment.  But I was thrilled to see some I wasn’t familiar with such as Lilla P.  I tried on a lot of clothes, came out of the fitting room each time and the ladies gave me lots of feedback.  I felt like they were genuine and not just trying to make a sale.  Oh, and the fitting rooms were beautiful too,  by the way.  I ended up having to labor over which pieces to say no to and still ended up spending more than I’ve ever spent in a store on just myself.  But I felt good that I was supporting a local business owner and a girl that has a passion just like mine.  She had only had her store for two years!  I bought a beautiful black dress by Lilla P, a great red top that I’ll wear once a week, a pair of the most amazing pants by a Danish designer that I definitely didn’t need but fell in love with, and a nice slip that I’ve never heard of the brand of and may have to carry in my own store.

Next I headed to a fave local shoe boutique that I’ve been visiting for several years, Pattino.  I know the owner and she’s worked hard to make the store successful.  I got lucky because she was working the day I stopped in.  I love being able to converse with the person doing the buying and it doesn’t hurt that she has similar taste and wears the same size.  I found a killer pair of sandals that were unique, comfortable and edgy and Italian.  I wanted to buy several pairs plus some jewelry but I was worried about my son telling my husband and I had to be able to fit it all in my suitcase.  Pattino has always carried unique, high quality brands and I know I will always find something I’ll want.

We hit a couple other boutiques while we were in town but they just didn’t compare to the quality and experience in the store.  If you’re ever in Lincoln, Nebraska, make sure you stop into the College View Shopping District.  You won’t be disappointed.

The great thing about the outfit in this picture is that the top is from my boutique, so I’m representing three boutiques in one outfit and that makes me so happy!

Outfit of the Week

Our outfit of the week features a monochromatic look, white on white.  This look would be great if you want a change of pace from the typical dress to wear to a casual wedding, to your class reunion or just for a day of fun with the family.  The top is a gorgeous lace front layered sleeveless top that runs a little long so it’s perfect for tall women or women who like a tunic style top.  The clean white on top and bottom will lengthen and slim the body.  The capris are meant to be comfortable with a wide elastic waistband and a tapered capri length.  Both items are mostly cotton, so they breath and are absorbent and both are washable.  The top is made in the USA.  I decided to add accessories with turquoise for a little color pop.  The long necklace is versatile and on-trend with the gold chain tassle.  The chunky bracelet is one of my favorite accessories in the store.  This line of jewelry is high quality, handmade in California and we have several bracelets in different colors and styles in stock.   We suggest a heel or wedge of some kind to complete the outfit and make it dressier but it would look great with a sandal too.  Click here to look at the pieces and prices.  For one week customers may purchase any item from this post at 20% off.

To change up the look and show the versatility of the top, I’ve added it with our convertible maxi.  This item is perfect for packing to take on your next trip because it can be worn as a strapless dress or rolled down and worn as a maxi skirt.  The great thing about it is the length can be changed based on the fold, so it can be for a short or tall woman.  When the lace top is paired with it, the lace pops even more!Outfit with Convertible Skirt

Next, I paired the top with a basic pair of leggings.  This pair is my favorite because it’s a soft knit fabric from LA Made which means it’s made in the US!  These leggings are a great quality and they will last.  I think this outfit would look great all year long.  And, when you need a little protection from the sun or cooler temps, this lightweight long cardigan from LA Made is the perfect choice.  The great thing about this cardigan is it’s thin enough, it will fit perfectly in your tote bag if you’re traveling and get chilled on the plane, it can be tied around your waist if you get warm.  It has pockets and thumb holes, so it fits with the athleisure trend that continues it’s popularity.  The cardigan is another great piece by LA Made.  Washable and soft, this is getting added to my wardrobe for sure!  Wear this outfit with some of the super chic sneakers that are everywhere right now and in the fall a tall boot will be very fashionable.

Outfit of the Week option 4Outfit of the Week Option 3

Boutiques I Recommend

As a boutique owner, one of my favorite things to do when I travel is visit the small locally owned shops.  It’s always been a passion of mine and inspired me to open a boutique of my own.  I like to see the different ways stores merchandise their products and I love to shop.  It’s always fun to see the same or similar items that I carry in my store in other stores around the country.  How do I find the boutiques that I visit?  Well, I use a number of resources.  First, I google boutiques in _________________(wherever I’m visiting).  Then, when I’m out and about in that city, I use the Around Me app and search boutiques or women’s clothing.  Sometimes I also use Yelp.  After I find a store that looks good, I’ll either look at their Facebook or Instagram or their website because many times I’ll find a great boutique that ends up being out of business or not open when I’m in the area.  Finally, I look for stores that just speak to me, they have to be a small business so if they talk about Small Business Saturday or being locally owned, I’m definitely going there.  I don’t get as excited about stores that have multiple locations.  Sometimes I’ll see that they’ve mentioned brands I’m familiar with so that makes me want to visit as well.  It’s kind of like stalking, but I call it research. On my latest trip to Washington DC I was excited about one boutique because my daughter who lives there had already scouted it out.  But before we went there, she and I visited a super chic little area called Old Town Alexandria in Virginia.  It was just that, a historic town on the Potomac River with lots of street side diners and restaurants as well as big chain retailers like Anthropologie and Francescas.  But nestled in between were some really cute little boutiques.  The few clothing boutiques we walked through made me feel like I was in Candy Land because all the colors were bright and popped.  They had sections of mint, coral, yellow and blue.  Neither my daughter or I are huge fans of those colors and the racks were so stocked full, it wasn’t fun to shop.  We did find a treasure though.  It was a cute little jewelry shop called She’s Unique.  Click here for their Facebook page  I knew it was a win when we stepped in the door onto the Shop Small rug and saw the owner’s dog lying on the floor.  Inside was a beautifully and minimally merchandised collection of delicate and simplistic jewelry pieces.  The necklaces were merchandised so nicely in sets of three showing how to layer them together.  Rings were shown stacked and looked beautiful.  Some of the jewelry was in glass cases, but not all and the touches of candles and decor pieces amongst the jewelry made it look like someone paid attention to how they placed every piece in the store.  My daughter found a great necklace and I found several that I loved.  I bought one that was handmade by a local jewelry designer out of sterling with a feather imprint, very delicate.  Sadly, we didn’t get to spend much time in the area because the shops closed by 6 since it was a week night.  A couple days later we ventured into downtown Georgetown, not far from the university to another old town shopping district.  We stopped in to Violet Click here for their Facebook page (where my daughter had been previously) and I was so impressed.  It was right up my alley with a contemporary layout and decor, clear acrylic benches in the fitting rooms and chic displays on the walls.  I saw some brands I was familiar with and others I had never heard of.  We tried on lots of clothes and found a few pieces that we couldn’t leave without.  I would recommend both of these boutiques if you ever go to the Washington DC area.

What To Wear To The White House

Planning a trip to the White House anytime soon?  We just took our family vacation there last week and I can help you with your clothing choices!

First, many people aren’t aware that you can, in fact, go inside the White House.  It just takes a little pre planning.  As soon as you know the dates that you will be in Washington DC, contact your State Senator.  Let them know you are interested in touring the White House.  You may also let them know you’d like to sit in on a House of Representatives or a Senate session at the Capital, perhaps you can take care of both items with one call.  We didn’t do this before our trip, we only took care of the White House.  A background check is required for everyone entering the White House, therefore, have birthdates available for all those accompanying you on the tour.  Also to be noted, handbags, backpacks or any bag of any kind is not allowed in the White House.  Phones are permitted, there is even a hashtag for sharing your photos on social media, #WhiteHousetour.

We were in DC in May and weather varied each day.  We had rain some days and sun with humidity others, so I highly recommend wearing lightweight pieces that can be layered and comfortable shoes because you’ll be walking and standing in lots of lines.  I highly recommend a lightweight jacket or cardigan because often the interiors are air conditioned and could be a bit chilly.

A rainy day in Washington DC means layering.

Our White House tour day was sunny, thank goodness, since we stood outside in lines.

Fashion at the White House seemed a little more dressy, but we did see some wearing workout wear.  As a sign of respect I believe dressing in something you would wear to work or to church is a good idea.