The consignment world is booming in New Orleans, but there’s something missing: womens wear.
There’s a big reason why the ladies in these shops look so damn good.
For one, there’s no one else in the city to compare them to.
In a town where there are plenty of options for women to wear, there are no women-only consignment houses, and that’s a problem for retailers like the consignment house that sells the women’s and womens dresses and accessories that make up a lot of the dresses at consignments in New England.
“We’re definitely a market for women’s apparel,” says Jennifer Niedermeyer, a sales associate at The Brooklyn Knitting Factory in New London.
“But that doesn’t mean we can’t make the clothes that women love.”
As Niedersmeyer sees it, consignment stores are like the original clothing shops.
“There’s a whole community of people who want to see something new,” she says.
“People want something new, and there’s a lot to choose from.”
Consignment houses like The Brooklyn knitter’s are a small subset of what are known as “fashion consignment” stores.
These shops sell dresses, dresses with lace and lace accessories, shoes and accessories, and even vintage clothing.
These stores are typically small, run by a woman or a woman-owned business, and are owned by a person or a business.
There are two kinds of women-owned fashion consignment businesses: small and big.
The first is a business that specializes in women’s clothing.
They sell out of one store, and then come back to offer the next, and so on.
The second is a big, chain-wide, business that sells lots of clothing.
Their stock is constantly changing.
The Brooklyn and other small consignment firms, on the other hand, tend to be bigger.
The larger a business is, the more it will likely have to sell more than one product.
This makes them able to stock more products and increase their profit margins, so they can make more money.
Small consignment companies typically don’t have to be as well-known as big consignment retailers, Niedermuth says.
It’s rare to see them on the front page of a New York Times, for example, and the Brooklyn Knitter’s shop is a relatively new addition to the market.
Small fashion consigners are more likely to have their names printed on the back of each garment.
The women at The Knitter are more experienced and have a lot more experience selling women’s fashion than the men, Niesmeyer says.
The clothes come in a wide variety of styles and fabrics.
They can be handmade dresses, women’s dresses, men’s dresses and even some of the more traditional types of women’s dress like skirts and jackets.
Most of the clothing sold by The Knitters is made in New Zealand, which makes it an ideal market for New England businesses, especially when it comes to the availability of high-quality women’s clothes, says Elizabeth Gifford, owner of the Brooklyn Women’s Fashion Collective.
“If you can find quality women’s garments in New Hampshire or Maine or anywhere in New America, then you can make a big profit.”
Small fashion firms also tend to make more sales than big ones, Giffard says.
When a shop sells out of a product, that’s usually because the supplier has had to make it themselves or has run out of stock, she says, adding that the prices can be high because there are more choices available.
But small fashion consigned goods are not limited to New England: Niederbacher says she’s been working with a couple of women in her local area who also have consignment business.
“It’s really easy to do and it’s really quick to sell,” she said.
“I love that the ladies can be themselves and the buyers can be women, too.”
In the next installment of this series, we’ll talk about how to shop around in New Jersey, and about the unique challenges that women face in finding dresses that fit their style.