I was perusing through my DuJour magazine when I came across an article on Luxury Garage Sale, an upscale consignment service specializing in selling new and gently used contemporary, designer and vintage clothing and accessories. I have been extremely fascinated by the world of consignment and the gems that people seem to find but never really took the leap and began shopping for consigned items. After reading the article, I took a trip over to their online store and bid on my first item within the first 30 minutes. The next day I had won a new gorgeous cashmere Chris Benz sweater dress for a quarter of the price! I WAS HOOKED.
I now visit Luxury Garage Sale on a weekly basis to preview their new merchandise and perhaps place a bid or two. This month they even took their business to the next level and opened a boutique in Chicago, which I WISH I could visit (next trip out there for sure!). I am fascinated with their store and the entire business of consignment so I reached out and asked the owners, Brielle Buchburg and Lindsay Segal to give some insight into their business, their passion for vintage and a little about themselves.
Tell me a little about yourselves and how LGS came about.
Brielle: We have been friends since we were three years old. I was previously working as a corporate event planner and in my spare time was helping my grandparents sell their overstock from their home interior store on ebay. Lindsay was doing visual merchandising at Bloomingdales and on the side was personal styling and helping clients clean out their closets. Her fashion background and my newly learned expertise of the resale market and ebay led us to join forces and launch Luxury Garage Sale.
Where does your inventory come from (both consignment and NWT)? Are there challenges to ensure you always have new and fresh pieces available for your clients?
Lindsay: We work with individual clients as well as stores. After the end of each season, we take store overstock from boutiques nationwide that hasn't moved after their last sale. Mostly though, we get our unique stand out pieces from individual consignors going through some sort of life change and wanting to pare down.
Authenticity is sometimes hard to confirm these days. How do you make sure the items being consigned are legitimate designer pieces?
Brielle: This is EXTREMELY important to us. We have an authenticator on staff who is trained in finding the markings and other details that separate a real item from a fake item.
I feel many people get scared of buying consignment pieces for the first time. What are some suggestions you have to those who may be new to it all?
Your first store has opened this month. Please tell me a bit about your plans for the store and the client experience you are looking to offer.
What are some of the best and hardest parts of running your own business?
What are your personal styles and who are your style influencers? Finally, what is your most favorite piece in your closet?
If you are not in Chicago you can shop like I do at their online store but if you are in the Windy City, I HIGHLY suggest stopping by their new boutique at 1658 N. Wells Street. But beware...it is incredibly addicting.
Thank you Lindsay and Brielle and congrats on the new store!