To Consign or Not to Consign? The Stressful Journey of Trying to Make Money Off Your Old Clothes

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Want to get rack space at a resale store? Better have thick skin. | Shutterstock.

If you were to open up my trunk, you’d think I was a hoarder. There are Hefty bags in there, more than I can count on one hand, each one stuffed with clothes that didn’t make it through one of my ruthless closet clean-outs. There were more bags, but I tossed most of them into various donation bins across Bucks County — you know, to spread the wealth. The bags in my trunk are my consignment bags, my secret money-makers. Sometimes I like to think that these Heftys will net me thousands. Then I will go on a shopping spree and it will be like it was free!

I know what to bring in to consignment stores — newer pieces, mid-to-high price, recognizable labels, no obvious signs of wear — and I know where these consignment stores are (here, here, here, here and here). I just have to, you know, work up the courage to actually go to them. Because I’ve been to one before, and it wasn’t pretty.

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Indochino Menswear Shop Opens a Temporary Store After Electrical Fire

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Indochino’s Chestnut Street location, temporarily closed. | Photo courtesy of Indochino.

After an electrical fire broke out in the basement of Indochino last Tuesday, the Chestnut Street store has plans to reopen at a temporary location. The custom menswear showroom will reopen at 128 South 17th Street tomorrow at 10am.

“We have a fantastic team who have been working around the clock to get the showroom back up and running with minimal disruption for our guys,” said Shontae Parham, Indochino’s Philadelphia showroom manager, in a release sent out this morning. “We may be in a different location for a while but we promise that the customer experience and exceptional service will remain the same.”  Click here for hours and more details.

The Edit: 10 Men’s Spring Jackets to Buy Before It Gets Any Warmer

mensjackets_withslugThe easiest way to dapper-ize an outfit is with great outerwear. A crisp waxed-canvas jacket or trim bomber elevates a worn pair of jeans, and a denim jacket instantly adds style cred when layered under a blazer. (See how to pull this off here.) Instead of investing in an entire new wardrobe for spring, consider buying one great jacket. We’ve found 10 of the best out there now. Consider it your shopping list. (Psst: Check out our lineup of the most stylish spring jackets for women here, and see our roundup of the must-know men’s spring trends here.)

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Market Report: 23 Ways to Look and Feel Better In Just One Minute

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How to look and feel fresher in 60 seconds (fab sunnies help). | Shutterstock.

  • Got one minute? Do just one of these 23 tricks and you’ll look brighter, feel better and start your day off right. [Cosmopolitan]
  • Day beds instead of sofas, no more drawers, silicon furniture: The head designer of IKEA Sweden on his seven predictions for what your house will look like in 2020. [Fast Company]
  • Have white sneakers? Then you need to read this, the go-to guide for cleaning white kicks. [GQ]

Next: What your luggage says about you.

We Have Found the Best Gel Nail Polish Ever

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Truth bomb: My mother-in-law keeps QVC in business. Single-handedly. She gets deliveries from the West Chester-based retail empire on a near daily-basis. She’s on a first-name basis with the UPS guy.

I don’t ever shop at QVC. I’ve been to the main campus (yes, it’s a campus), which is beyond huge and could probably secede from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and start its own independent state. Former QVC queen Lisa Robertson would be president.  Read more »

Market Report: Are Super-Sexy Clothes Totally Out Of Style?

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Shiny, sparkly, short … sex still sells. | Shutterstock.

  • While designers are showing androgynous, refined looks on the runways, many shoppers still want pure sex appeal, particularly US and Russian consumers. (Sigh.)  [Business of Fashion]
  • Is this the end of the Gap? Sales have been sinking since 2006, thanks to dated designs and the rise of fast fashion (see: Zara, H&M). And they’re looking to do anything to get you back in the stores…. [Fast Company]
  • In unexpected fashion news, famed high-fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto is designing a Hello Kitty collection of apparel and accessories. [Elle]

Up next: We might be getting a Whopper-scented perfume.

Monday Obsession: Tanya Taylor Skirt and Top Is the Perfect Spring Outfit

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The designer to watch now: Tanya Taylor. The New York-based designer launched her womenswear line in 2012; since then, she’d been a CFDA finalist (think of this as the Oscars of fashion and accessory design) and she’s dressed the First Lady. Now you can score her fresh, feminine designs at Knit Wit  — and you should. The top and skirt above, from Taylor’s spring/summer 2015 collection, are topping my shopping list now. It’s pitch-perfect pattern mixing in juicy sorbet hues. Wear it for Easter dinner, or to simply celebrate the end of the longest winter ever.  Read more »

Fill In Your Bookshelves With All of These Shiny, Pretty Things at HOME Boutique

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A colleague recently moved into a new office, one that already had two huge bookcases in it, both stuffed to the brim with back issues of magazines. As we stood surveying the space (once anyone switches offices, I immediate make a visit for decorating and planning purposes, sort of like the office decorating fairy), we decided that the shelves need an overhaul.

Then my colleague, creative designer that he is, mentioned the Bookshelf Rule of Thirds (his name, not mine).  Of your bookcase, devote one-third of the space to books, one-third to tchotchkes, and one-third to open space. Follow this rule, he explained, and you’ll have the ideal bookshelf — not too crammed, not too empty.  I’ve got your tchotchkes covered.

Check Out This Beautiful Graffiti Made Out of Silk

You might know Aubrie Costello from her day job as store manager of Bus Stop. But when she’s not at the Queen Village boutique, she’s creating incredible art installations on the walls of residential homes, in store windows, and for galleries. She refers to her work as ‘silk graffiti,’ but it’s far more subtle than what we typically think of when we think of graffiti. Her pieces are haunting phrases, quotes or simple words, rendered in looping strips of shredded silk that she tacks to the wall with nails.  Read more »

What We’re Coveting: Felt + Fat Tableware, the Secret of Philly’s Best Chefs

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Photo by Dom Savini.

If you ask Nate Mell and Wynn Bauer, the best supporting actor in a meal is the plate. They should know: Their Port Richmond-based ceramics line, Felt + Fat, has been the secret of Philly’s top chefs — including Eli Kulp and Nicholas Elmi, both of whom have worked with the duo on custom dishware for their restaurants — since it launched in 2013. Their tonal porcelain, best when rendered in marbleized pastels, is predominantly available by special order, but Mell and Bauer are launching a Kickstarter this month to take the line to retail, so home cooks can serve in style no matter what’s on the menu. From $25 to $64; feltandfat.com.

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