Posts Tagged ‘consignment’

Holiday 2012: Fabulous Party Dresses for Less

November 19, 2012

The holiday season comes and goes so quickly, and we all have so many things to get done around the holidays: shopping for gifts, baking cookies, and holiday parties. When does that leave time for picking out the perfect holiday dresses for the season? Start planning early to make sure you find the perfect outfits to wear for the 2012 holiday season.

Remember these pointers when deciding on your dress:

  • Choose the right holiday dress style to accent your figure and that makes you feel comfortable when you wear it.
  • Pick a holiday dress color that is appropriate for the season and also works best with your skin tone. For complexions that have blue or pink undertones, choose white, black, navy blue, red, or shocking pink dresses. For complexions that are pale or pinkish, choose pastels or soft neutrals. Complexions with golden undertones work best when paired with camel, beige, orange, gold, or dark brown dresses. For a creamy white or peach complexion, wear warm colors like camel, peach, golden yellow or golden brown.
  • Get the right size that is the perfect fit for you. When ordering a holiday dress online, consult the size chart. Be sure to have a good seamstress available, as alterations will ensure the perfect fit and make you look your best.

Visit Formally Hers and start planning for Holiday 2012, and browse cocktail dresses or evening gowns today.

  

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What to Wear to a Summer Wedding: Dressing Tips

August 2, 2012

It may not be your special day, but that doesn’t mean you don’t deserve to look gorgeous. The problem is that dressing for a wedding can be tricky. Because you shouldn’t have to stress out about a wedding that isn’t yours, we’ve put together some tips to ensure that you’ll turn heads while sticking to the dress code. Now all you’ve got to worry about is how to get that cute groomsman to dance with you.

What to Wear to a Summer Wedding: Basic Do’s and Don’ts

Do

  • Wear summer colors like turquoise, melon, strawberry, or kelly green
  • Wear cute pumps and/or sandals for an inside wedding/reception
  • Wear black (with color) to an evening wedding
  • Wear something sexy- but tasteful
  • Wear a linen pants suit

Don’t

  • Wear white, unless the bride requests it
  • Wear black to an afternoon/morning wedding. Pick something colorful
  • Wear heels for an outside wedding/reception (your heel will get stuck in the grass)

Dress for the time and place

Afternoon ceremonies tend to be more casual than evening soirees, so first take into account what time the event is taking place. At noon, it’s perfectly appropriate to wear a summer sundress or pastel skirt, while at six; it’s more fitting to wear a satin or chiffon cocktail dress. Many weddings nowadays call for a wardrobe change between a low-key ceremony and fancy reception. Determine how much to dress up or down according to the time and venue of the event.

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Choose Complementary Accessories
A metallic pair of sandals or shoes are the perfect partner to a summer dress. For a ballroom affair, select strappy stilettos or peep-toes. If the event is taking place outdoors, you may want to opt for wedges or flats that won’t get stuck in the grass or sand.

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It’s also important to choose the right bag. Find a small clutch or wristlet that complements your outfit and fill it with your essentials, among which should be powder. Summer means heat, and heat means sweat, so be prepared.

Go Light on Makeup and Jewelry
Fresh; minimalistic makeup is more flattering for a summer wedding. Ditch the heavy lipstick and apply a shimmering gloss to keep lips moist and shiny. Be sure to wear a sunscreen if you’ll be outdoors, but go light on the foundation or wear a light coating of powder instead.

Because you’re probably wearing a light, breezy dress, you should also go light on the jewelry. Cumbersome baubles look awkward with an airy ensemble, so trade your chandelier earrings for pearls or studs. A little bling goes a long way in the summer time.

Come in and visit with us at Formally Hers. We feature ladies’ formal wear, mother of the bride or groom, cocktail attire, shoes and evening bags; everything you need for that perfect summer wedding attire.

Fur at a Garage Sale?

September 14, 2010

Annual Merchant Garage Sale

This past Saturday was Hinsdale’s Annual Merchants Garage Sale. We have participated every year since it began over 40 years ago. Once a year the village cleans out the municipal garage, where they store all the big trucks and allow the merchants to set up shop for the day. This year, we set up for both our Formal Wear and fur salon and were joined by the bicycle shop, women’s clothing shop, a hardware store, housewares, a jeweler, books and a few more merchants that I can not recall. All the 1st time shoppers are shocked to see a furrier set up in a garage but when they check out the prices they are glad that we are there. Since the beginning we have participated more as a promotional tool and made a few sales of furs from the prior year at our cost. Since we opened our consignment section , This Old Fur, we use the sale as the kick off the season.

A very happy customer

 

I hope you can see from the photos that a furrier in a garage sale is different but fun. I am writing this blog to remind other Entrepreneurs that some times a little change and a lot a fun = sales and happy customers. As soon as we returned to the store we set the date for 2 Fur Fantasy Events! These are dress up parties to benefit charities.  Please let me know about any creative marketing ideas you have tried during this tough economy.

If the sales on Saturday were any indication – fur is the choice for this winter season!

Time is Flying By

August 22, 2010

Consignment Mink from the 70's

This week, we began taking furs on consignment for the season. I was telling a newer employee all the things I think about when pricing the coats  brought in for consignment. Price if  new, style, condition, quality and age being the major points. I showed her how to check for worn areas and explained the most common worn areas are the edges: cuffs, fronts, bottom and pockets then elbows and seat area.
I explained you can usually guess age from the condition of the pelt and the style but confirm this with the customer. I suggested to ask if it was purchased for a special occasion and learn the age from that. Some times timing is everything!!!! Just as I was explaining my reason for this I had a customer bring her mink coat to sell and the style told me 1990’s. I asked how old and she said under 10 years. I then asked if it was a gift for a special occasion and she said yes when my son was born. I asked what grade he was in. We all laughed when she said he was just heading back to college. I had to explain to the customer that  time flying by is a very common problem and I had just finished explaining that to my co-worker.
I do it also, just ask and I will tell you I am 35! LOL

How to choose a consignment shop

June 1, 2010

Are you thinking about bringing clothes you no longer wear to a consignment shop? What should you do first?
First, you should go out shopping at the consignment shops you are considering bringing your items to. Do you like the atmosphere? Do they provide good customer service?
Does it look like a boutique or a rummage sale? Are the items they have for sale things that you would wear? If they are styles and brands that you would purchase, chances are shoppers would purchase your items.

Next, you should ask about the consignment policy and procedures. Do you need an appointment? What is the split? When are you paid? How long is the consignment period? What happens to the items that don’t sell? Are you able to pick them up? Do they get donated and if so, who gets the donation receipt?

Once you find a consignment shop that meets your needs, go home and clean your closets. Be sure that the items you bring in are cleaned and pressed. You wouldn’t want to buy dirty clothes and neither would other shoppers. I strongly suggest that you sort your clothing by season. Most consignment shops are seasonal; they do not take summer items in November nor winter items in June.

When you bring your items in, be sure that the items are going to be accepted for sale. Confirm the date that you would need to pick up any unsold items. Then tell all your friends that you found a great place to shop. Remember: the more people that go into the store, the more sales will be made – so spread the word! When you get the check for your sold items, you will be glad that you told your friends. Perhaps you can even find a new outfit at the same consignment shop.

If Consignment Shops Could Speak

January 22, 2010

Consignment Bridal Gown with SleevesI love the stories I hear while working at our new resale shop. It is almost as if the wedding dresses, evening gowns and even the evening bags and shoes have a life of their own. When the consignees bring in the items I hear where they wore the items. We have a dress that went to Obama’s Inaugural Ball and a wedding dress that was never worn because she found out in the nick of time “what the groom was really like”.
I also get to hear the plans for the items being purchased. Since our store specializes in evening and formal wear most of the purchases are made with an event in mind. Today alone, I sold St. John suit off-white with rhinestones that is going to a Bar Mitzvah in New York City, a pair of Ferragamo pumps that are going on a Cruise and Bridal Gown. My favorite was the  birdal gown to a bride who was on a budget – she shared with me that by only spending $300 on her dress she could include a few more friends on her invite list.

This is definitely a rewarding business. I will from time to time share other stories about the adventures of our formal wear!

So you got a new fur coat for Christmas

December 29, 2009

The word “new” in the title is meant to mean “new to you” – with today’s economy many Santas picked a beautiful gently used fur coat for their loved ones.  The important thing when you get a fur (or any clothing) as a gift is to be sure it is well suited for you. Santa wants you to enjoy your gift and may not know exactly what style or size is best for you.

Before deciding whether or not you are going to keep the fur Santa brought down the chimney, you should ask yourself a few questions:

1) Do I want to wear this garment all the time or is it strictly dressy or casual? (A full length coat is great for dressy occasions, but not practical for running around and getting in and out of your car.)

2) Are the sleeves long enough?  (The sleeve should come down to the knuckle of your thumb when your arm is straight down.  The bottom of the sleeve should cover your wrist when you bend your arm.)

3) Is the fur the right color for me? I suggest you read my previous blog-Your Fur Coat Must Compliment Your Hair, Not Match It, So You Look Great!

Most important thing to remember is Santa wants you to wear and enjoy your gift.  He doesn’t want it sitting in the closet! If you decide to keep the coat, take it to your local furrier to make sure the closures are in the correct place and to have it monogrammed.

Bridal Gowns for Budget Weddings – Consider Used Formal Wear at Consignment Shops

December 2, 2009

I was searching the web this weekend in order to get an idea what to price two gently worn wedding gowns that were brought in for consignment at our new consignment formal wear store. During my search I came across the site Top-wedding-dresses and their blog post of November 29th, 2009 titled Ten Ways to Cut Wedding Costs.

The author starts the blog “There are two types of wedding couples: Those who have unlimited finances to throw the party of their choice and those who have to remain within a budget. If you are the latter, there are ways to have the wedding you desire without going way into debt to do so. But it will take a bit of compromise. Here are 10 ways where you can cut costs in certain areas to free up money to put elsewhere into something you really want for your wedding ceremony or reception.”
Consignment Bridal Gown with Sleeves
This blog has some great hints for everything from the invitations, to the food and beverage. I encourage you to read her other hints. Of course what caught my eye was the part about wedding gowns. She suggests renting the bridal gown and those for the bride’s maids and flower girl. This sent me on a quest to find costs for renting bridal dresses. I found the range for renting between $300 and $800. I suggest looking at consignment shops and buying a once loved gown. At our store the gowns that we currently have are priced from $300 to a never worn one at $800.

New Hinsdale IL Resale Shop to Open for Formal Wear, Wedding Attire, Accessories, Shoes, etc.

October 31, 2009

We are getting ready to open Formally Hers on Saturday, November 14th.   There is a planned preview party (if you’d like an invite to the preview party send me an email) scheduled for November 12th. It is tricky running a business and trying to get another opened at the same time. Thank goodness I have wonderful staff at Hinsdale Furriers and a carpenter husband. This weekend we paint and next week the fixtures start getting put together. It is exciting to be starting something new.

Wedding and Fashion Attire on Consignment at Reduced Prices

It is so unbelievable the amount of worn lovingly once evening wear that has come into the store. We already have over 300 garments just from one advertisement and a letter in our Hinsdale Furriers newsletter. It is fun to hear the stories of the outfits: where they were worn, what the occasion was or why they were not worn. It is also fun to see my employees drool over some of the items. The most fun was the day some one brought in Jimmy Choo Shoes and my employees played Cinderella. To their dismay not one of them was Cinderella.