Posts Tagged ‘resale’

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.

Customer Service on the Web- Can It Be Achieved?

October 26, 2010

I thought that if we did business over the web we would lose the personal touch that we are so known for… boy was I wrong! The following is a series of emails I exchanged with Heidi, a bride purchasing a used mink stole to wear over her wedding dress. (When I check my email each morning I am notified of any on-line purchases and then I send an email to the customer. The following are the conversations with Heidi initiated by her $80.00 purchase of a mink stole.)
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Heidi
Thank you for you order. Tuesday we will be cleaning and covering the monogram on your new stole. It should be shipped out by Thursday. We will email you tracking information when it is shipped. Please let us know when you have received it.

Thanks for your purchase

Susie
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“Hi Susie,
Thanks for the email! I wondered if you could tell me a little more about it because the picture didn’t really show the collar so I was wondering if it is no collar/shawl/hooded ? It looks adorable and I’m really excited to have it for my winter wedding.
Thanks,
Heidi”

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“Heidi, it doesn’t have a collar it is beautiful it has a sort of set back look around the neck. If you are not in love when you get it let us know right a way and send it back!

Congratulations on the wedding!

Susie”
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“Susie,
Holy crap – this stole is awesome! I love the set back shawl collar. It is so unique and I really wanted something a little different. The color is perfect too because my wedding dress is a warm pink. Also, living in NC means I don’t really need a jacket or coat and so this is something I can wear often, even with my dressy black and white snake cowboy boots. 🙂 I’m just thrilled!
I had a Q about item 2287 – is the width adjustable? It looks a little overlapped in the picture. I’m asking because my best friend is a plus size (maybe 22W or 24W) and I wonder what the length is and if it is adjustable.
Thanks so much!
H”

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“Glad you love it Heidi! #2287 won’t fit but the other stoles on the site are all large enough- I just tried each and everyone on.

If it is okay with you I may use your note in my blog! No last names or addresses

Thanks

Susie”
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“Hi Susie,
Thanks for letting me know about the stoles and their sizes. I will keep an eye out.
SURE you can use my comments on your blog (sans last names and addresses). Please do! I saw some of your posts – love your new hair 🙂
I really appreciate what you do with This Old Fur. I don’t want to buy new out of respect for the animals and it’s such a great service and easy to buy “new vintage” from Hinsdale.
Heidi”

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After rereading these notes, I feel like I am accomplishing the same level of customer service and personal relationship as I do with my “face to face “clients. Buying a fur is a big investment, be it a used fur or a new one. I feel that the customer should be educated and treated with honesty no matter if they are in my showroom or on a computer. It is very unfortunate that not all web businesses share the same integrity.

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

In An Instant … Tragedy Strikes!

June 21, 2010

The store engulfed in flames

Last Friday night as I was driving home during a horrendous rain storm, I could see smoke up ahead … and then my cell phone rang and I received devastating news.

The WINGS Resale shop in Palatine was burning to the ground.
You may not know that WINGS is my favorite charity. I have been an active and passionate WINGS volunteer for 20 years. Here’s a description from its website, in case you’re not familiar with the organization:

WINGS (Women In Need Growing Stronger) is a not for profit agency that helps homeless and abused women and children by offering integrated services that meet their needs for shelter, education, guidance and support. We provide safe, secure living environments, through transitional housing and emergency shelter, in residential neighborhoods that allow women to go to school, work, and achieve financial and emotional independence.

WINGS provides an amazing and wonderful service to the community. It has the capacity to provide shelter for 45 women and children fleeing domestic violence in a safe house, and has beds in transitional housing for 120 people in need. This program has helped thousands of women and children – many of which I have met personally during my time as a volunteer.

The Resale shop that I saw go up in flames has been providing the major source of revenue for the WINGS program. Even so, I realize this tragic situation could have been so much worse. We are blessed the building had been evacuated because the storm had caused a power outage – and so no one was hurt. Nevertheless …

The need for help is huge and immediate.

State funding contributes only some 2% of WINGS operating revenues. The WINGS team relies heavily on resale shop sales and on individual and corporate donors. The Palatine Shop – the largest revenue producer of the three WINGS resale shops – had been netting over $500,000 annually – some 14% of the budget.

There has been a great outpouring of support from the community. We’re grateful that people are dropping items at the other resale shops in great numbers. But what WINGS needs immediately is money, so that it can continue serving its population of homeless women and children.

Please help! WINGS needs our money now. Follow this link to donate – and in the place on the form where you can honor someone, enter the words “Susie Says” or “Facebook Friend” so WINGS can see how wonderful the internet community is! And please – if you have items to donate for resale – hold them until WINGS can get another storefront up and running. In the meantime, if you have store fixtures, let me know.

Thanks very much for reading this. Your help means a lot to me.

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!