For brand names at consignment prices, stroll through Julie's Walk-In Closet in Brandon
Westfield Brandon rocks my socks, but last week I learned it's not the only place in Eastern Hillsborough County to score brands like Coach, Dolce & Gabbana and Ann Taylor. The new consignment shop Julie's Walk-In Closet at 759 W Brandon Blvd. lives up to its slogan of "consignment shopping with a boutique feeling."
Owner Julie Pomeroy (that's her on your right) worked for 25 years at a veterinary hospital before opening the women's clothing shop on June 18. "We're searching for a shopper who is discriminating, used to quality and not willing to pay full price for those high-end brands," she said when I stopped in last week. Is she speaking our language or what?
On my visit, I found brand names, most at about 70 percent off the retail price, for jeans, tops, dresses, suits, shoes, accessories, maternity wear and more, all organized by size. Love that!
If you're looking to clean out your closet, bring in your like-new clothing and accessories for consignment. Pomeroy is currently accepting light fall items, short-sleeve shirts, shorts, shoes and handbags. You'll get 50 percent of the proceeds. If an item doesn't sell after 90 days, you can pick it up or Pomeroy will donate them to charity.
Keep reading to check out some deals I scoped there last week.
Green dress, Due Per Due, size 6, $29.99:
Wedge peep-toe shoes, Steve by Steve Madden, size 6, $19.99:
Brand new Coach purse with the tags still on, $349.99 (original price was $658.00):
Dolce & Gabbana snakeskin belt, $99:
Banana Bob's vintage '80s necklace (I can't believe the 1980s are considered vintage), $49.99:
Brand new interchangeable watches. Each face costs $12.99, and the bands are sold separately for $12.99. Additional bands are $9.99:
This outfit costs $20.97: shirt $3.99 (BKE, medium), scarf $12.99 (brand new from Stein Mart), denim bag $3.99 (brand unknown):
At $61.97, this ensemble is a bit pricier, but it's still cheaper than what you'll find at the mall. And it comes with bottoms! Shirt $10.00 (BCX, medium), jeans $15.99 (Ann Taylor Loft, size 2), belt $34.99 (Brighton, size unknown):
I can't guarantee these items are still in stock, but Pomeroy gets in 150 new pieces every day, so check back often.
~ Deal Diva Dalia