Such is the stuff of my dreams: A Diane von Furstenberg wrap dress. A Nanette Lapore jacket. A Cole Haan bag.
Correction: Such WAS the stuff of my dreams.
Designer consignment has the potential to be a wondrous thing. So does
, the chic little boutique of a consignment store that recently opened in Tampa's SoHo district.
Owner Lauren Basil saw the current recession as an opportunity. "People still want really high end things," she says. "But they don't want to pay retail for it -- like me."
And it appears there was a pent-up supply of designer clothing in our area just begging to be let out of closets. Lauren and her husband, Justin, originally planned to open in September after stocking up on inventory. But they got so much in the first few weeks, they have opened their doors early.
In a preliminary tour this weekend, I saw quite a lot for a gal with champagne taste on a beer budget.
Consider the Nanette Lapore suit, which might retail for $700-plus, priced at $250. Or the Juicy Couture white sundress, brand new with the tags to prove it, originally $188. Mosh Posh has priced it a $95.
I was especially smitten with the wide selection of designer jeans at Gap prices -- Sevens, Citizens of Humanity, J. Brand, AG -- all around $50. True Religion's are $80. Consignment is a plus, since department stores will charge you extra for the "broken in" look.
Other hot commodities: Women's business suits, many from Theory and Tahari, in the $150 range. Lauren promises there is something for every age group, including older labels like St. John knits and preppy standby Lilly Pulitzer.
Lauren says she is focused on providing a better experience for both customer and consignor. Unlike most consignment stores, Mosh Posh does not feel like a Goodwill. And she is working on a website that will let consignors log in and see which of their items have sold. (Consignors stand to make 50 percent of the selling price, and the Basils are offering 60 percent through the end of August.)
Seeing is believing. Check out the
, or in person at 500 South Howard Ave., Suite D. It's across the street from MacDintons, but we'll forgive them for that.
~ Deal Diva Letitia