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Women's Consignment Shops

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Women's Consignment Shops

Are there any Consignment shops or good second hand clothing stores that stock better than average women's clothing in London? I will be needing to do some costuming and am looking for good places to do so.

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1. Re: Women's Consignment Shops

Not sure what a consignment store is - not something that I'm aware of that we have here. Would a charity shop be similar? In the suburbs you will find a fair variety. Where will you be staying?

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…wikipedia.org/wiki/…Second-hand_shops

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Now I understand. We would call them dress agencies, I think. They usually offer high quality labels. Charity shops may still fill the bill for your needs though.

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Beyond Retro in Shoreditch isn't bad. Big shop - not the cheapest though

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I am not sure what a dress agency is. A look on Google suggests that it may be something like T.K. Maxx. I understand that T.K. Maxx is part of the same company that operates T.J. Maxx in the USA. However, I understand from an American friend who is very knowledgeable about clothing that the two shops are completely different. T.K. Maxx sells fairly cheaply items which were at their original price much more expensive. I understand from this friend that T.J. Maxx is entirely different and is simply a bargain clothing store similar to Primark, although it occurs to me that Primark may not mean anything to an American. Even if it is not exactly what you have in mind I would give T.K. Maxx a try.

Edited: 30 June 2014, 20:55
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A dress agency is where you take in clothes you no longer need ( usually fairly decent labels) and then when they are sold you receive the selling price less the shop's commission. It is nothing like T.J. Maxx.

The Red Cross has good quality second hand shops. Look at this list and perhaps start with the shop in High a Street Kensington.

redcross.org.uk/Where-we-work/…Shop

Edited: 30 June 2014, 21:05
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7. Re: Women's Consignment Shops

OK. Thanks for the clarification. I have never heard of such a thing. Are they something of a rarity?

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Try second hand or charity shops in posh areas, the charity shops in St John's Wood had second hand clothes for sale at more than I would pay for new, but obviously with 'good' labels.

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JonathanQuinn- yes probably fairly rare. A quick search indicates a handful in London, perhaps they have been superseded by eBay?

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Dress agencies aren't particularly rare - though they're not really aimed at what I'd understand by "costuming". They mostly sell high-quality clothing that was close to cutting edge last year, or whose buyer has just got bored. The pieces are what well-dressed women will happily wear somewhere needing high quality, but not remotely "costume-y", clothes

For what I'd call costuming (it really never helps to use dialect jargon on forums like this, and a lot of people would have been saved a lot of work if you'd asked your question in plain English), you should google "Vintage OR Retro clothing, London"

Some charity shops often specialise - often quite expensively - in second hand clothes that make a statement. You'll find recentish reviews of the more flamboyant at timeout.com/london/shopping/the-best-charity… and theguardian.com/fashion/2013/nov/21/the-best…

It's important to note the branch, not the chain. The major charities have gazillions of shops, but typically concentrate their most flamboyant pieces in a couple of branches known to specialise in the high end of what they've got

Googling charity shops will throw up literally hundreds in London.