Though Scott and I live on the Upper East Side, our apartment is "east of Third." In Manhattan-speak, that means we live light years away from the socialites and hedge-fund folks along Fifth Avenue and Park Avenue.
If you peek inside my closet, you will find very few designer pieces - all of them bought at a major discount. However, I walk by designer resale shops every week, and regularly pop in to see what's new.
This is the first of a series of posts about high-end consignment shops in the neighborhood. While these offer great deals, they are still not cheap. That $575 DvF dress might be $125 - not peanuts, but an amazing bargain for the dress. But we're not talking fake handbags on Canal Street here. These are the real deals.
Michael's Consignment, 1041 Madison Avenue @79th Street
Michael's has been around for more than 60 years and according to the manager, regularly receives consignments from their Upper East Side neighbors as well as women in Dallas, Boston, Italy, Tokyo and other places.
She explained that March/April (as in right now!) and September/October are great times to score deals, as women are cleaning out their closets and making room for the new season.
Their shoe selection is especially easy to shop. They group popular designers together, so you don't have to dig through hundreds of shoes in search of Choos. Note this entire wall of Manolo Blahniks, or a section of the Christian Louboutin display shown above.